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Murray Wallace: "We've dealt with demanding August well"

Defender reflects on busy month as Lions return to The Den for Hull clash

30 August 2019

Murray Wallace says Millwall have navigated through a busy August schedule well, as The Lions prepare for the final match of the month - and before the international break - against Hull City at The Den this Saturday.

The defender is pleased with how the side have dealt with the demanding run of games, which sees us sit in the top 10 of the Sky Bet Championship going into the weekend.

"It's been quite a hectic start with a lot of games in August, but I think we've started well," Wallace says.

"We've had quite a tough set of games so far, especially on the road with our last three games coming away from home. At home we've been strong, and we've importantly picked up points on the road too.

"There's a positivity in the camp. We obviously had quite a few players leave in the summer after a disappointing season, and plenty have come in - we've got the right characters and mentality in the squad this year."

The Scotsman has been first-choice in the left-back role for Neil Harris so far this campaign, and he gives his reflection on our last League outing away at Middlesbrough, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

"We were disappointed not to get the win at Middlesbrough, to be honest.

"I thought in the first half we were excellent - especially after the result we'd had at Fulham in the midweek before. It was important to bounce back with a strong performance - we started off well and were unlucky not to lead at half-time.

"I think we maybe became more tired in the second half, but it was a good reaction from the midweek game."

Aside from The Lions' 4-0 defeat at Craven Cottage against Fulham, we have conceded just two in four other Championship tests - with Hull about to become the third team to attempt to score the first opposition goal at The Den this season.

"I think we've been solid defensively, especially at home where we've kept clean sheets," Wallace claims.

"Even after going down to 10 men, we showed the right mentality to defend and grind out the result against Sheffield Wednesday. Away from home, the goals we've conceded have perhaps been a bit sloppy, but we've never really looked like we were going to concede.

"We can always improve, but at this early stage I think we look quite strong."

The 26-year-old has analysed his personal progress over the past couple of months, and is relishing Saturday's Den return.

"I'm happy to be back fit - it was a long off-season for me.

"I was dying to get back into action, and I'm glad I got through pre-season fit to crack on with the season.

"It's great to get back to The Den after being away from home for the last few games, especially as we've put in some encouraging displays at home so far with clean sheets. Hopefully we can earn another clean sheet and three points."

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