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Murray Wallace: "The incentive is massive for us"

Defender discusses crucial Cup contest at Wimbledon

14 February 2019

Murray Wallace has highlighted the incentive for Millwall to reach the Quarter-Finals of the Emirates FA Cup, claiming that the team are preparing well and certainly will not take Saturday’s opponents AFC Wimbledon for granted.

“We’ve had a quick turnaround of games, so at the moment on the training ground it has been about games, recovery and then more games. After playing on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday, we just need to recover and prepare right to be ready to face Wimbledon on Saturday,” the defender told millwallfc.co.uk.

“The incentive is massive. If you look at the teams who remain in the competition, some of the big boys have been knocked out, whilst some of the smaller teams are still in the running. Wimbledon might not be doing too well in the League, but they’ve shown what they can do and they’ve shown the magic of the Cup by knocking West Ham out in the last round.

“We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted, and can hopefully go and get the win.”

Wallace admits that the Cup can be a mental break from Sky Bet Championship action, and says the team can potentially play with the shackles off this weekend.

“I think the Cup can act as a welcome break from the League. With the position we’re in, there’s a bit of pressure at times with our League games, but we can go into Saturday with the pressure off, and it will be a different type of challenge on Saturday.

“We may be going in as favourites, but it will be a tough game.”

Having been the goalscoring hero in the previous round at The Den against Everton, the Scotsman is eagerly anticipating the test for a potential Cup run, and has touched on his established left-back spot in Neil Harris’ side.

“I was obviously buzzing after the winner in the last round with the goal and the game itself, and the lads were all buzzing as well.

“Not many expected us to get past Everton, and it’s a good test for ourselves to see how far we can go in this Cup.

“It’s been fine in the position I’ve been in. It’s different in the case that at full-back you’re up and down more than at centre-back, and it’s always good to add something to the team.”


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