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Wallace looking forward to "tough" Riverside trip

Lions wing wizard previews Middlesbrough match...

18 January 2019

Millwall's Jed Wallace has stressed the need to "concentrate for 95 minutes" as The Lions go in search of a second away Sky Bet Championship victory of the campaign at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The concession of two late goals brought the club's four-game winning streak to an aburpt end during last weekend's 2-0 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers, with the numbers behind the statistics highlighted post-match.

The winger, however, told that the squad have been working hard in training ahead of the weekend's visit to the Riverside - and also looked forward to a battle of "11 v 11", despite the hosts' spending power.

"Training has been good. We've had a lot of games recently, so we've not had much time on the training ground, but we've been working hard all week. We know what a difficult game Saturday is going to be.

"This one and Derby away will be two very difficult away games for us. We need to start picking up points on the road and carrying on from where we left off at Ipswich.

"Middlesbrough will be a tough game, but we're looking forward to it. They're a big, physical side and we'll probably look to play a similar way to them. Hopefully we'll come out on top.

"We've sold players for many as well, so it's not an excuse. It's 11 v 11 at the end of the day, and we want to get out there as players, take responsibility for our performances, concentrate for 95 minutes and hopefully climb the table."

The changing rooms at Calmont Road and The Den have had fresh faces come into them during the January transfer window, with the quartet of Tom King, Sid Nelson, Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma returning from their respective loan spells, alongside the loan capture of Ben Marshall from Norwich City on Wednesday afternoon.

The 24-year-old explained how Marshall's second coming and the return of the loanees can only help the group - and also looked forward to a reunion with former Lions midfielder George Saville on Saturday.

"Everyone knows what a good player Marshy is. Norwich have had an unbelievable season, so it's been difficult for him to get minutes there, but it's great for us to welcome him back into the group.

"He was a massive part of the 17-game unbeaten run we went on last year, and he is a very popular person around the club, on and off the pitch. Hopefully he brings the quality he brought last year and we can climb the table.

"It's been good to have [the loanees] back, and especially with players like Thommo and Sid, who have grown up here and been Millwall fans for years and years, to have them around along with the other lads pushes us on and gives us a reminder that we've got a lot of good players at the club.

"Whether they're on the pitch or in the stand, we've got a lot of good players. Thommo, Fred, they're only going to add to the group.

"We're looking forward to Saturday. It'll be good to see Sav, but hopefully he won't be as happy as us at the end of the game! He was another person that was popular in the changing room and key to the camaraderie that we have. That's why a lot of players come back here.

"I've done it a couple of times, Coops is staying, now Marshy - it's a club that you really enjoy playing for, and when you do come here you get a real feel for the place."

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