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Jed Wallace: "It’ll be a difficult game, but one we’re relishing"

Last year’s Elland Road hero discusses the build-up to Saturday’s return to League action

29 March 2019

Jed Wallace says he and the team are "relishing" Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship visit to Elland Road, as Millwall take on Leeds United (kick-off 3pm).

The Lions’ last League result came via a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City two-and-a-half weeks ago, followed by the Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final against Brighton & Hove Albion and last week’s international break.

“Firstly, I think the international break came at a good time,” Wallace told millwallfc.co.uk.

“It’s been a demanding month with seven games in February and then 120 minutes against Brighton last time out, but on the flip-side the performances against Birmingham and Brighton were brilliant and we can carry momentum into what is one of the toughest games of the season.”

Wallace continues that the three points at Birmingham were vital, and that The Lions must pick up every point possible as we battle to beat the drop.

“We needed that win and that boost at Birmingham. We let ourselves down in the four games before that, and the manager got it spot on in terms of how we would set up and play, like we did at Derby – playing on the counter-attack.

“Obviously Thommo [Ben Thompson] was brilliant that night and he gives us that energy from midfield. We need to carry on picking up results like that, especially in the bottom half of the table where games are massive.

“It’ll be a difficult game, but one we’re relishing.”

The wide man, who turned 25 earlier this week, claims it “doesn’t get much better” than facing Leeds in a Millwall shirt, and says the team must play to their strengths and look to exploit the hosts.

“It doesn’t get much better than playing for Millwall against Leeds, especially when there is so much pressure on it for them. It’s a huge game, where 34 or 35 thousand people will turn up expecting them to roll us over, and playing for Millwall against Leeds is what it’s all about – hopefully we will come away on the right side of the result like we normally have over the last couple of years.”

“We’ve put ourselves under pressure with where we are in the table. I would have liked this stage of the season for this to be a game to be a bit of a free hit, really. Unfortunately it’s not, because of the pressure we’re under ourselves – but with what I know about the team at the moment, it suits us because we’ve scored a lot of good counter-attacking goals over the last two or three months, especially away from home.

“They’ll have a lot of possession, and it will be down to us to keep our shape – and when we get the chance, counter with pace.”

Wallace finally touches on last year’s fixture between the two clubs in West Yorkshire, in which he netted an iconic injury-time winner to come from behind late on and take three points from a seven-goal thriller at Elland Road.

“[The last game at Leeds] was mad.

“That’s football, especially in The Championship. There has been a few of those games where you can come the right or wrong side of the results – Norwich this season being one.

“It was some atmosphere in the ground when they scored their third goal – so for us to spin it around again and score in the last minute, it was unbelievable. We’re working hard to come out on top on Saturday – we’ll happily take the worst game in the world, and a 1-0 win.”


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