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Jed Wallace: "The gaffer got it spot on"

Saturday's goal hero credits setup of Millwall team at Swansea

25 November 2019

Jed Wallace is full of praise for his teammates and manager Gary Rowett after his second-half winner secured Millwall's first away victory of the season at Swansea City.

Wallace's seventh of the Sky Bet Championship season - a wonderfully struck free-kick - put Steve Cooper's Welshmen to the sword at the Liberty Stadium, and the in-form winger talks in high praise of the boss.

"It was a brilliant win. I thought the gaffer got it spot on and set us up really well," Wallace told millwallfc.co.uk.

"We worked really hard in training on the new formation, but the gaffer was keen to stress to us that no matter what formation you set up, it's 11v11. The shape did however allow us to play on a pedestal and press higher.

"I thought Connor, coming into the team, was brilliant and it's really good to see him getting back to showing what he showed in the early stages of the season. Him and Jon Dadi up there along with myself are a real threat on the counter-attack. It was a great win, thoroughly deserved against a good possession-based side."

Wallace continues that the team are learning and adapting quickly under the new regime, and says the Lions squad used a perfect blend of experience and energy to its advantage.

"We probably should have had two or three more on the day, but we've not picked up the results we would have liked to away from home so far this season - so if one thing's for sure, I won't be complaining about how we win them!

"The gaffer had spoken to a couple of the senior lads about setting up with this shape away from home. We were defensively sound under Neil before, but things take time to change and come off after three or four years of playing in a system you're used to.

"We've often started games poorly, which we've looked to change. Pearcey came back into the team which really helped us experience wise and with his leadership skills. He encouraged us at half-time to carry on doing what we'd been doing; the likes of myself, Mahlon and Connor brought that energy, and a key feature under the gaffer is that the subs have made a real impact, as they did here."

The 25-year-old is certainly enjoying his purple patch this campaign, curling home the winner in front of a loyal Millwall following in South Wales.

"I'm buzzing to have scored another one," Wallace beamed.

"I had a free-kick opportunity just before, which had the same sort of feel to it. The second one was a bit closer, and it took some persuading to Connor to get his nice left foot away from it.

"I was delighted to see it go in, and to reward the away fans who haven't had the excitement that to be honest they should have had on the road in the last couple of years. This is something we can build on away from home and give our excellent support more to cheer about."

Wallace finally analyses "fine margins" which the team must work hard to close, and insists we must now look to cement a run together on the pitch - continuing in Wigan Athletic's visit to The Den this Tuesday night.

"We're buzzing. I just feel like we're a really good team.

"We never get beaten heavily, we're always in games, and it's just those fine margins. At home we're a top six team; away from home we've been a bottom three team. We're looking positive now to move up the table.

"We have to be good enough to back up our wins. We have consecutive wins now, but we're challenging ourselves now to go on a run - that's the aim. Home game against Wigan on Tuesday - the fans will be right behind us, and we're just looking upwards now."


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