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Mahoney: "We need to be patient to create chances"

Winger looks ahead to Wigan, reflects on successive victories and touches on his return to the side

26 November 2019

Connor Mahoney says the Millwall squad are chomping at the bit to get back into League action and keep pushing up the Sky Bet Championship table, as The Lions look to make it three wins out of three against Wigan Athletic at The Den on Tuesday night.

Mahoney enjoyed his first start under Gary Rowett in Saturday’s victory at Swansea City, and the 22-year-old first reflects on the success.

“The spirits are very high at the moment, obviously with the wins over Charlton and then Swansea,” Mahoney claims.

“It was nice to get the hoodoo off our back, but we knew the away win was going to come. We were confident of going there and getting the win, we did our job and now we look ahead to Wigan.

“We’d been working on the new formation and shape and I thought that worked really well. There was a fine balance between the defence and then me and Jed picking up good pockets, that meant we could be a threat on the transition. Normally when we’ve gone away, we’ve looked to defend first and then get on the counter, but on Saturday we saw more of the ball and there were chances to create.”

Match-winner Jed Wallace joined Mahoney as the wide players in the weekend win in South Wales, and the former Birmingham and Bournemouth man credits the form of his teammate as Wallace struck his seventh of the campaign.

“Jed’s massive for the team and in the dressing room – he’s a very good player,” says Mahoney.

“We’ve seen this season how he’s scored a lot of goals, and hopefully he can keep that up whilst we look to chip in with a few.

“Now that we have that momentum, it’s good that we have Saturday-Tuesday games. With back-to-back wins, we want to go tomorrow and get on a run. Every three points is key to us to keep moving up the table.”

Mahoney looks ahead to an enticing fixture back on home soil against Wigan, an opponent he says The Lions must have patience to break down.

“Wigan are a good, hard-working team and with them you know what you’re going to get.

“They have quality going forward, but first and foremost they will be very hard to break down. We need to be patient, keep moving the ball and create chances. If we’re up to our good standards, we can get the three points.”

Finally, the winger discusses his personal progress, expressing his delight at being restored to the starting team by Rowett.

“I’m enjoying it, you know. At the start of the season I was playing well, but I know that form can dictate and you can be in and out of the team.

“The gaffer just pulled me when he came in and said that I need to be ready for when he does need me. Hopefully on Saturday, when I came back into the side, I proved a point and can stay in the team moving forward.”

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