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Jed Wallace lauds Lions crowd in Leeds victory

Saturday's spot-kick king speaks...

7 October 2019

Jed Wallace played a major part in Millwall's 2-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over Leeds United at The Den on Saturday afternoon - and paid tribute to the trio of Neil Harris, David Livermore and Adam Barrett afer the game.

The winger blasted home the opening goal of the match from the penalty spot in the 16th minute and then was part of a Lions side who held on to their lead, despite swathes of Leeds possession after the half-time break.

Tom Bradshaw scored Millwall's second, before Ezgjan Alioski netted what turned out to be the visitors' consolation goal.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk after notching his third strike of the campaign, the number seven praised a big effort by all, and celebrated a "huge" three points.

"It was a brilliant win in a great atmosphere. We probably needed a big game after the effort we put in on Wednesday. The transition to go from Wednesday-Saturday is difficult.

"The crowd carried us through. We certainly weren't lacking in energy out there, we felt great. We gave away a sloppy goal and Leeds came back into it in the second-half - you have to give them credit for that, given they had 10 men. They're a good side, so for us to get three points, no matter how, was huge."

The departure of Harris and Livermore on Thursday ensured The Lions' squad took a hefty blow just hours after Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Luton Town and shortly before the visit of The Whites, but Wallace explained how the events gave Millwall extra motivation - and in paying tribute to the management set-up, the 25-year-old expressed how attentions will quickly turn to the next outing at Brentford.

"Adam stressed to us how he wanted a performance for Neil and Livers, who left in the week. We did that. Adam is a terrific, young manager - and will be a great manager - and first and foremost, he is a great person. We all respect him and wanted to do it for those three.

"We cover big distances in every game, and they had a day extra to recover, which is huge. We have a small squad compared to [Leeds], but after giving away a sloppy goal, the lads rolled their sleeves up, dug in deep and got the result which we deserved.

"I just want to say thank you [to Neil] - he's been an amazing mentor to everyone. I've had a couple of kids during his time at the club and he has been a big part of my life. A lot of the boys have known him since they were 11-or-12-years-old. He's been an unbelievable player and an unbelievable manager, so I hope he gets the respect that he deserves. He's got it from us, and I hope that we put in a performance on Saturday that he would've been proud of.

"Neil brought in good players and great backroom staff, and we've got togetherness. We've had a good run of games in not losing away from home and winning at The Den, so now we move on to Brentford away."


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