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Jed Wallace: "The camp's spirits are excellent"

Winger has high hopes for this season

31 October 2019

Jed Wallace has reflected on the perfect start to Gary Rowett's managerial career at Millwall with last weekend's 2-0 win over Stoke City, and is aiming now for the team's League away form to step up.

Wallace played an integral role with a goal and an assist in the weekend victory, and examines the promise amongst the squad.

"The spirits are really good after the win on Saturday against a big club in Stoke," the winger explained to millwallfc.co.uk.

"We always turn up and fancy ourselves to get a result nine times out of 10 in those games at The Den, and of course it was the first game for the new manager - the application and quality from the boys was very promising."

Wallace gives his early thoughts on new boss Rowett, claiming the team are seeking to control matches further.

"With the new manager comes new ideas. Obviously, Neil left us in a great place with a young, enthusiastic dressing room, that wants to improve.

"The gaffer has done great jobs with big clubs at Championship level - he can use his experience to ensure we have more control in games at times, which in the first half last weekend we certainly showed. We bought ourselves more time on the ball and created more chances.

"In the end we scored two good goals, and we're looking to continue that on Saturday."

The clean sheet at the weekend proved a welcome end to a period of conceding goals, with Wallace highlighting the way The Lions defended as a unit against talented opposition.

"Brentford going forward are one of the best teams in the division, and against Cardiff it was a very direct game. I think in the long-term Cardiff will turn out to be a good point.

"Stoke's attacking threat was obvious with Gregs [Lee Gregory], [Sam] Vokes, [Scott] Hogan - they're a very strong side - and we completely nullified them, having far more chances than they did.

"What we do need to do now under this manager or any manager is improve our away form. We're going to be working hard on the training ground this week to do that, and I think that if we're half as good away as we are at home then we'll do well."

The wide man is eager to secure a full week of training under the squad's belts ahead of this weekend's trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading.

"It's key to have a full week's preparation for Reading, because I think you saw ideas coming to fruition in just two days' training before Stoke.

"We've got those basic principles of hard work, and we really want to win. The group of lads we have and the culture in the dressing room is a winning environment, and like I've said, with the new manager's experience and ideas, I'm very confident we can push up the table."

It is fair to say Wallace has enjoyed a purple patch in his personal form, and notes that the attacking options at the club can give The Lions some real firepower.

"I'm enjoying this period of football, I work my hardest and obviously there will be games where things come off and games where they don't.

"I just want to keep scoring and creating goals as well for the lads around me.

"We have serious options going forward. Bradders is scoring a lot of goals, the big man Smudger can chip in and Jon Dadi can make a real impact. Thommo got his first on Saturday too, so there is a lot of competition for attacking players - long may it continue."


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