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Jed Wallace on "very different" behind-closed-doors football

Hear from the winger...

26 June 2020

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Jed Wallace has targeted "five or six more wins" from The Lions' eight remaining Sky Bet Championship to be within a shout of a Play-Off place.

Millwall began English football's resumption with a 3-2 defeat by Derby County at The Den last Saturday, but results elsewhere in the division saw the club end the weekend just three points off sixth-placed Preston North End.

The game against The Rams was the first competitive behind-closed-doors experience for the group - and Wallace told his thoughts behind the afternoon.

"I've probably never learned as much during a football game than I did during the 90 minutes last weekend," he said. "With the water breaks it's almost like having four halves.

"In the second-half I thought we were on top of them, playing really well, but then Hutchy [Shaun Hutchinson] goes down with a knock, the break comes and then they score straight away.

"From a personal perspective, it's very different. Myself and Mahlon [Romeo] have struck up a great partnership down that right-hand side and feed off the crowd - when we get a throw-in or a corner, they're sucking the ball in, especially during the second-half. But it's difficult to build that now, and that's huge."

Despite the result, The Lions' Play-Off hopes are still looking rosy - and with Saturday's trip to Barnsley kicking off a relentless period between now and the end of the campaign, the winger is of the belief that the squad will not "let the season fizzle out."

"We're not too despondant in losing in the same way we don't get too giddy when we win. The manager was quick to remind us on Monday morning that we could've been five points away from the Play-Offs, but a goal in another game now means we're within one win of getting in there. That's how tight it is.

"We are where we are for a reason. We've got a lot of good players and a good manager at this level, so I personally think we'll be pushing to get in there towards the end of the season. I'm not going to pretend we'll be happy to let the season fizzle out - as a group, we know we're more than capable of challenging for those top six spots, and we've got eight games now - if we can win five or six, we'll be in a great position."

Hear the full interview with Jed Wallace by clicking play on the video above.

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