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Murray Wallace looking forward to Den reunion

Read from the left-back...

24 March 2020

Murray Wallace has lifted the lid on Millwall's "strange" training sessions last week.

Before the Coronavirus pandemic forced the UK into a near-lockdown, The Lions kept up appearances at Calmont Road, with the hope of returning to action at Charlton Athletic on Saturday 4th April.

With the suspension of English football then extended to at least 30th April, Gary Rowett's side had hoped for a resumption of training on the third day of the fourth month. However, a date for the continuation of training is now to be confirmed.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, the left-back explained how activities were limited during sessions.

"It's a surreal time at the moment," he said. "It's like nothing anyone has ever experienced before. It almost feels like the country is at war, but without that danger.

"We were going in and training whilst following advice - doing as much as we could. It was changing on a day-to-day basis, we were doing some fitness stuff and a bit of passing, plus small-sided games, but it wasn't as full on as it would be before a game.

"It was all a bit strange. We were distracted by what was going to happen with the League - at that point, we knew there weren't going to be any games until 3rd April, but that has now been pushed back to the 30th with no training until the 3rd."

The squad may be confined to their homes right now, but, thanks to the club's fitness coaches, are continuing to maintain peak condition.

"The fitness team have been really good with us. We've all been sent programmes, nutritional advice etc to keep us in shape, and also having to tailor things to what we are allowed to do. The squad are all still talking to each other in the group chat - we're all missing each other! We've gone from seeing each other on a daily basis to not socialising at all. I know we get that kind of thing at the end of the season, but because we still have games to play, it's strange."

There are nine games remaining in Millwall's 2019/20 campaign and a lot still to play for. After the 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Friday 6th March and the results the next day, The Lions currently sit just two points outside the Play-Off zone.

There have been many calls for the campaign to take different avenues in recent times, including declaring it null and void, but the Scot is firm in his thoughts regarding the finalisation of the season.

"For me, the season has to finish. Even if it has a knock-on effect to the next one. It would be silly to just void everything, there are teams who still have so much to play for. There has been so much hard work put in over the last seven/eight months, but then for it not to count for anything? It's really important to finish it, whether that's a month or two later than normal or whenever.

"It's going round in my head - as I'm sure it is with the fans - as to when things will resume, how games will be played, will they be played behind closed doors etc. The latter is something we don't wait; the fans are the 12th man and make The Den such an intimidating place and it will be really important to have them there backing us and pushing us along for the last nine matches."


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