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Murray Wallace on quick-fire brace

Tuesday's goal machine speaks...

25 August 2021

Murray Wallace was a lick of paint away from joining the Millwall hat-trick club on Tuesday night - and a crossbar's width away from perhaps starting his own exclusive club of Lions defenders netting trebles.

The left-back made sure Cambridge United's lead only lasted six minutes in the Carabao Cup Second Round tie at The Den, cutting inside before striking a stylish right-footed effort across goal and into the net to equalise, before popping up just a few minutes later with a close-range effort to put The Lions in front.

Matt Smith's goal then made the passage to Round Three of the competition secure, but the Scot could have had a historic hat-trick, only to see his second-half header crash back off the crossbar.

"I thought we started the game quite well and Bradders had that early chance [which hit the crossbar]," Murray told "We were disappointed to concede in the manor we did again, but we reacted well to that and our approach was right."

On his first goal, the defender said: "I was probably due one of those! A few times now I have cut inside and let the right swinger go, yet it hasn't quite come off, so I'm glad that one did.

"For the second, Smudge [Smith] has done all the work for me and I've been in the right place at the right time. It's not often a Millwall player scores a hat-trick, but I think I got a bit excited! It's as close as I'm going to come to doing so with the header off the bar. Fingers crossed I get an opportunity again."

With a Third Round place and a spot in Wednesday night's draw now confirmed, attentions quickly turn back to the weekend and the visit of Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Lions go in search of their first League win of the campaign against The Tangerines.

"The League is obviously the priority. We started off well with a couple of draws that we feel we should've got more from, but you can't hold on to things like that. We've had a couple of disappointing results from there, so it's important we put in a good performance and bounce back on Saturday."

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