Boss will speak with Jackett over Wallace Millwall future

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NEIL Harris says he will contact Wolves boss Kenny Jackett this week to discuss Jed Wallace’s future at the club.

The 21-year-old got his second assist in four games for Millwall since his loan move from the Championship club when he set up Lee Gregory for the winning goal against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Wallace has been a popular addition to the squad and he has been instrumental in Millwall’s three-game winning run in League One.

Harris praised Wallace for his performance at the Proact Stadium, but the Lions boss was also keen to emphasise the collective as he pointed to the away record this season – nine wins and three draws from 16 games – as evidence of his side’s resilience as they recovered from a goal down to win.

“I think Jed showed his quality and the whole team did, to be fair," Harris said. "We’ve shown many times this season, particularly away from home, that we can soak up the pressure, let the other team have the ball and not be fazed by it.

“We’re really dogged in our shape and organised and when we win the ball back we can be really exciting. That’s seven away wins in the league and two against Plymouth and Southend in the JPT. To win nine away from home by January is a great achievement.

“It’s testament to the boys and the belief they have in the tactics we ask them to deliver.”

Sam Morsy gave Chesterfield the lead in the 25th minute, with Harris admitting his side deserved to be behind at that point.

But he revealed a tactical readjustment involving Steve Morison helped change the course of the contest.

“I’m quite vocal on the sideline as you can see and probably hear. I think I made it clear to the boys we needed more after we’d gone behind,” Harris said.

“We just asked Steve to play a little bit deeper. It’s a role he can play, he’s got the knowledge and the ability and desire to play a little bit deeper and do a bit of dirty work around their midfield players.

“That gave us a good option to get out. Steve took care of the ball a couple of times and Lee Gregory with his hold-up play, his link-up and his forward runs was fantastic and he deserved his goal.

“But I think Steve going deeper and Aiden (O’Brien) and Jed taking care of the ball a little bit more certainly helped us to get to half-time and at half-time we emphasised that we had to be more patient pressing the ball and in possession.

“Taking an extra touch in possession certainly made us a better team in the second half."

Harris added: “It’s a terrific achievement to get into the top six. I’ve questioned their character and mentality a couple of times this season and I think rightly so because we needed to improve.

“Sometimes you have to ask questions of yourself and your players and I think they have responded. It’s a tricky place to go, so to go behind and come back was really pleasing.”

John Kelly