Wallace: I don't want Millwall experience to end

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MILLWALL attacker Jed Wallace says he doesn’t want his stay at the club to end.

Wallace is due back at Wolves after Millwall’s league game against Shrewsbury on April 9. He has been on the winning side in eight of the 13 games he has played, and scored his first goal for the club against Blackpool last weekend.

Under 93-day loan rules the Lions cannot extend his deal further, but Wallace says this might not be his only spell at the club.

“I don’t really want it to finish, to be honest,” Wallace admitted.

“When I came in I said to my dad and I said to you guys I didn’t want to play like a loan player. I wanted to look like I was part of the group.

“Seasons are short. This season for me I’ve played 12, 13, 14 games and it’s just gone so quickly. You’ve just got to enjoy it while you can and obviously working hard is a minimum.

“It’s a good club, somewhere I’d never rule out playing again in the future.”

Wallace was instrumental in the 3-0 win over the Tangerines, constantly seeking to come off his position on the right wing to get involved in the game.

At one point in the first half he could be seen sprinting across the pitch as Carlos Edwards prepared to take a throw-in on the left. In the second period he played a one-two with Shane Ferguson on the left wing that set the Northern Ireland international running at Hayden White and drawing a foul that brought a second yellow card for the right-back.

And Wallace admitted he doesn’t have the personality to wait on the periphery of the action.

“I get a bit bored if I stay out there! I want to get involved,” he said. “A lot of the time I end up linking up with Fergie and I think: ‘Actually, I probably shouldn’t be over here’, so it gets quite funny.

“Obviously Fergie’s quality. I joke with him he’s got to stop doing these skills, there are a lot of people a lot bigger than him and they’re going to hurt him.

“I play off the cuff, I just run around as much as I can and make things happen. I think I’ve been playing well recently so I’m happy.”

Wallace also praised strikers Lee Gregory and Steve Morison who between them, and not coincidentally, have scored 17 goals in the 13 games Wallace has featured in since his arrival.

“The front two, you just think they’re going to score every week,” Wallace said.

“I think Wigan was probably the best we played all season, definitely since I’ve been here, but we couldn’t get a goal.

“Against Blackpool we got one early doors through Gregs and it just settles everybody down and we showed what we were capable of.

“They were a big side, a threat from set-pieces. But we all agreed at half-time as a group that if we won 2-0 and it was the worst 45 minutes ever we’d take the three points."

Wallace also joked that though he was interested in taking the penalty that Steve Morison scored, he thought it wise to settle for what he had.

He explained: “I did say to Moro, ‘You taking it, yeah?’ Just to sort of hint ‘If you don’t want it, I’m here’. But I’d just scored a goal and the last thing I wanted to do was get my reputation back as a bad finisher if I missed it. So I thought I’d just take the goal.”

Millwall face Swindon this weekend before a crucial spell that is likely to be decisive in their season. Sheffield United arrive at The Den on Saturday week, before two games in three days against Bradford and Burton over Easter.

Millwall have taken advantage as Walsall, Gillingham and Coventry have suffered recent slumps, but with Bradford and Barnsley’s form picking up Wallace is practical about the aim between now and May.

“At this stage of the season it’s all about results,” Wallace said. “It’s all well and good playing well in August when the pitches are nice. As you’ve seen, some of the teams around us are having a little wobble and we’re certainly not.”

“Barnsley are just on absolute fire since they beat us, they’ve gone on a mad run.

“But at this point all you can do is win. If we win the next four games 1-0 and they’re the worst games of football ever then that’s the way it is. We just have to keep picking up  results.

“I seem to have been saying it for eight weeks but we’ve been coming into form for a long continuous period.

“There are big games coming up. I’m looking forward to Sheffield United, there should be a good turnout. It’ll be nice to see an away club bring a big following.

“It’ll be a tough game, but I said last week people won’t want to be playing us at the moment. We’ve got the best front two in the league, certainly since I’ve been here.

“We’re big, strong and aggressive and we can mix it. We’ve got a lot of energy. People like Mahlon (Romeo) are coming through, that guy looks unbelievable. Carlos came back last weekend. How many teams in this division can call on that kind of experience when you need a replacement for Joe (Martin)?

“It’s a good place to be at the minute. I’m not taking it for granted, but I’m enjoying it.”

John Kelly