Millwall fans right to have high expectations, says Wallace

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JED Wallace is only three games into his loan spell but he has seen enough to believe fans are right to set high standards for the Millwall squad.

Wallace made his home debut in the 2-0 JPT defeat to Oxford last week before providing the spark for the perfect response in Sunday’s win over Port Vale with a pinpoint cross for Lee Gregory’s first goal.

The 21-year-old midfielder has already detected a strong spirit in the dressing room and his experiences playing under Neil Harris have confirmed he was right to turn down offers to move elsewhere.

“It’s a very tight-knit changing room,” Wallace said. “There are a lot of local lads. There are a lot of English lads in there and obviously Jimmy (Abdou) has been here a long time. It’s a good changing room, a good place to play my football.

“There are high expectations from the fans, which I enjoy because there should be. We should be rising to the pressure and we’re definitely doing that in the league at the moment.”

Wallace arrived at Millwall with a reputation as a goalscoring midfielder after 30 in 114 starts for Portsmouth. He came close to opening his Millwall account against Oxford, and believes his current side is an exciting one for an attacking player to be part of.

“It’s ideal,” he explained. “The ball goes up front and (Gregory and Steve Morison) want to get it to the wide players in one-v-ones to get crosses in and that was the case on Sunday. Every team has a different style of play. At Wolves it was a bit more intricate whereas here I know I’m getting at the full-back and crossing it and there are two people in the box in Moro and Gregs that are very capable of getting on the end of it.

“My game’s all based around goals and assists and it always has been.

“I’m just disappointed I haven’t been on the scoresheet. I think it’s just that little bit of composure. Every game my quality will improve when I get fitter and sharper.

“I played League One when I was 17 when I was with Portsmouth and got six goals.”

Wallace also believes he has the attributes that appeal to Lions supporters, explaining: “I back myself to the hilt with my ability and my attitude. I’m always going to work hard. I’d like to think the Millwall fans appreciate that. People like Paul Robinson, I’m not like him throwing myself into tackles, but I definitely do as much running.

“That’s what my game is. I’m just enjoying it. I’m really enjoying playing at The Den, with the atmosphere there. As a footballer I think you’ve got to thrive under that type of pressure.”

John Kelly