Millwall's former Wolves duo eye big scalp

GEORGE Saville and Jed Wallace haven’t exactly pencilled in December 26 in their diaries as a day of reckoning – they’ve moved on from Wolves and will treat it the same as any other game.

The Lions duo come face to face with some of their former team-mates on Boxing Day, but don’t feel any ill will towards the club that let them leave in the summer.

They certainly haven’t shown any signs of lingering disappointment that they could have been challenging for a Championship title this season rather than battling it out in the lower regions of the league table.

Saville and Wallace are the Lions’ two top scorers in the league, with seven and four goals, respectively, following their match-winning contributions against Middlesbrough last weekend.

Their time at Wolves was marked by uncertainty and affected by injury. Saville was initially a first-team regular and frequent scorer when he went back to the Midlands club after his spell with Millwall in 2015-16.

But Kenny Jackett left the following summer, and Saville was often used at left-back as Walter Zenaga and then Paul Lambert attempted to turn Wolves into challengers for promotion to the Premier League.

Wallace could never find consistency, as injuries hindered his chances of putting a run of consecutive starts together.

Saville was asked recently if he had a point to prove to his former employers.

“I don’t look at it like that,” he responded. “I was there before but that’s that now. They are doing fantastically well and I’m very happy for the boys that I still know there. I have friends there and hopefully they can go on and get promoted.

"There is no point for me to prove to Wolves. I’m at Millwall now and it’s just another game. Hopefully over the Christmas period we can pick up wins and continue our good form."

Wallace is similarly solely focussed on only helping Millwall down another big gun at The Den this season.

“Whether we’re playing Wolves at home we fancy ourselves against anyone, and I mean anyone,” he stressed.

“Wolves will be a very different style. They’re probably the only team we’ve faced that are playing total football, maybe Brentford and Fulham a little bit as well.

“[Diogo] Jota and Helder [Costa] for me should be in the top six in the Premier League, let alone in the Championship.

“Wolves will go up and hold their own next year. We’ve beaten Premier League sides at The Den in recent years so we look forward to taking on a side that are Premier League quality.”

Meanwhile, Saville has backed a winter break in English football. Millwall play four games in 11 days in the Christmas period, stretching a small squad.

Lions boss Neil Harris recently questioned the schedule, and called for more intelligent scheduling of games against local sides to help reduce the burden over Christmas.

Saville wonders why late December is so packed with fixtures.

“It would probably be nice to have a week off and spend time with your family,” Saville said. “But it’s the opposite and double the intensity. I would take a winter break because of how hard our schedule is anyway, and then to get that on top makes it really hard.”

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John Kelly