JED Wallace believes the money spent by their rivals was ultimately the difference as Millwall’s top-six challenge fell short.
Neil Harris’ side put themselves in position for a shock third successive play-off campaign by beating Bolton to go sixth with four games left.
But Ryan Sessegnon, who could make a big-money move to the Premier League or Europe this summer, inspired Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham to a 3-0 win at The Den.
Middlebrough’s record signing Britt Assombalonga then scored the first goal last weekend as his side all but ended Millwall’s play-off hopes with a 2-0 victory at The Riverside Stadium.
Wallace insists Millwall still want to put on a performance for fans against Aston Villa at The Den on Sunday.
“I’d be lying if I said I’m not disappointed,” Wallace admitted. “We got so close to the play-offs but the quality of opposition told in the last two games
“The first goal against Fulham was scored by a striker who will probably get sold for 40 million quid in the summer. Middlesbrough’s first goal-scorer cost them 15 million last summer. We have just come up short but Moro [Steve Morison] and the gaffer said things after the game that picked us up.
“We still want to give fans something to cheer about on the last day and they’ll show their support for us as well. It should be that way because we’ve given the fans a lot to cheer about this season. And we want to recognise them as well.”
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