New Millwall defender relishes 'underdog' status

MURRAY Wallace knew he was joining an underdog when he signed for Millwall – but that suits him down to the ground.

Wallace kept an eye on the Lions’ results last season and he was impressed with the number of clean sheets Neil Harris’ side kept.

Millwall are again rated one of the favourites to be involved in a relegation battle next season by the bookies.

And the likes of Nottingham Forest and Stoke City have already splashed out £10million-plus fees on recruits as they aim to build squads to challenge for promotion.

Millwall were within two games of clinching a place in the play-offs last season, and Wallace is looking forward to being part of a side that aims to surprise a few of the big guns again in the next campaign.

“These are the games you want to be involved. The teams coming down from the Premier League have a lot of money to spend, and there are plenty more teams in the Championship that will give it a right go this season throwing Premier League money about,” Wallace said.

“You think that might give them a big advantage but sometimes it doesn’t work like that. Teams spend big and it can backfire on them.

“Millwall keeping so many clean sheets and going unbeaten for so long caught the eye, and it was interesting to see them sneaking up the table. They caught the attention of a lot of people.

“Personally I’d prefer to be the underdog. I like when other teams start thinking they’ve got a good chance against us because that sets it up to go prove people wrong.”

*Read the full interview with Murray Wallace in this week's Southwark News. 

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John Kelly