JED Wallace addressed the speculation that being linked with a move to Middlesbrough affected his form and said: “I’m proud to play for Millwall.”
Boro made a double bid for Wallace and George Saville early in August that was rejected, before Tony Pulis’ side came back in to sign Saville on a loan that becomes permanent in January.
Wallace, 24, acknowledged his form dipped recently but said he would “always run my heart out” and give “absolutely everything”.
Wallace scored his first goal of the season in Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Leeds on Saturday and was later asked about Boro’s interest.
“I think people like to look into things a little bit too much,” Wallace said. “I set my standards at Millwall very high. Personally, I’m very honest, I know when I play well and I know when I don’t.
“I missed a sitter last week [against Swansea], didn’t play badly, just missed a sitter. I didn’t have my best game but I’m not always going to have my best game.
“The reality is I was a little bit out of form. I don’t beat around the bush, I don’t think I’m the finished player, far from it. I’ve always said I’m proud to play for Millwall, I’ll always try my hardest when I play for Millwall, whether my shot will go in, whether I win my tackle.
“The bottom line is I will always give my absolute everything, always run my heart out.
“It was different for us as a Millwall group to have all the speculation around us. I’ve got a great relationship with the manager and I’ve always said when I pull the shirt on I’ll play like a fan and give everything I can. That’s all I can do.”
After his miss against Swansea, Wallace responded to a fan on Twitter who had criticised his effort on goal.
Wallace said: “It’s football, you’ve just got to ride the wave. You can never get too high or too low.
“Unfortunately we live in an instant world now, you can go on your phone and everything is in front of you. People expect results instantly and don’t see the hard work that goes with it.
“I ain’t going to run around Bermondsey tonight saying I’m the best thing ever because I scored a goal.
“Every time I play for Millwall I do everything I can to try to help us win the game. Whether I play well or not I’ll always try my hardest.”
Meanwhile, Wallace was on the wrong end of a refereeing decision in an unusual incident in the second half on Saturday, when he pretended he was going to kick the ball out of play after it had come off a Leeds boot, but let it roll over the sideline.
Referee Chris Kavanagh gave the throw-in to Leeds.
“Oh my God,” Wallace said. “I actually said to the ref he owes me a tenner next time we play. It was the single worst decision I’ve ever seen.
“I said to him that’s the worst one I’ve ever seen. And he actually said: ‘I think you’re right.’ I replied, ‘no, no, I am right, if I pretended to kick the ball’.
“I think he tried to outdo himself with the next one when Greggers [Lee Gregory] kicks the ball off a defender and he gives a goal-kick.
“I think he just had a mad five minutes. But, to be fair to him, he’s actually a nice guy. A lot of refs now you can’t speak to them.
“With him it’s actually refreshing.
“I think next time I’ll just get back in my shape and back to basics!”
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