Millwall's Jed Wallace on what's needed to get out of relegation trouble

JED Wallace believes Millwall have the players to get them out of their current predicament as they look for a first win in eight games when they face Stoke on Saturday.

Wallace pointed out that the bulk of the current squad went 17 games unbeaten in the league last season, including six consecutive away wins.

Wallace also highlighted the bad luck that has affected the Lions this season, most recently at Deepdale when they were in a good position to rescue a point against Preston before Andrew Hughes’ free-kick flicked off Ryan Tunnicliffe’s leg to wrong-foot Jordan Archer.

After Stoke, Millwall have two home games to see out 2019, against Reading on Boxing Day and Nottingham Forest three days later.

“We’ve played ourselves into a difficult position and it’s only us that can get us out of it,” Wallace, speaking at Millwall’s annual visit to Lewisham Hospital, said. “It’s a tough game Saturday and then two home games.

“We need to start picking up points soon or it’s going to be a long season.

“But I would be worried if we were losing games two- or three-nil, definitely. I’m obviously still worried because I want to win games. I know everyone keeps talking about it but we’re very close to winning games, especially at home where for 30 minutes in games we’ve been unplayable.

“It’s down to the players to concentrate for 90, 95 minutes, whatever it takes to get ourselves over the line.

“We’ve played far too well to be in the position we’re in this year.

“But it’s the level we’re playing at, we switch off for a moment and we get punished. With the performances we’ve had this season we should be higher up the table, but it’s easy to talk about should, could, would.

“We need to be ruthless, we need to be on it. It’s the same message as everyone else and the fans are probably thinking, ‘well everybody’s saying that’.

“We’re not relegated yet. People are acting like we’re relegated but we’re not. We’ve got a long way to go. It was only six months ago we went 17 games unbeaten and won six in a row away from home. That’s how quickly football can change, even at this level.

“We’ve got the players that can change it. We just need that little bit of luck. Preston’s goal last week, worst free-kick you’ll see, hits Tunni on the shin and bounces down the middle of the goal.

“We just need a little break, a bit of luck, get that win and we’ll be on our way.”

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John Kelly