MURRAY Wallace said his winning goal against Everton was one of the best moments of his career – but admitted he “can’t remember much” about the celebration.
Wallace produced an assured touch in the most intense of circumstances in the 94th minute of the fourth-round tie before sliding a famous winner past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Left-back Wallace ran to the corner where the Cold Blow Lane meets the Barry Kitchener Stand before being swamped by team-mates in front of ecstatic home fans.
Wallace had been involved in Millwall’s second equaliser of the evening when his shot was saved by Pickford before the ball went in off Jake Cooper’s arm.
Former Huddersfield defender Wallace revealed some of his team-mates thought he had taken too much time before he calmly tucked in the final goal of an FA Cup epic.
“It was just in my head, I can’t miss after the chance I had previously that I just smashed,” Wallace said. “I tried a bit of composure and just slotted it in. A few of the lads were saying they just wanted me to hit it first time because they thought someone would be sliding in and tackling me, but it didn’t work like that.
“It’s definitely got to be up there, scoring the winner against a Premier League team, I’m absolutely buzzing.
“My emotions took over when I went to celebrate, I started screaming and stuff and can’t remember much else after that.
“We’ve got that sort of character in our team throughout this season, we’ve suffered a few setbacks in games and we’ve always responded quite well. We always knew we could get a result.”
Everton thought Cooper’s goal shouldn’t have stood, but Wallace didn’t share that view.
“I thought they were complaining about offside. I had a quick look up at the screen and it didn’t look offside so I wasn’t sure what they were complaining about,” Wallace said.
“I think they were moaning it had hit his arm but I smashed it, [Pickford] saves it and I don’t think [Cooper] has anywhere to go. He’s not moved his arm to the ball, it’s just hit off him and I don’t think you can give anything for that."
Wallace has started 18 of Millwall's 33 games this season following his move from Scunthorpe last summer, but is currently the Lions' first-choice left-back ahead of Jame Meredith.
He said: "It’s obviously tough stepping back up to the Championship, the quality is a lot better. I’m enjoying every minute, trying to break into the team and stay there.
"My position is more naturally at centre-back but last season I must have played 20, 25 games at left-back so I’m comfortable there as well."
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