Millwall's Wallace excited by 'ideal' FA Cup last-eight draw against Brighton

JED Wallace was excited by a “perfect” FA Cup quarter-final draw at home to Brighton – but stressed playing in the Championship “is where the club needs to be”.

Wallace scored to give Millwall a 1-0 win at Derby County on Wednesday night, and he admitted that game was more important than the fifth-round FA Cup tie at AFC Wimbledon last weekend when the Lions squeezed through 1-0.

Millwall will host Brighton on St Patrick’s Day.

“It's ideal,” Wallace said. “I saw Wolves and Watford away come out and I was thinking I can imagine us going there, giving it our all and getting beat 1-0. It’s perfect really.

“Those games take care of themselves – Leeds at home, Everton at home. Every Millwall player plays well in those games, because the crowd carry you through. The games that matter are the Rotherhams at home, tonight [at Derby], the nitty gritty games that you have to create an atmosphere in the changing room for yourself. We have done that recently. We know it's been a little bit short in a couple of home games, but Saturday we will be looking to go one better.

“The manager was stressing how important Saturday was in the cup for the changing room, but we knew that [Derby] was bigger. In my head, I would have taken a win [Wednesday] over Saturday. Whether that is unromantic or whatever.

“The reality is I want to be playing Championship football for the rest of my career at the very minimum. That is where the club needs to be."

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John Kelly