JED Wallace revealed what quickly helped him get over losing to Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final – the prospect of facing Manchester City in the last four.
The Lions lost 5-4 on penalties to The Seagulls, who were then drawn against City, a side that have scored five goals or more in ten games this season.
Wallace said he was “upset” after the last-eight loss, but admitted it was best to avoid a potentially “embarrassing" result against a side chasing the quadruple this season.
“As soon as I saw we would have been playing Man City it kind of took the edge off it,” Wallace admitted.
“I would have been a lore more gutted had we been playing one of the other two teams because, with Watford or Wolves, one or two times out of 10 you catch them on a bad day.
“Man City beat Schalke 7-0 [in the second leg of their last-sixteen Champions League tie]. Yeah it could have been great, but it could also have been embarrassing.
“I was upset for the fans, and for myself because to walk out at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final would have been great, but it wasn’t meant to happen.
“It was a great performance and the fans recognised that, we got applauded off after conceding in the last minute. Fair play to the fans, everyone was behind us but it was just disappointing.”
Millwall led Brighton 2-1 with seconds left, before goalkeeper David Martin palmed in Solly March’s mis-hit free-kick.
Wallace added: “I was more gutted for Dave than anyone, because it means so much to him. He’s a proper, proper professional. The way Fergie [Shane Ferguson] conducted himself and got back in was good, but the way Dave has been I’ve not seen anything like it.
“The way he’s conducted himself over the last twelve months, he’s not put a foot wrong. His professionalism is right up there in the top of the list with players I’ve played with. The boys were gutted because they see it every day in training, his attitude is ridiculous. He’s a great, great guy.
“He’s an experienced player, a leader in the dressing room and he’ll bounce back. Now we need him to show his mental strength, which we know he’s got.
“It’s difficult for a goalkeeper. If a centre-forward misses a chances he gets another one. A goalkeeper gets punished for a mistake.
“Apart from it he was flawless, his handling was unbelievable. He’s a good goalie. He’s had bad games before but plenty of good ones. He’ll be fine.”
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