Competition for place could help Millwall's Jed top goal tally

NEIL Harris believes the added competition in wide areas contributed to a man-of-the-match performance from Jed Wallace against Preston last Saturday.

Wallace scored the only goal of the game when he volleyed home Connor Mahoney’s cross, and Harris felt the goal-scorer was the side’s best player along with Murray Wallace.

Winger Wallace scored five times last season, and Harris feels his strike against Preston should give him more confidence in front of goal this campaign.

“Jed’s performance and his goal, his ability and a man-of-the-match-performance – it was between the two Wallaces – was no coincidence with Connor Mahoney coming in, Shane showed his qualities last year and, more than anything, after Jiri Skalak’s form in pre-season.

“Jiri was really unlucky not to be in the starting XI and certainly unlucky not to get on the pitch at the weekend. His new-found lease of life and the buzz he brings around the place has pushed our wide players.

“Jed’s got the attributes to go from box to box, but it’s around that box that we’ll keep working with him on his crossing, his decision-making and his goal-scoring, ultimately.

“It’s a fine start for him and it should give him the base now, and the confidence and calmness that he’s off the mark, to go and add more goals this year.”

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John Kelly