Millwall's Thommo reveals message he had for Jed Wallace before Stoke penalty

BEN Thompson was blown away by the energy shown by Jed Wallace on Saturday – and even advised him to take a breath before his clinching penalty against Stoke.

After Thompson had given Millwall a 28th-minute lead, Wallace doubled the advantage with 15 minutes left when he fired home from the penalty spot after running half the length of the pitch before he was fouled by Badou Ndiaye.

"You can see how much energy Jed's got, he's brilliant," Thompson said. "He's so quick, so fit. Before the game he said to me, 'I feel a bit leggy today'. Then he goes and does that in the 70th-odd minute. He's a key player for us and hopefully he keeps banging them in.

"When he went down I said to him, 'you've got to take a breath, you must be knackered'. He just keeps running, he's great."

Thompson scored his first goal of the season, after starting in an advanced midfield role behind Tom Bradshaw.

"It depends on the formation, as long as I'm playing I'll play anywhere," Thompson said. "In that attacking role I've got a bit more freedom to go and express myself and get on the attack. Hopefully more goals will fly in if I keep playing there. If I've got to drop back then I'll do it for the team.

"I've been dying for a goal. I got one nicked off me at Brentford by Bradders so he owed me one! It's nice to get off the mark, but the three points were vital.

"It was like a shot-cross from Jed, it came at me so fast, the pace was on the ball and it hit my foot and I guided it into the corner. It was a good finish."

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John Kelly