'People said he was only filling in' – Millwall boss is big fan of Mountain Murray

GARY Rowett has praised Murray Wallace's performances this season, admitting he has been "really impressed" with the Lions left-back.

Wallace played most of his career before joining Millwall in the summer of 2019 as a centre-back, but was used mainly as a left-back by Neil Harris.

Wallace has played every minute of Rowett's eight games in charge and has featured as a left wing-back in away wins at Swansea and Bristol City.

The former Scunthorpe defender has played in 20 of Millwall's 21 games this season.

"I've been really impressed with him since I came in," Rowett said. "It's interesting because when I came in a lot of people externally said, 'he's just filling in there'. But he's played really, really well.

"I spoke to him and said, 'just keep doing what you're doing'. I think there are areas where we can help him improve.

"As a former centre-back playing left-back – and I know as a former centre-back playing right-back – sometimes you might get into the final third and not have some of those natural qualities that might go with a more attacking full-back, but his all-round game has been really good.

"He's got forward, he's put balls into the box. He's joined in and linked up, and he's defended really well.

"I've been very impressed with his performances."

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John Kelly