Millwall defender Murray Wallace is looking forward to returning to The Den and playing in front of what he describes as the 12th man.
It’s approaching exactly one month since the Lions’ last home game – the 1-1 draw against Bristol City at the end of February – and the Scottish defender, whose been in excellent form this season, reckons that the “intimidating” nature of The Den will prove a massive helping hand in Millwall’s final nine Championship matches.
Having said that, Millwall’s form in South London has this term has generally been below the standards they’ve set in previous seasons – with the Lions winning just eight league matches in front of their home fans in 2019-2020.
However, despite their unusually poor form, the last thing Wallace wants is to be playing in front of empty stadiums or even worse, the season to be voided.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Scunthorpe United defender said: “For me, the season has to finish. Even if it has a knock-on effect to the next one. It would be silly to just void everything, there are teams who still have so much to play for. There has been so much hard work put in over the last seven/eight months, but then for it not to count for anything? It’s really important to finish it, whether that’s a month or two later than normal or whenever.
“It’s going round in my head – as I’m sure it is with the fans – as to when things will resume, how games will be played, will they be played behind closed doors etc. The latter is something we don’t want, the fans are the 12th man and make The Den such an intimidating place and it will be really important to have them there backing us and pushing us along for the last nine matches.”
“It’s a surreal time at the moment,” he said. “It’s like nothing anyone has ever experienced before. It almost feels like the country is at war, but without that danger.
“We were going in and training whilst following advice – doing as much as we could. It was changing on a day-to-day basis, we were doing some fitness stuff and a bit of passing, plus small-sided games, but it wasn’t as full on as it would be before a game.
“It was all a bit strange. We were distracted by what was going to happen with the League – at that point, we knew there weren’t going to be any games until 3rd April, but that has now been pushed back to the 30th with no training until the 3rd.”
When Millwall do return to Championship action, the toughest of their remaining fixtures are all at The Den against the likes of Swansea City and Blackburn, and if they want any chance of squeezing in those top-six places, then they must dramatically improve.
Since recording three consecutive home victories even since of the New Year, the Lions have collected three points from four home games, which isn’t the type of form that’s going to earn you a play-off place.