Shaun Williams has stated that it was his own decision to allow Jed Wallace to take penalties for Millwall, after missing two himself.
Wallace has now scored six goals in the current season, with four of them coming from the spot. This comes after Williams had missed against Bristol City in April of last season, as well as missing again in a friendly against Spanish side Real Sociedad.
It’s been a rather inconsistent season so far for the Lions, but it has been one that has seen Wallace become a real attacking threat, and his confidence will have only been boosted by the fact that he is now responsible for spot-kicks at the Den.
Williams has expressed that Wallace’s confidence is the reason he’s taking them, and he told the winger to start taking the penalties.
Speaking to News at Den, Williams said: “He’s confident and I think that’s probably the main reason for him taking them. I’d missed my last two. In pre-season we got another one and I said to him, ‘look, you take it, I’m not in a position to take it’.
“I didn’t want to have that burden on me if I was to miss again, my head was all over the place after missing the previous two.
“If he can keep knocking them in then great. God forbid if he did miss one I’d want him to take the next one because he’s been doing so well.”
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Always interesting to hear players talk about things such as this, as sometimes you wonder why or who made the decision to change something quite subtle such as a penalty taker. Wallace has been brilliant at them so far this season, so it doesn’t look like it’ll change again in the near future.
Williams shows what a true leader is by taking responsibility and saying that he shouldn’t be on them anymore, which is great to see and shows how close the team is as he trusts another player with the responsibility.
Millwall are looking to build under Rowett now, and there’s no reason why these two players can’t both play a big part in the campaign.