Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace thinks the club should be higher in the league table despite their impressive run in December. 

The Lions sit in 17th after their 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Den, and are now just three points off the top-half having moved nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Wallace was in fine form against Boro, opening the scoring with his fourth league goal of the season and said that Millwall must work extra hard on the training ground to compete with the Championship's big spenders.

He said: “Every game is so difficult, we are spending a lot of time on the training pitch and analysing the other teams.

"People are spending £45 million and that’s just something that we are not able to compete with, so we’ve got to show the hard hours on the training ground.

"We are not under any illusion that we are the best team in the division, but if anyone wants to have a tear up like it did end up in the first-half at that point then we are more than happy to do that, and we will come out on top. 

“I think we are geared to not have the football, so it does help when we don’t have the ball. When these big sides come, we get a bigger crowd than we do normally, they’re up for it, and we are up for it and we can hit people on the counter-attack.

"It’s the same at Villa Park [against Aston Villa] last week, we should have won that game. But luckily, we had the end product that we had been missing, at times today and it's two good home wins for us."

The Lions have now picked up 80 percent of their points at The Den and Wallace is hoping that Millwall can transform their impressive home form on the road. 

Middlesbrough was the third standout victory at home this season so far for Millwall after a 1-0 win over Leeds United in September and a 3-1 success over Sheffield United. 

He added: “It’s a special atmosphere at The Den. We make no bones about it on paper, we should be right down lower than we are, but the togetherness we have got, not just the changing rooms, the whole club really.

"We looked forward to coming up in the summer and we earned the right to be in this division and I think we have proven a lot of people wrong. We just need to replicate our home form away from home and we have got a chance. 

“I believe we are in a false position. If you believe in stats and look at the shots we have faced and shots we have had on target, I think we’d be a lot higher than we are.

"We have missed so many chances it’s incredible, and that’s nothing down to the fans or the manager but the players that are on the pitch at the time. We’ve missed a hatful of chances, we’ve had a few controversial decisions go against us, we should definitely be seven or eight points better than we are.

"It has not gone that way and we’ve had to show that grit to come back in a tough run of games to get seven points from those three, we certainly would have taken that.” 

Steve Morison came close to ending his goal drought against Middlesbrough but was denied by Darren Randolph.

Despite the run, Wallace is not worried. 

The 34-year-old is without a goal since the play-off final in May, but contributed another assist on Saturday, setting up George Saville for Millwall’s second. 

Wallace said: “I thought Moro [Morison] was outstanding today. He brings that leadership for us and he has also been involved in a lot of goals.

"If you met Moro, you'd know that it won’t bother him. He isn’t someone that sits at home and watches DVDs of his missed chances and crying himself to sleep, he’s probably one of the strongest characters I have met.

"Like I say, there is more to him certainly than scoring goals. 

“Gregs [Gregory], I have said it many times about Gregs. Whether he is playing in the Conference or the Premier League he will always score goals, because he makes so many chances for himself for his work-rate.

"I have played with strikers that have cost three or four million and don’t have a shot for five weeks, whereas Gregs is always having chances, so it’s up to him whether he puts them away."