Chris Wood earns more time at Millwall

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012
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A tug-of-war may be looming over the services of red-hot All Whites striker Chris Wood.

The former Waikato youth star continued his goalscoring run with a late winner for English club side Millwall in their Championship encounter against Leeds United yesterday morning.

Wood, who scored for the All Whites in their 1-1 away draw with China last week, has now netted seven times in Millwall's past six league matches to help the side to a 10-match unbeaten run that has pushed them from the lower echelons of the table to ninth.

The powerful striker grabbed the winner with five minutes remaining against the former powerhouse of English and European football when he netted a diving header from Shane Lowry's cross.

"I was a real quality goal that decided it - a fantastic ball from Shane and Chris was in the right place at the right time," Millwall manager Kenny Jackett said on the club's official website.

Following the match, the club announced Wood's loan spell from English Premier League upstarts West Bromwich Albion had been extended until January.

"We've been pleased with Chris, he's worked hard in the group and if as a centre-forward you can get in the habit of popping up with a winner, that's great," Jackett said.

"We've been very pleased."

The 20-year-old has made a habit of scoring regular in The Championship and League One for a host of clubs while being regularly loaned out by West Brom since signing for the Premier League club in 2009.

And while Millwall are likely to be among a group of clubs keen on securing Wood's services permanently when the transfer window opens again in January, West Brom boss Steve Clarke has warned potential suitors that the targetman will be a costly acquisition.

"Chris has gone out for experience and to score a few goals out there," Clarke told the Express and Star yesterday.

"And if Millwall want to buy him they'd better have a big wallet or a big cheque because goalscorers in the Championship cost a lot of money."

Clarke is in his first season in charge at West Brom after taking over from England manager Roy Hodgson and has made a stunning start to his reign. A stunning 2-1 home victory over Chelsea at the weekend lifted his side to fourth on the Premier League table - behind only Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Wood's goalscoring touch would have likely earned him a recall to West Brom, but strikers Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku - who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea - have scored 13 times between them this season.

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