Millwall's Morison: Time for squad members to step up

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STEVE Morison isn’t happy with the scheduling of League One fixtures during the latest international break – but says it’s an opportunity for other members of the squad to make an impact.

Lions boss Neil Harris will be forced into at least two changes to the side that beat Sheffield United for the Easter double-header against Bradford and Burton.

Shaun Williams and Ed Upson are the likely replacements for Jimmy Abdou and Shane Ferguson, but Aiden O’Brien and Fred Onyedinma are also pushing for starting spots.

“Someone decided it was a good idea to have two games in three days on an international weekend so we’ve lost three players,” Morison said.

“But it’s time for squad players to step up and we go again.”

Chris Taylor should start his second game in a row after his winning contribution against the Blades, and Morison said he offers the side a different set of qualities to Jed Wallace.

“He’s a different player altogether and brings a different dimension,” Morison said. “I thought he had a very good game last weekend.

“He’s come in on Thursday and Friday and worked really hard and with his first touch he’s put the ball in the back of the net. It took Jed a few games (to score) but I think both players have and will contribute massively to our run-in and hopefully Chris can continue with that form.”

Meanwhile, Morison paid tribute to the Millwall fans at The Den last Saturday, emphasising their importance to the players on the pitch in this crucial part of the season.

He said: “It’s nice when they turn up in their numbers and it’s just a shame it’s taken us 10 games before the end of the season for it to start happening.

“But you can see what a difference it makes in the last five or 10 minutes and they’ve dragged us over the line, that’s what we’ve needed.”

John Kelly