Millwall boss praises Morison after last-gasp win

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris paid tribute to Steve Morison after the striker scored a last-minute winner against Sheffield United on his 200th appearance for the club.

Morison calmly sent Simon Moore the wrong way from the spot after Jack O’Connell had handled in the box as Millwall bounced back from the 5-1 defeat to Peterborough on Tuesday night.

Shaun Williams had given Millwall the lead in the 14th minute before Stefan Scougall equalised for Chris Wilder’s side seven minutes later.

Millwall were flat before the break but improved after half-time and Lee Gregory had the chance to restore the lead but was twice off target with efforts, with Moore saving a one-on-one in between.

It looked like Millwall’s chance to win the game had gone when Morison was denied by Moore and then O’Connell in the last five minutes before the Blades defender handled Shane Ferguson’s cross.

With regular penalty-taker Lee Gregory having departed injured, Morison calmly slotted home to give Millwall their second league win of the season.

The Lions play Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday night, but Harris said Morison will not want to be rested.

“I was disappointed when Lee came off because he could have had a hat-trick,” Harris said. “And then you get a penalty and think he’s our reliable one.

“But when you need calmness and someone with experience, I was fortunate to have Steve Morison on the pitch.

“He’s a top professional and he’s a top guy in the dressing room. The other players look up to him.

“He’ll be one on Monday morning demanding to play on Tuesday night because that’s what he loves to do.”

Meanwhile, Williams was back in the side after missing the defeat at Peterborough. He put Millwall in front when he beat Moore with a low drive from outside the box, and Harris said he wants more goals from the Irish midfielder and Ben Thompson.

“He’s got the ability. Shaun and Ben, in particular, they’ve got great strikes in them, they can be very clinical from outside the box and I expect them to score goals.

“I was delighted for Willo because he’s had a fantastic start to the season for us and we missed him the other night.”

The win stretched Millwall’s unbeaten home run to 11 games, but before that there were some boos at the break after Sheffield United had dominated possession in the first half and created the better chances.

Harris was much more pleased with the display from his side in the second half.

He said: “I thought we were tentative in the first half in everything we did with and without the ball. We were trying to be so secure around our box that we didn’t get out to press the ball as well as we can do, certainly in the way we did in the second half.

“I thought on the ball we were trying to be too precise at times. In the second half I thought we were excellent. I said to the boys at half-time, ‘Be a little bit more aggressive, trust yourselves, trust your team-mates, you’re good players’.

“I thought the chances that we created, our energy, the tempo to our play, our aggression in our approach to the game, it was an outstanding effort in the second half.”

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John Kelly

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