Harris: Steve Morison loves playing for Millwall

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said Steve Morison was determined to “hit the ground running” this season after the disappointment of losing the League One play-off final to Barnsley in May.

Morison scored two first-half goals at Proact Stadium on Saturday to bring his season’s tally to five in seven games as Millwall beat Chesterfield 3-1 to move up to fifth in the League One table.

With Lee Gregory injured, Harris partnered Morison with Aiden O’Brien against Danny Wilson’s side and he praised both players as Millwall made it two league wins in a row since the 5-1 loss at Peterborough.

“He’s come back sharp,” Harris said of his vice-captain. “Moro’s had a long time here and he loves playing for the club.

“He was gutted after Wembley. Everyone was gutted, but it really hurt him. I spoke to him over the summer and he said, ‘I’ll be back and I’ll be ready to go, we’re going to hit the ground running’.

“He’s certainly done that. Obviously the quality of the goals speak for themselves today but it’s also the way he leads the line. He passes his experience on to the younger players.

“It wasn’t just Moro, I thought Aiden O’Brien was excellent today. And I thought when we regained the ball our midfielders’ decision-making was as good as it’s been this season.”

Shane Ferguson put Millwall ahead in the 13th minute as Harris saw his side win at Chesterfield for the second successive season and though he unhappy at the failure to keep a clean sheet after Sam Hird nodded in Joe Nolan's free-kick, he was satisfied with how well Millwall used the ball to clinically claim the three points.

“We were disappointed to concede a goal because we wanted a clean sheet,” Harris said.

“But against a really good Chesterfield side who had a starting XI out there who have caused a lot of teams problems so far and who we knew were going to be tough, I was really pleased with our shape defensively.

“I thought our use of the ball in the first 15 minutes in particular was outstanding.”

Meanwhile, Harris confirmed that Joe Martin picked up a shoulder injury that forced him off in the first half.

Harris brought on Fred Onyedinma as the defender’s replacement, but Onyedinma didn’t reappear in the second half after suffering an injury during his six minutes on the pitch.

Gregory didn’t travel with the squad on Saturday and Harris has ruled him out of the EFL Trophy clash with West Brom on Tuesday night.

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John Kelly