STEVE Morison admitted the performances of Millwall’s strikers this season are “not good enough” after the 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday.
After the Lions’ ninth blank in 19 league games this season, Morison made no attempt to spin the failures in front of goal, adding, “it’s disappointing for the rest of the lads as they’re working very hard to keep a clean sheet”.
Morison has yet to score this campaign, while Lee Gregory – who was dropped on Saturday before coming on in the second half – has one goal from play in 17 games in all competitions.
Tom Elliott and Morison started up front together at Craven Cottage, and Elliott was the width of the post away from giving Millwall a first-half lead when his header hit the woodwork. George Saville, who has scored six goals this season, also struck a post in the second half as Millwall tried to recover the deficit after Oliver Norwood’s first-half penalty.
The result meant Millwall went through November without a win and have just one victory since September 26.
“Of course it weighs on us,” Morison said. “It’s our job to score goals. If we’re not scoring goals, we’re not doing our job. So at the minute we’re not doing our job.
“We’re not good enough, we’re not performing and it’s disappointing for the rest of the lads as they’re working very hard to keep a clean sheet. Our main aspect is to score goals and we’re not doing it. Everyone who’s paid to score goals isn’t doing their job.
“We just keep going, keep working hard. Some people need goals to feel confident, some don’t. But a goal will help that player and the team. If the fans want to come and watch us train, they’ll see we can put the ball in the net.
“We’re just not doing it on a match-day at the minute and it’s affecting the team.
“There’s no point sugar-coating it, we’re not going to win games if we’re not scoring goals and we can’t rely on Sav to score for us every week. It’s no good hitting the post, we have to hit the back of the net. They did with a penalty – that was a difference between the two teams.
“The gaffer is saying exactly what I’m saying. It will turn and next thing you know you’ll go on a run. In my first season [in 2009-10] I scored one in 23 games and ended up top scorer with 23 goals. You just have to keep the faith in your ability, you’re here for a reason and that’s because you can score goals.”
“It’s easy to keep saying we’re unlucky but you have to take responsibility as players.”
Morison was asked on Saturday if he felt there was and need to add to the squad in January, and responded: “Why? Who do you go and get? If you bring someone in and they don’t score for 10 games, what are you going to do, bring someone else in? Everyone who’s scoring goals is playing for a team. The stats this season show we haven’t been good enough in front of goal but that will all be forgotten when we stay up and we’ve all got a few goals to our name.
“People will write us off and say we need new players, but we know we can put the ball in the back of the net. People are looking for answers but they’re looking for them in the wrong places.”
Millwall face a daunting run of fixtures in December as they play five of the current top seven in the Championship, starting with Sheffield United at The Den on Saturday.
Morison said: “We do the same thing every week, win, lose or draw. We play the same way, we have the same players. When we’re winning it’s fine, when we’re not everyone starts looking for an excuse. It’s just not happening for us at the minute and we’re not putting the ball in the back of the net.
“But on Saturday we’re going to play exactly the same way we did today. Sheffield United will know our team already because that’s what we do. If we win, everyone will say we were brilliant even though we’d have done exactly what we did the week before.
“We just need to do what we’re doing a little bit better – like we were at the start of the season – and we’ll be fine. People can say it’s [style of football] negative, but I don’t care if we finish fourth bottom. We just want to be in this league next season and then we can build again in the summer.
“I think we’ve shown we’re a match for anybody in this league. We’ve beaten teams like Leeds and Norwich and we did it playing exactly the same as we did today – we just put the ball in the back of the net.
“It’s glaringly obvious what we need to do and that’s put the ball in the back of the goal.”
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