Morison challenged by Millwall boss to earn starting berth

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STEVE Lomas has assured Steve Morison that he remains an important part of Millwall's plans despite starting just four games this season.

The striker, brought back to The Den from Leeds United on a season-long loan in the summer, has yet to play 90 minutes since returning from a hernia injury in September.

But Lomas has challenged Morison, who has made key contributions in games when he has come off the bench, to force his way into the side.



"You've got to remember that Steve had a double hernia operation so we're waiting for him to really get going," Lomas said. "Unfortunately we'd had three good results prior to the Bolton game so we couldn't change the team and he has had to be patient.

"He's been a bit unlucky in terms of the system we are playing too. After he came back from surgery we got three wins and that formation served us well.

"We then had two poor results but bounced back with three draws against some tops sides, so it has been very hard for me to change things.



"Maybe he has suffered a little bit because of that but we're hoping Steve will hit full speed, get in the team and prove what a good signing he can be for us.

"Let's not forget that he has had an impact coming off the bench – he flicked the ball on for Jermaine Easter to score against QPR and again for Scott McDonald to win the penalty against Reading – so there is definitely a place for him. His challenge is to force his way into the team and stay there.

"You need a strong bench because when games are stretched, things are normally very close and your subs can change things. It didn't work out for us last Saturday – the game was stretched, we were 2-1 down but we couldn't quite get back into it – but it's key that who you bring on can score goals, and Steve certainly can."

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14 thoughts on “Morison challenged by Millwall boss to earn starting berth

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:15
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    No mention of goals or the fact that when is on the pitch he seems as disinterested as he used to be before he left us for Norwich, why has the manager of Millwall Football Club have to challenge a player (who has played in the prem) to earn his place.

    I know we have goyt him for the whole season but if he has this attitude then do with out him and pick someone who, 1 wants to play for Millwall 2 is interested and up for the challange unlike Morro. All we the fans want is a winning team with players who want to be part of what we are about, if they dont like it then F*** off and we start again like we have done many times before.

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    • November 14, 2013 at 10:21
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      I agree with you on this better he's shipped out and get someone who happens to want to try and impress unlike Morison has done
      @Barnlion:

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      • November 14, 2013 at 10:43
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        @aeojt: Mate we cant as we have signed him for the season, but what good is he on the field if he does not try, then we only have 10 men out there, make him train with the under 21's until his attutude changes.

        He should have enough nose and ability to once again be a top forward in the championship as he was when he was graetful to Millwall for giving him is big chance and taking him from the conference.

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        • November 14, 2013 at 13:26
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          Why cant we, other teams seem to cancel loan deals as and when --- If it's that hard and fast then diplomacy in the threats to terminate may do the trick, sit him down and him theres no way he's playing until his attidude changes..... I just think he's taking thepiddley diddily just once too often@Barnlion:

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    • November 14, 2013 at 17:14
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      Has always been attitude with him. He needs a good mind coach before his career goes down the pan!

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  • November 14, 2013 at 11:45
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    Morison seems to come with the attitude of "I played at this club already, then went prem, went to Leeds now back at 'Wall... backwards career step, not interested". Such a shame really because we know how effective he can be at this level when he is on form.

    Trouble is, this lone striker formation that Lomas is trying to go with only works with just ONE of our FIVE strikers and that's McDonald. Not Morison, not Keogh, not Waghorn (as he wants to play as a central striker but probably as part of strike partnership as oppose to lone role) and then there's Easter who played the lone role at Bolton and scored but he is not of the same ability as McDonald.

    For years at Millwall we been crying out for quality strikers and then we get a couple at once and play... just one of them at a time. Lomas is not going to be able to sustain any kind of striker confidence and happiness and we end up with five good unsettled strikers with no confidence which comes with getting minutes on the pitch.

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    • November 15, 2013 at 06:34
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      @Bexley_Lion: could not agree more.

      If we played two up top then there would still be competition .

      They would be happier because they are playing in a position they know and it would help get waghorn on a permanent basis.

      Too much meddling by SL. Get back to 442 and we wouldn't even need to waste more money in more central Mids.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 11:48
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    Think the move to Norwich went to his head - he's just not as hungry as he was before - sometimes his body language suggests he feels he's too good for us, I could be wrong but SL needs to get him firing and quick!! we're paying him a fortune!!

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    • November 14, 2013 at 12:05
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      We need to be playing 2 up front. McDonald and Waghorn in their proper positions.
      I think Waghorn's stance is that he's not scoring, and that is not only going to affect his value, but also his future and his confidence.
      Morison will have to work hard to get back in the team as first choice but we've seen that injuries or suspensions can open doors. Malone is a classic example of that.

      @TheBermondseyBomber:

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      • November 14, 2013 at 13:10
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        @NICKOLA: I'd love to see us with 2 up top but given the way our ropey backline likes to concede thinning the midfield five just isnt going to happen - SL can waffle all he wants about a 4-3-3 in posession etc but its a 4-5-1 for me at the moment and we're still conceding like its going out of fashion! So what have we got to lose by playing 4-4-2 at home?!? surely no more than we've lost already!! Scotty McD and Martyn would be a good combination I think.....

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  • November 14, 2013 at 13:48
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    Morison seems to have an attitude of , you need me more than I need you. When Waghorn goes next we need Morison pulling his weight. Can't afford to carry anybody.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 13:50
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    HES LOST HIS CONFIDENCE, HES DEADLY APPROACH IN FRONT OF GOAL HAS GONE, HIS HEADING ABILITY IS NOWHERE NEAR THE SAME, HES LOST 5 YARDS IN PACE ASWELL SINCE RETURNING I DONT KNOW IF THATS DUE TO ANY INJURYS HE MAY HAVE HAD OR JUST DISBELIEVE IN HIS ABILITY IN HIS BRAIN..... BUT ITS NOT THE END FOR HIM THERES STILL JUST OVER HALF A SEASON TO TURN IT AROUND BUT ONLY HE CAN DO THAT WE WILL ALL BACK HIM AS MILLWALL SUPPORTERS BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF HIM LEAVING US HE CAME BACK TO WERE HIS BED LIED..LOL BIT LIKE ME ON A FRIDAY NIGHT....

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  • November 14, 2013 at 18:49
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    Lomas challenged by Millwall fans to earn three points against Barnsley. End of.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 20:15
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    His performance against Blackpool was immense, he showed great desire then. Even if he does want to move on he would need to play well for us to get a move. I don't agree that he has lost ambition but I question whether or not he knows how to get back to top form. Time for the manager to earn his crust.

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