STEVE Morison responded "brilliantly" to being left out of the starting XI for Millwall's game against Brighton last weekend, according to boss Ian Holloway.
Morison was named on the bench for the visit of the Seagulls to The Den after making 16 consecutive starts for the Lions in league and cup.
The striker came on as a second-half substitute during the 1-0 defeat and Holloway says he received the desired reaction from his number nine.
The Millwall manager also revealed that Morison has been carrying a slight muscle strain in recent weeks.
He said: "It is about trying to pick a team that's going to win and a team that is fit enough to start.
"Steve has been playing with tight groin muscles and they are very sore. He has had a slight infection too, so I just made a decision.
"After his performance against Barnsley, I thought he could do with a rest. He responded brilliantly against Brighton and that's exactly what I hoped for.
"He is receiving a bit of treatment and we will nurse him through the games. Whether he is on the bench or on the pitch, Steve wants to give me 150 percent."
Club physio Bobby Bacic added: "Steve rarely misses any training but there is a tiny bit of tightness there.
"We've got a lot of games coming up, so we want him to be as fit and fresh as possible."