STEVE Morison says people shouldn’t make snap judgements about Millwall’s start to the season.
In a frank and honest interview on Lions Live Radio, he insisted that the last 10 days are not a pointer to how the season will pan out.
“I think we’re slightly blowing it out of proportion. We’re two weeks into a football season that’s 46 games long,” he said on Thursday night.
“The Barnet game could have gone either way. I missed a penalty and scored.
“The Coventry game, after we missed the penalty, you have to hold your hands up and say they made us look awful.
“Against Barnsley, apart from the three set-pieces, I can’t remember them having a chance.
“These three games that we’ve lost are not going to determine our season. If we go on a 10-game unbeaten run now no one will even remember this.
https://www.newsatden.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=50498&action=edit#“We’ve sat down and watched the games. We’ve spoken about it, we’ve had it out with each other, we’ve seen our mistakes and it’s down to us to put it right.
“People have been told in no uncertain terms what their job is.”
He also refuted suggestions that the side has been tactically naïve, pointing to switches made in the last two games as evidence that they have changed their shape to counter their opponents.
He explained: “We’re playing 4-4-2, other teams are playing three in midfield. So Tuesday night me and Gregs (Lee Gregory) dropped in and let the two centre-halves have the ball – contrary to all the fans screaming at us to go and press – and held our positions so they didn’t have the opportunity to pass through us.
“Our problem is when we go to press, at home, teams pass the ball around us because it is such a big pitch and it is difficult when they’ve got an extra man in midfield, players can’t mark three men, it’s impossible.
“Football has changed. It’s more tactical, more technical. To be fair, in all of the games, we have changed. In the Coventry game for the last 20 minutes (of the first half) I was on the right with Gregs in the middle and for the last 15 minutes nothing happened. That was to get us to half-time and change things. And the same thing happened again in the Barnsley game.”
The striker admitted it will be a relief to play away from home this week, suggesting the culmination of events on the pitch over the three games weighed on the players’ minds.
He also called on more understanding from fans at The Den.
“We need to be more patient and to be patient we need everybody to be more patient with us.
“The problem we have with our club is that we’re not very patient. The fans aren’t patient and they react.
“The team is exactly the same team that went up to Shrewsbury and beat them, whereas all the pundits thought we’d go up there and lose. It’s the same players and the same team.
“At home the onus is on you but at the minute we’re not good enough to do that.
“It’ll be a nice change because we’ve played three home games, and we probably could have done with that game Tuesday night being away because everything just builds.
“But, as I said, there is a long way to go and the season is not won or lost in the first month.”