Millwall striker Steve Morison: "I think I'm a nice guy"

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STEVE Morison shrugged off the missed chances against Swindon last Saturday and emphasised that the result takes precedence over individual contributions.

The 32-year-old striker was outstanding against the Robins, but missed a number of chances to polish his performance with a goal.

However, he was keen to see a third win in a row at The Den as another sign that Millwall have recovered from their stuttering form earlier in the season.

“It was one of those days,” Morison said. “We won the game so it was another step in the right direction. I’d like to have scored but wouldn’t we all?

“We hadn’t been winning at home. We’ll take the wins and keep climbing the table.

“You try to hit the back of the net, hit the target, and I manage to do that more often than not but keepers seem to be saving them at the minute. But, as I said, three points is all that matters.

“I’d love to score more goals… I’ve scored more goals than I did when I first came here in the first few games so I’ll take that as a positive.

“From a personal point of view, I said to Livers (Dave Livermore) you start to worry when you’re not getting chances. You must be doing something right when you’re getting chances and I feel like I’m playing well.

“A long as we’re winning that’s all that matters.”

In the press lounge after the win over the Robins Morison was asked about the previous perception of him as a surly member of the squad and he responded with humour to the question.

He said: “Everyone makes up their own views on you. If you’re not winning I don’t know why you should be walking around with a smile on your face.

“It’s interesting because I think I’m playing with a smile yet I tried to sign an autograph for someone the other day and they said, ‘I don’t want your autograph’, and I was, like, ‘Alright, that’s fine’!

“I’m a nice guy! I seem to think I am. Everyone has an impression of you. People can think what they want. I remember some people reporting that I was a bad egg and was not a very good person in the dressing room. You ask Neil Harris if that’s right.”

Morison also shed some light on the atmosphere in the Millwall squad and the chemistry between the younger players and those such as Tony Craig and David Forde who have previously helped Millwall to promotion from League One.

He believes that blend can lift the Lions further up the table as the season moves towards its defining stages.

“We’ve got all different types of characters in the dressing room,” he explained. “You’ve got young guys, you’ve got me and… I’m going to put Tony Craig in there as well! You’ve got me, Tony, Carlos and Fordey who are the older players and then you’ve got the young lads.

“You look at the ages of some of the lads that we have and it’s frightening to think how far they can go and how good they can be. I wish I’d been as good as them at their age.

“It’s been fantastic. I think we’re playing well as a team. Even though we’re light on numbers after a few injuries we seem to be doing well as a group.

“We have a great laugh every day, we’ve got some characters. We’re a team, and this team can go a long way.

“We worked hard all week (before the Swindon game). We’d conceded five in our last league game but we got the result and the clean sheet. We got the three points and whether you score six, seven, eight or nine it’s still only three points.

“The season’s not won now and it’s not lost. You look at it, there are four teams near the bottom that are on 12 points. We’re only on 17 but the teams at the top are not too far away. There are so many teams beating each other, it’s mental.

“If you can put a nice little run together, and we’ve only lost a couple in the last seven or eight games, we’ll be going in the right direction.”

John Kelly