Morison: We need to get used to Millwall fans' expectations

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MILLWALL captain Steve Morison said he warned his team-mates to properly focus before the 0-0 draw with Colchester after sensing complacency in the squad leading up to the fixture.

Morison echoed his manager Neil Harris’ assessment that Millwall had been “lacklustre” after they failed to break down the U’s on Saturday.

The Lions never reached the level they did when they defeated Burton 2-0 on Easter Monday, and Morison believes that is also partly explained by the fact that the side contains a number of young, relatively inexperienced players.

“I felt it for the couple of days before,” Morison admitted. “We spoke about it before the game, about being up for it, and I spoke about it in the huddle. But we just didn’t seem to be able to shake it off.

“You want to win every game and when you don’t you’re not happy. It’s frustrating because we had some very good chances but we were lacklustre from start to finish. I just think it’s going to happen. It’s a learning curve and we’ve got a very young team.

“It was one of those games where they’re fighting for their lives and we’re fighting at the other end of the table. We had the better chances and should have scored one but we didn’t. Against Burton we had two chances in the opening quarter and took them both.”

Morison feels the side need to get used to meeting the expectation of supporters, more than 1,700 of whom travelled to Colchester at the weekend.

Almost 2,000 fans will make the trip to Coventry on Saturday week, after the Lions’ clash with Shrewsbury, another side struggling at the wrong end of the League One table, this weekend.

Morison, however, also emphasised the positives after the draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, where Millwall claimed a ninth clean sheet in their last 13 fixtures in all competitions.

“We didn’t do as well as we should have but it’s not a bad thing that we’re disappointed,” Morison said. “It’s another clean sheet and results elsewhere weren’t too bad.

“We’ll get back to training and start again. It’s a learning curve when you’re dealing with the pressure of 1,700 Millwall fans coming along expecting us to win the game. You could sense that from them.

“At this stage of season every game is a tough game and it’s proving to be that way.”

John Kelly