MILLWALL assistant boss Dave Livermore said he wasn’t surprised by the quality of Steve Morison’s strike against Oxford.
Morison equalised in the first half at the Kassam Stadium when he beat home goalkeeper Simon Eastwood with a half-volley from 35 yards five minutes after Liam Sercombe had put Oxford ahead.
Aiden O’Brien scored what proved to be the winner in the 50th minute as Millwall won for the fourth time in five games to move up to 10th place in the League One table.
And Livermore was also keen to highlight Morison and strike partner Lee Gregory’s defensive contributions as Millwall claimed their third victory away from home in the league this season.
“It was a fantastic goal,” Livermore said of Morison’s effort. “We’ve seen him doing that a lot, trying to score from further out this season and he’s been unlucky with a few. We see it in training so it’s no surprise to us, but it’s great when it comes off in a game. And it was a crucial time in the game for us, it gave us more of a foothold after going behind.
“He’s getting better all the time and I don’t think we can underestimate what he does for the team defensively as well. We talk about that a lot, we’re a team that defends together and that starts from the front with the two centre-forwards, who I thought were fantastic today at doing that for us.
“From them through to Jordan (Archer) in goal I thought we showed great discipline and really good organisation. Our concentration levels were excellent and they had to be to keep a good attacking Oxford team out.”
And Livermore added Millwall had done their homework on a team that knocked them out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season.
“They are a good side,” Livermore said. “We’re delighted, their game plan was pretty much what we showed the guys. They’ve got a lot of quick, technical players that can play a lot of football in that final third. We knew that we’d have to be very organised defensively and I thought we were and we limited them to few clear-cut opportunities.
“It’s massive at this level, the first goal, there’s a huge correlation between scoring it and going on to win the game. So for us to bounce back to get the win shows that we’ve got a lot of character and team spirit in the group.”
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