MILLWALL will be a force even without the injured Steve Morison, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has warned his players.
The Lions travel north on Saturday without their talismanic vice-captain, who has scored nine goals this season.
Morison is expected to be out until mid-December with the knee injury he picked up against Southend in the first round of the FA Cup.
In his absence rookie striker Harry Smith – who was playing in the eighth tier this time last year – has scored three goals and provided an assist in his first two senior games for the club.
But Neil Harris wasn’t revealing this week whether he would start Smith against League One’s best defence.
Millwall have won two games since Morison’s injury and scored seven goals, and Parkinson doesn’t want his side to be complacent after they lost 1-0 at Peterborough last weekend.
“Obviously they didn’t miss him too much last week,” Parkinson told Bolton News. “Steve Morison is a good player, a key player over the last few seasons for them but the young lad’s come in and done well
“We’ve just got to be ready to stand strong as a team.
“Neil has got back over the last couple of years to giving the fans what Millwall usually do, that kind of ‘up and at ‘em’ type of style that got them to the play-off final last year.
“So you’ve got to be ready to win second balls all over the pitch and to be physical, you have to roll your sleeves up and respond to a defeat.”
“I expect a performance like we have had for most of the season,” he said, “That’s in terms of an understanding of what’s required to get the result, in terms of the way Millwall play and enough of our players reaching the levels they have over the last six weeks or so.”
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