STEVE Morison admits he had good times and bad at Norwich City – but says it’s a “great club” as he looks forward to facing them on Saturday.
Morison joined the Canaries for almost £2.8million from Millwall in 2011. He scored 10 goals in his first season as Norwich finished a creditable 12th in the Premier League.
But the following season he scored just twice before Chris Hughton let him leave for Leeds in January.
“Obviously a lot has changed since I’ve been there. There are lots of new faces,” Morison said.
“It’s a great club and they will bring a decent following as well. It’ll be a good atmosphere, the last one before the international break so people will come along.
“It was really good the first year when we were winning under Paul Lambert, there was a feel-good factor. I’d a really good time there.
“The second year it wasn’t the same and I got my normal tags: ‘Lazy…doesn’t care’, that kind of stuff. Maybe it’s because of the way I carry myself, because I don’t walk around with a smile on my face every day.
“For everyone that loves you, someone hates you. You take the rough with the smooth."
Morison has had similar experiences across three spells at Millwall.
“The best is you see them around Bromley and they say, ‘Hey, can I have a picture?’ And you say no problem. The minute you see them on a Saturday they tell you you’re the worst in the world! That’s the life of a football fan, I suppose, they love to hate you.”
Millwall have yet to win in four league games, while Morison and strike partner Lee Gregory have yet to score this season.
Millwall kept their first clean sheet of the league campaign last weekend at Bristol City.
The Lions’ last home game ended in a 4-3 defeat to Norwich’s East Anglian rivals Ipswich, when the Tractor Boys scored from each of their four shots on goal.
“They knew they would need to score more than us on the day, so they went with five forwards and it worked,” he said.
“We gave them a couple of goals that we didn’t need to give them. When I was out on the pitch never at one moment did I feel we were going to lose the game.
“It was a tough one to take but it’s all about how we bounce back. We came in last Thursday morning and we said it was actually a really, really good performance. There were just a few moments of madness from us. We dominated a team that are four unbeaten now. We took the positives out of it and carried them into Saturday, executed the game plan but just couldn’t finish it off.”
Millwall would climb above Norwich in the table with a win, and Morison is encouraged by how the side has played this season even if results haven’t reflected performances.
“As long as we play to the standard we have been, teams aren’t going to keep being able to stop us.
“But this will be a very tough game because they are a very strong team.”
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