Millwall striker hoping for sell-out Den for Leeds United clash

STEVE Morison is hoping for a “packed house” at The Den on Saturday for the clash with his former club Leeds United.

Morison scored five goals in 42 appearances for Leeds from January 2013 to May 2015, a period that included a season-long loan back to Millwall.

Morison admitted his time at Elland Road was bittersweet, and he hinted after joining the Lions for a third time in the summer of 2015 that he would have refused to leave Leeds had financial issues not been resolved in his favour.

Leeds were still paying Morison in his first season at Millwall.

All of that will probably ensure a hostile reaction from away fans this weekend to their former striker.

Leeds have lived up to their pre-season billing as one of the promotion favourites and the fixture is close to a sell-out. By Thursday, Millwall had fewer than 2,000 tickets left for sale. Leeds supporters will occupy only the top tier of the away end.

Morison, meanwhile, is searching for his first goal at The Den since he scored the winner in the 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup in January.

“It’ll be a massive game, they’re flying at the minute,” Morison said. “They’ve had a really good start to the season. They scored five goals last weekend so we need to be right on our game.

“We need to recover well from the game Tuesday.”

“I think it’ll be a packed house at The Den on Saturday, which is what we want every week.”

Morison will have a new strike partner this weekend, after Lee Gregory lost his appeal against his red card in the 2-2 draw with QPR on Tuesday night.

Aiden O'Brien returns from suspension and Lions boss Neil Harris also has the option of starting Fred Onyedinma up front.

John Kelly