Millwall's Wallace: 'Moro is our leader – he's one of the strongest characters I've met'

STEVE Morison almost broke his season’s goal duck on Saturday – but won’t be shedding a tear that he didn’t, according to team-mate Jed Wallace.

Morison latched onto a short headed back-pass by Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson but Darren Randolph was quickly off his line to block the striker’s effort.

Morison, 34, had earlier assisted George Saville’s goal in the 2-1 win.

“Moro was outstanding today,” Wallace said. “When he’s not played I don’t think we’ve won a game, we certainly miss him. He brings that leadership for us and he has been involved in a lot of goals.

“If you met Moro you’d know that it won’t bother him. He ain’t someone who sits at home watching DVDs of himself missing chances and cries himself to sleep, believe me on that.

“He’s probably one of the strongest characters I’ve met and there is more to him than scoring goals. I’ve played with people like Adam le Fondre whose whole game is scoring goals, he’d admit that. Our front two work very hard for us, and Moro more than anyone is our leader out there. If he wasn’t there you’d see a worse team than you saw today.”

For the second home game in a row it was Lee Gregory dispossessing an opposition player before sparking a move for a goal, after his slide-tackle and pass teed up Morison to cross for Saville.

“I’ve said it about Gregs many times, whether he’s playing in the Conference or the Premier League he’ll always score goals because he makes so many chances for himself with his work rate,” Wallace continued.

“I’ve played with strikers who cost four or five million quid and don’t have a shot for five weeks. Gregs is always having chances and it’s up to him whether he puts them away.

“We’ve looked strong and we’ve got players coming back from injury, like Willo [Shaun Williams], who is an important player for us. Hopefully the next three or four games we can continue the good form.”

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John Kelly