Millwall skipper would like to lead lap of honour – but doesn't think he'll get the chance

STEVE Morison would like the opportunity to lead his team on a lap of honour on Sunday – but is convinced he won’t get the opportunity.

Millwall face Aston Villa at The Den with the club announcing it would be a sell-out in south Bermondsey this weekend.

That was before the Lions’ play-off chances effectively ended with last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough, though they can still finish seventh and want to surpass 70 points this season.

Millwall fans entered the pitch after the last league game of last season, the 3-0 defeat to Oxford, denying the players the chance to walk around the ground to thank supporters.

Morison was also annoyed that the same thing happened at Wembley after the play-off final win over Bradford.

After the last home game of their regular season, hundreds of Middlesbrough supporters invaded the pitch last weekend and then appeared to goad the away fans. The FA this week contacted both clubs regarding the incident.

Den supporters previously encroached onto the pitch after seeing their side score a last-minute winner to knock Leicester City out of the FA Cup last season.

Asked this week if he expected there to be some who intended to do the same this weekend, Morison replied: “There is no chance of no pitch invasion because they cannot work it out that we would like to thank them, to show our appreciation for their efforts all season travelling up and down the country to support us and for going to The Den to support us.

“Instead they want to come on and get selfies and rip our shirts off.

“I know it’s probably their way to show their appreciation for us.”

Meanwhile, Morison and boss Neil Harris rallied the squad after last Saturday’s disappointment.

Morison urged the players not to let it affect their preparations this week as they aim to finish a memorable season on a high.

Morison added: “I said to them it’s been a good season.

“We should be disappointed, now don’t let it affect next week in front of a packed stadium. We should use that to go and enjoy what we’ve done and also realise we’ll be better again next year, though it will be twice as hard for us.”

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John Kelly