STEVE Morison stressed the time for excuses is over after the closure of the transfer window as the Lions prepare for a huge clash with Leeds United at The Den on Saturday.
Morison admitted “it wasn’t ideal preparation” after a number of Millwall players were linked with moves away from the club during August.
Lions boss Neil Harris revealed there was an unsettling effect on the dressing room, before on the last day of the window George Saville was sold to Middlesbrough and Ryan Leonard signed from Sheffield United.
The deals were record fees received and paid for the club. Millwall will make a profit of around £8million on Saville when that move automatically becomes permanent on January 1. Millwall will also pay a seven-figure sum for Leonard, exceeding the outlay on Tom Bradshaw when they broke their almost-29-year-old transfer record for the first time in August.
Through that uncertainty over what the final make-up of their squad would be on August 31, Millwall lost three successive league games.
“It’s been tough,” Morison conceded. “Teams can decide what they want to do and unfortunately you’re powerless to stop it. It’s been a case of trying to manage that and if it is going to be a case of losing players then it’s about the club looking after themselves and getting the best possible deal that they can.
“That’s what happened in the end. The gaffer got his man Leonard who he’s wanted for a while. We’ve lost Sav which is disappointing for us and the dressing room. At the same time everyone realises that’s what happens in football.
“We have to regroup and go again. There’s not a lot we can do. It hasn’t been ideal preparation leading up to games and with the results people look for excuses. The transfer window is shut now so that’s another excuse out the window.
“It’s a case now we have to perform. We have no excuses not to. Obviously it’s going to take time for the new lads we’ve brought in to find their feet and learn how we play.
“We are very team-oriented. For us to do well and for the new lads to do well we have to do it as a team. We’ve shown at the back end of last season that if you do things as a team then individuals shine within that team.
“Has there ever been a period in Millwall’s history when so many players have been linked with moves away after one season? It’s testament to the staff and to the lads.
“We now just get our heads down and work hard.”
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