Millwall boss on Morison substitute role and Elliott contribution

NEIL Harris felt Millwall were "crying out for" an experienced striker to come off the bench and make an impact last season – as he praised Tom Elliott and Steve Morison for their roles in the Lions picking up 10 points from their last five games.

Elliott has started all five – his longest run in the starting line-up since he joined from AFC Wimbledon – and scored the winner against Aston Villa that started a run of three successive home victories.

Morison has come off the bench in all five, and he popped up with the winning goal against Wigan last week.

Both players are vying to partner the in-form Lee Gregory in attack for the London derby at Brentford on Saturday.

"There were times last year when I think it was crying out for that role," Harris said. "Tom Elliott's been outstanding the last five games he's played and the team has been outstanding with him in it.

"Steve's shown his class and importance to this team and club time and time again over the last three years.

"Having both those players combining in the role of starter and finisher is massively important for me and the team.

"Steve understands his value and his ability to start some games or come off the bench. Tom gets it as well.

"Tom would have been looking at me up until the last month or so and saying, 'come on, gaffer, give me a run of games to prove my worth to the squad, the staff and the fanbase'. And he has done that.

"Steve showed his importance early in the season starting games but also recently to finish games for us. Not just the goal he chipped in with to win the game against Wigan, but also to see games out.

"It's a lovely position for me to be in at the moment to have those two fit and in really good form and spirit and working in tandem in whatever role they're required for in each game."

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John Kelly