Millwall skipper on the January transfer window – and the latest on his future

STEVE Morison is interested to see what Millwall do in January’s transfer market – as he aims to convince Neil Harris he is worth a new deal.

Millwall are looking for at least a striker with Tom Bradshaw out for the season. Harris has to decide if Fred Onyedinma and Ben Thompson come back for the second half of the season.

Harris was pleased with his players’ performance despite the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday, but the previous week at Preston said he would have to consider changes if results did not improve.

“The manager is as frustrated as the players are. If anyone thinks we’re not frustrated then they’re massively wrong,” Morison said.

“The manager’s comments are obviously not the kind of comments you want to hear but at the end of the day until someone comes in we’ve only got the players who are here. It’s down to us to keep working hard and keep our places in the team.

“Ben [Marshall] coming in last year was brilliant, it was just what we were missing. He added that extra dimension to our game, it was no surprise we went on a run and he was a massive part of that.

“We brought players in to freshen up the squad and unfortunately one of those [Bradshaw] got injured for the season, and we were back to where we were.

“January will be interesting to see whether Thommo or Fred come back and to see who the manager brings in.

“It’s an exciting time but we’d like to go into it on the back of a couple of positive results.”

Millwall will be in the Championship’s bottom three at Christmas with only two clean sheets in 23 games this season.

“We have to stop conceding sloppy goals as a team,” Morison continued. “Preston last week had two shots in the first half that went into the stands somewhere and then the next two go in the back of our net.

“We watched a clip where we had 14 or 15 attempts on goal and we only scored two. No team in the world will score seven or eight goals a game. Where we were last year we would score two goals and win games. This year it’s not happening.

“It’s mistakes and ricochets falling in the wrong place. They say it evens itself out over a season and hopefully a few of those will start falling our way because we’re creating so many chances and not conceding lots of shots or chances. There’s no way anyone could say we’re being battered, every game we’ve been in. There’s not been a three/four/five-nil game, they’ve all been close affairs.

“We just haven’t managed to hold on. We’ll keep knuckling down and hopefully we’ll have a successful period to end the year on.

“It’s a massive period. Good games as well with Forest and Reading at home and Ipswich away.”

Morison has gone into some games this season not fully fit, but he insists he is has no current injury problems.

“I’m fine now, there were a couple of games I maybe shouldn’t have played,” he admitted. “Needs must and we different have that many players available. I made myself available and did my very best for the team. At Bristol City I had a little bit of cramp towards the end. But it worked out well because I got the result.

“I’m back firing on all cylinders. Let’s see if we can keep the squad fit because it’s thin at the best of times.”

Morison is out of contract next summer, and hopes to extend his Lions career into what would be an eighth season over three spells with the cub.

“I’ll keep plugging away and at some stage I hope the manager asks me to stay.”

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John Kelly