NEIL Harris praised Lee Gregory’s attitude after the defeat to Bristol City – and also addressed again the future of Steve Morison.
Gregory scored the Lions’ opener from Steve Morison’s knockdown, and the same combination led to a second-half penalty that Shaun Williams missed before the Robins scored two late goals.
Harris was asked if that was the last time Gregory and Morison would play together at The Den, with both players out of contract this summer.
“I think so,” he said. “Firstly how good was Lee Gregory tonight? He’s a northern boy and he’s out of contract. He’s been an unbelievable player for me.
“It was a big performance tonight, good goal and he could have had a couple more. I’d love to keep him but it looks unlikely now.
“The attitude to want to play, to train, to put himself forward to work, that’s the kind of character we need.
“I was delighted with the goal, that was Morison and Gregory vintage over the last four years. That’s why I played them tonight, a little bit of sentiment in the pair, of course.
“I felt it was time for them to affect the game. It’s been a tough season and I picked a team tonight that I knew would work for me.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t finish with at least a point, I thought it would be fitting to get a point here at The Den. But it wasn’t to be and the game changed on the penalty.
“Stevie Morison put himself forward and wanted to play to show that he’s still got some ability at this level and importance. I thought he played well tonight.
“We’ve talked about a new contract with Steve. He’s at an age now where there’s lots to consider with him. It’s a conversation we’ve got to have moving forward.
“He’s doing his coaching badges. He’s not played a lot of football this year. Can he still play? Does he want to play? Moving forward what involvement would he have next year as a player? Is he happy with little involvement, opportunities when they come?
“I left to go to Southend to play 40 games a season when I was 34. Lots of conversations to be had with different individual players.”