Millwall manager wary of threat posed by old boy Morison

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KENNY Jackett believes Millwall must handle the threat posed by former striker Steve Morison if they are to beat Leeds United on Saturday.

Jackett admits the Lions tried to re-sign Morison in January after the Wales international was told he was surplus to requirements at Norwich during the transfer window.

But the Canaries agreed a swap deal involving Luciano Becchio with the Whites and Morison made the switch to Elland Road, where he will line up against his former club.

Jackett told NewsAtDen: “Like a lot of other situations, we have kept our eye on Steve since he left us and had been waiting to see [whether he could come back]. But it hasn’t happened.

“The most important thing is that there are always other players around the corner and we have to find them. Sometimes, you see whether someone like Steve can come back, but it wasn’t to be.

“Handling Morison and Ross McCormack will be very important – they are dangerous players. They look a good pairing – we have to respect that and I’m sure Leeds will have high hopes for them.

“As a team, we’ve got to handle that threat and Leeds’ overall pressure. They will drive forward and we have to be strong enough to sustain that right the way through the game.”

But Jackett insists facing Morison for the first time since his departure in June 2011 will not become a distraction to his side and that he is focused on his own attacking options ahead of the game.

“The players that matter for us are the two playing up front in blue,” he said. “We have two 20-year-olds in John Marquis and Benik Afobe and some experience in Rob Hulse and Nathan Tyson.

“And then we have Andy Keogh who does need a goal to help him but he has a fantastic work rate and commitment to the club. We need to find the right combinations between those guys.”