Millwall’s Moro on whether beating ex-club Leeds was personal: ‘I ain’t bothered’

STEVE Morison has warned visiting teams to The Den that if they don’t fancy a “scrap” then they’re going to “come unstuck”.

Millwall defeated Morison’s former club Leeds United 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Aiden O’Brien’s goal.

The Lions were superb throughout, and Jordan Archer didn’t have a save to make as he kept his third clean sheet in the Championship this season.

Morison denied the win had an extra personal significance after his sometimes difficult spell at Elland Road.

“I couldn’t care less about that. I ain’t bothered about that, that’s what you lot [press] want to talk about,” Morison said.

“Our team was fantastic today. People like to talk, write people off and teams off. People had crowned them champions after six games, but there’s a hell of a long way to go. We showed how good we can be and how bad we can make someone lese look.

“It was a dominant display, the same as all season apart from Wolves, and we got our reward in the end.

“We could have scored more, the ‘keeper made a couple of saves, we had a goal disallowed, hit the post. It would have been a travesty had we not won, but luckily Aiden stood up when it mattered and we got the winning goal.

“We’re a good bunch, we work hard and are fit and look after ourselves. You can see out there how far we run and the work we put in. It was disappointing the last two games being down to 10 men for so long, but it showed how well we had recovered. We’ve near enough had the same team every game.

“It’s not a one-off, we did it against Norwich and in a few other games as well. It shows we should be here. We’ve upped our game from last year, we’re a much better team and we have been playing very, very well all season.

“It just shows that in this league you have to put your chances away. I know Leeds had one shot off target all game but right at the death they nearly had a chance and that’s what’s been happening to us this year. We haven’t been putting them away and teams have been nicking a goal or scoring a screamer from 30 yards.”

There were 16,477 people at The Den on Saturday, the biggest home attendance for a league game since Neil Harris took charge.

“We are a good team, and no one is going to enjoy coming to play here,” Morison said.

“Playing in front of Leeds fans is a big ask. They’ve got 30,000 of them-plus at the minute. But The Den is a tough place to come. We’re a good team and if we play like that and you don’t fancy it and you don’t want to have the scrap with us then you’re going to come unstuck. That’s exactly what happened today.

“It’s a great place to play football, it’s enjoyable. The fans try to make it as hostile as possible for the other team. There are players who can’t do it here because it’s too much pressure but can do it elsewhere.

“They turned out in their numbers today, there was a fantastic following and all-round it was a very, very good day.”

Morison hasn’t scored yet this season, but his partnership up front with Fred Onyedinma in the suspended Lee Gregory’s absence caused Leeds numerous problems.

Morison isn’t worried about his lack of goals, after seeing an early strike on Saturday ruled out for offside.

“Not for one minute did I think I was offside, but we get the information pretty quickly and I was offside,” he conceded.

“It frustrates Lee more than it frustrates me. I want to score goals, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not at the stage where I’m trying to score 20 goals to get a move to another club. I just want us to win games of football, I enjoy that as much as anyone else.

“Obviously you do get judged on your goals but I’m at a football club with a manager who doesn’t judge me on my goals. He judges me on what I bring to the team.

“I want to score goals but as long as we’re winning and I’m playing and still contributing, then I’ll be enjoying myself.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly