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He's Mori-sun

18 September 2013

What the papers said

The Sun
Lions striker lifts the gloom

Super sub Steve Morison turned the formbook upside down as he put leaders Blackpool to the sword.

The on-loan Leeds striker came on to change the game for Millwall, unsettling Pool and scoring a cracker to make it 3-1.

Victory was a relief for Lions boss Steve Lomas, who got a first league win at the seventh attempt that lifted the Lions off the bottom.

Lomas had earlier emerged from a face-to-face meeting with the board to make six changes from the side humiliated 5-1 at home by Derby on Saturday. And he was helped on his way by a controversial penalty on half-time, with his side trailing to Tom Ince's 16th-minute opener.

Pool's Isaiah Osbourne was cautioned for a remarkable tug on Trotter's shirt as he waited to take the penalty.

Blackpool's assistant manager Steve Thompson said: "We all felt it was a bad decision. We have watched the video and it was nowhere near his arm."

But Lomas thought otherwise and said: "There is no doubt that it hit his hand. We have been on the wrong end of some bad decisions and, even if that was wrong, we must still be in credit."

It was an amazing transformation on the night after Ince had fired the Seasiders in front.

He scored three times against the Londoners last term and with the leaders' first chance of the half, buried a left-foot shot.

After Trotter levelled from the spot, Pool soon sent on Nathan Delfouneso for Osbourne, who was in danger of a second yellow, while Lomas sent on Morison for Scott McDonald.

It was a masterstroke. Morison, back after a double hernia op, soon had the crowd on their feet with two menacing runs.

And on 73 minutes, the Lions led when Nicky Bailey laced in a Martyn Woolford corner.

A minute later and the Derby defeat was a distant memory.

Morison raced on to a superb ball from Richard Chaplow, held off Kirk Broadfoot and crashed home from just inside the area.

Lomas revealed: "I met with the board before the game and we talked about players. There was nothing untoward and I wouldn't tell you if there was!"

Thompson added: "We are disappointed we couldn't score the second goal which would have killed them off. But to be fair, Millwall deserved it."

The Independent

Blackpool missed a chance to pull clear at the top of the Championship as Millwall eased the pressure on under-fire manager Steve Lomas with their first victory of the season.

Millwall move off the bottom with three points that, in front of watching American chairman John Berylson, might just have saved under-fire Lomas – who replaced Kenny Jackett in the summer – from the sack.

Yet to be fully accepted by Millwall fans because of his West Ham connections, he desperately needed this after Saturday's 5-1 home drubbing by Derby County.

Thomas Ince had Blackpool on course for a fourth straight win but Liam Trotter's penalty and goals from Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison stunned the in-form Seasiders. A first defeat in seven sees Paul Ince's side drop out of the automatic promotion places and below Leicester and Queen's Park Rangers, who host Brighton tomorrow night.

Blackpool went ahead on the quarter-hour when Ince pounced on a weak header from Mark Beevers before thumping his third of the season past goalkeeper David Forde from 16 yards.

In response, Martyn Woolford's header hit the inside of the post before bouncing off a motionless Matt Gilks and away from danger. Things have not gone for Lomas since he replaced Kenny Jackett in the summer and the Northern Irishman desperately needed a break.

He got exactly that in first-half injury time, when Isaiah Osbourne was adjudged to have handled in the area and Trotter levelled from the spot.

Ince, who again showed why he is considered the brightest talent outside of the Premier League, curled over before Bailey took advantage of some generous Blackpool marking to volley home from a corner after 73 minutes.

Morison, the former Norwich striker who was returning from over a month on the sidelines with a hernia injury, came off the bench to score a superb third a minute later.

Despite this defeat, the future still looks bright for Blackpool but the outlook is looking a lot less bleak for Lomas and Millwall, who climb out of the relegation zone.

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