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Steve Morison: We've achieved nothing yet

25 May 2016

Millwall have it all to play for says skipper

Millwall head to Wembley on Sunday for the League One Play-Off Final with Barnsley, and media interest in The Lions biggest game of the season is beginning to crank up both with the local and national press.

Here are just a couple of snippets from online stories that have appeared so far this week:

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Reaching the League One Play-Off Final is fantastic – but nothing has been achieved yet.

That is the verdict of Millwall striker Steve Morison, who scored and set-up two assists in the Lions’ impressive semi-final victory over Bradford.

Neil Harris' side drew 1-1 at the Den after beating the Bantams 3-1 at Valley Parade to secure a shot at promotion at Wembley.

Morison said: "It's fantastic to get to Wembley. This is what we've been working towards since we knew we couldn’t get automatic promotion.

"If you can pick a way to get promoted this is the best route, but on the other hand going to Wembley and losing is a bad place."

Millwall's opponents on Sunday will be Barnsley, who only guaranteed a top-six finish on the last day of the season with victory at champions Wigan.

The Tykes then thrashed Walsall 6-1 over two legs to move to within one win of Championship football.

Morison, 32, hopes the Lions can take their chance and bounce straight back to the second tier of English football.

He added in an interview with Sky Sports: “It’s great to be there [at Wembley] but we’ve achieved nothing yet.

"All we’ve done is given ourselves a chance – now we have to try and take it."

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Caretaker Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom assures his side will take the game to Millwall when the sides clash at Wembley on Sunday.

The Reds will go head-to-head with the Lions in the League One play-off final, with the prize of a return to the Championship on offer.

Heckingbottom has combined a hard working, all-action approach with plenty of positivity and attacking intent during his time in charge.

And he stressed that his charges will come out all guns blazing when they take to the field at the iconic national stadium.

"We've got pace and energy throughout the team so it's pointless sitting back and trying to contain teams," said the Barnsley born 38-year-old.

"We have to go at teams and try and affect them, because that's the type of player we've got in the team.

"We're playing to their strengths. We've got a group of players who are young so they're athletic, they're fit, so we play with pace.

"We try and use their strengths so the minimum is that the opposition have to match us.

"But then add to that the quality the players have got, and the belief when they apply themselves well and do the right things and make good decisions, then they're a force.

"We're a young side but as we're giving them roles and responsibilities and asking them to do the same things over and over again they're learning and getting better and better."

Heckingbottom has tasted defeat just three times since taking over at Oakwell in February when Lee Johnson left for Bristol City.

The former Development Squad manager has enjoyed 13 wins from his 21 games in temporary charge and was named League One Manager of the Month in March.

But he has been quick to divert any praise in the direction of his players and the effort they have put in to turning their season around having been rock bottom at Christmas.

Heckingbottom added: "It's down to them. They've worked really hard to get where they are.

"That's the pleasing thing; they appreciate how they've got there - they know it's down to their hard work on the training ground and sticking to game plans.

"So it's not by fluke that they've got there. The pleasing thing for me as the coach is they know how they've got there, so it's easier for us to carry it on."

Despite his success in the role so far Heckingbottom still has the 'caretaker' title, although a permanent stay in the Oakwell manager's office is expected to be announced this summer regardless of Sunday's result.

And the former Reds full-back has expressed just how much he is enjoying being in charge of his hometown club.

"I love it, I really do," he admitted. "The football side of it's amazing, I love working with the players.

"When you're the one making the decisions and you’re the one with all the responsibility of looking after them you get to know them that little bit more.

"When you’re the one having to give them good news and bad news you get to know them a little bit better and you do become attached.

"I like the fact that you’re bothered about your players, and I like the fact that they’re bothered about the club and the town and getting results."

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