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"We thoroughly deserve our chance," says Morison

8 May 2017

Lions striker primed for another trip to Wembley

Steve Morison believes Millwall "thoroughly deserve" their shot at promotion to the Championship after fighting back to beat a determined Scunthorpe side on Sunday afternoon.

After playing out a goalless draw at The Den in the Play-Off Semi-Final first leg, The Lions were ranked outsiders to prevail at a hostile Glanford Park in the second.

And after falling a goal behind courtesy of Iron striker Ivan Toney's 19th minute tap-in, it took a Steve Morison-inspired fightback to book the club's second trip to Wembley in as many years.

"We were fantastic," Morison told millwallfc.co.uk

"Scunthorpe were looking to score from set-pieces and we were comfortably dealing with most of them before one snuck in from a corner.

"You're always concerned when you go a goal down. It seems like we wanted to do it the hard way but we dug in and got the job done."

The Lions striker scored the equaliser in the shadows off half-time, leaping to planted a firm header on Toney Craig's deep free-kick and then set up Lee Gregory shortly after the break to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.

"When we scored just before half-time I thought we were in a good position to push on and win it," the 33-year-old added.

"TC put a great cross in and I headed it home. It seemed like everyone just stopped and paused because no one could quite work out what was going on - they were shellshocked.

"We were virtually unplayable for 20 minutes in the second-half and I was able to deliver a quality ball for Lee to head into the back of the net."

Morison's deflected shot in the 58th minute provided some breathing space, although Stephen Dawson's strike set up a nervy finish to a dramatic tie.

"I got a bit fortunate with the third goal but that's what happens when you apply the pressure like we did. Scunthorpe came out swinging late in the match and thankfully we survived a hairy final ten minutes to see out the game.

"It's a difficult place to travel to and we deserve a lot of credit. We scored three good goals and thoroughly deserve to be going to another Final."

Millwall now have the chance to make amends for last season's 3-1 defeat to Barnsley in the Play-Off Final. An experience that Morison believes will help against Bradford on May 20th.

"There is always going to be comparisons to last season and we can definitely learn from it. Our aim was always to get promoted and we have worked hard this year to make it a reality."

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