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Morison: “We are disappointed, but we need to keep plugging away”

Lions captain reflects on QPR defeat in his 300th club appearance

19 September 2018

Millwall captain Steve Morison has explained the disappointment of the squad after Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Two first-half strikes from Massimo Luongo and former Millwall academy player Ebere Eze sealed the three points for the hosts in West London, and Morison maintains that the team must be persistent to claim the results.

"We're massively disappointed with the goals we conceded,” the skipper states.

"It was lacklustre – I was watching in the first half and then got the call at half-time, we nearly got back into it, but it just wasn't quite enough. We're disappointed with the result, the way we played, and just generally in ourselves at the minute.”

The striker, entering the fray at the break to make his 300th Millwall appearance, points out the respect The Lions still take from opponents, with QPR's setup looking to extinguish the threat of the usual Millwall line-up even after winning at the weekend.

"I remember being at Fulham last year and I was saying we should keep plugging away and doing what we're doing, and we've got respect from other teams. QPR won on Saturday and then changed their line-up to what would combat what they thought was going to be our starting XI.

"We need to try and get back to hitting the heights we were last year. We've signed a couple of players so it will take time for everyone to get back to that and to completely gel, but we have only lost one player and we need to get back to grinding away on the training ground which we are doing.

"The way we play is basic in terms of what we do. QPR did the same as us – they just did it better. It has happened too many times where we've been overrun and haven't been as aggressive as we should be. We know that, so we're not searching for answers.”

Morison declares that the team must take responsibility and reflect on their displays, in the knowledge that they are capable of performing well – as seen in matches this season that have at times not produced the deserved outcome.

"I told the boys in the dressing room that no-one else is going to make it happen for us but ourselves. The only one missing for us is Hutch [Shaun Hutchinson], so we're all here, we're the only ones that can help ourselves out.

"There have been times where we've played well. Opinions on us are dictated by results, but we have played really well for long periods in lots of games. The results sometimes haven't gone our way, so it can be considered a bad performance when it wasn't.

"At home we've been decent, but away from home we've not been as good – as opposed to last year. We know we need to just keep plugging away, producing the good performances."

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