Steve Morison has analysed Millwall’s season in the Sky Bet Championship, claiming the campaign has been a "reality check."
The Lions secured second-tier status for 2019/20 after last weekend’s draw with Stoke City and results elsewhere, and now look to finish on a positive note at Wigan Athletic on the final day this Sunday.
“This season has obviously been a reality check,” Morison told millwallfc.co.uk.
“We lived a dream last year of chasing the Play-Offs, and this year it hit us hard how difficult this League is and we need to be at it constantly.
“We aimed to stay up and get to 50 points. We didn’t get to 50, but we stayed up – as an objective for the football club, we can go again next year in The Championship.”
The captain claims the objective of securing safety was never blurred after last season’s eighth-place finish, and reiterates manager Neil Harris that the summer months will be of huge significance at The Den.
“Our aim this season being to stay up wasn’t forgotten by us. We knew it was going to be tough – maybe not this tough – but people do get carried away. We wanted to do better than we have done, but ultimately we wanted to keep the club in The Championship, and that’s what we’ve managed to do.
“The fans who travel week-in, week-out around the country are great, and obviously for us and for them it will be nice to get a win – we’ll be doing our utmost to make that happen.
“It will be a massive summer for the club, with plenty of ins and outs – it will be an interesting one for everyone to watch.”
Morison - who netted the winner against Sunday's opponents on home turf back in October - was named in a front two alongside Lee Gregory in Tuesday night’s contest with Bristol City, assisting The Lions’ top scorer for the opening goal in the first half.
The skipper has credited Gregory’s impact over the last five years since his Millwall arrival.
“It’s been good playing alongside him, we’ve scored a lot of goals together, in League One especially.
“Whatever the future has in store, I’ll be pleased for him. He works hard every day, and he’s a great lad.”
Tuesday was also notable for the inclusion amongst the substitutes of youngsters Jesse Debrah, Billy Mitchell and George Alexander – something Morison says is a deserved recognition for their progress throughout the season.
“You can see the young lads have definitely got some talent, and they train with us regularly now.
“Being named in the matchday squad is a reward for their hard work this year.”