Steve Morison hits back against the City critics – and promptly earns his first start of the season?
Ahead of the game today, Steve Morison waxes lyrical about the number of chances he has had.
“All you hear is people being negative about us and not scoring but you have to bear in mind, what do we get? One chance a game? Two chances as a forward?,” he said. “I think Ronaldo had 10 shots on goal the other night and scored one out of 10. It`s amazing the criticism people get sometimes.
“You have to realise where we are, the company we keep and we`re not going to score two, three or four every game. It`s one of the reasons why we`ve tightened it up at the back and we`re not conceding as many goals. You don`t forget how to score goals. You know it`s going to happen and while we`re not, we`re not losing the games, so that`s a positive. We`re a goal way from a win, aren`t we? We`re doing okay, we`re not losing games, I think that`s the important thing. We`re keeping clean sheets and only letting in one rather than twos and threes. It`s something we`ve worked on and it`s working.”
Morison scored nine Premier League goals last season and the striker is confident he has goals in him.
“We didn`t defy any expectations in our eyes,” he said. “We did exactly what we planned to do, what we set out to do at the start of the season. We went about our job and did it and it`s exactly what we plan to do this season. For me personally, you come back, you want to be as fit as you can and you want to get in the manager`s plans and I`ve tried to do as much as I can in the minutes I`ve had on the pitch so far this season. I`d like to have maybe nicked a goal, but it hasn`t happened.”
Morison starts versus Newcastle, playing as a lone front man, with the returning Wes just behind.
1. John Ruddy 2. Russell Martin 20. Leon Barnett 5. Sebastien Bassong 18. Javier Garrido 7. Robert Snodgrass 8. Jonny Howson 4. Bradley Johnson 11. Andrew Surman 14. Wes Hoolahan 16. Steve Morison
Subs: 28. Mark Bunn 6. Michael Turner 9. Grant Holt 10. Simeon Jackson 12. Anthony Pilkington 24. Ryan Bennett 27. Alexander Tettey
37. Steve Harper 14. James Perch 6. Mike Williamson 27. Steven Taylor 3. Davide Santon 10. Hatem Ben Arfa 8. Vurnon Anita 4. Yohan Cabaye 18. Jonas Gutierrez 9. Papiss Cisse 19. Demba Ba
Subs: 21. Rob Elliot 20. Gael Bigirimana 23. Shola Ameobi 24. Cheick Tiote 25. Gabriel Obertan 28. Sammy Ameobi 34. James Tavernier