Morison proves his point
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Striker Steve Morison believes City's performance at Wigan demonstrated to the rest of the Premier League the Canaries are not in the top flight just to make up the numbers.
The Canaries more than warranted a share of the spoils thanks to Wes Hoolahan’s strike cancelling out Ben Watson’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Morison was pleased with how the Canaries refused to yield to Wigan’s onslaught in the last 10 minutes and believes it showed how difficult his new side are going to be to beat this season.
“We are here to win games and to pick up points,” he said “It shows we can compete in this league because we went down but we came back and we didn’t lose the game and that is important because you don’t want to lose too many in this league.”
Morison’s all-action display certainly caught the eye with his running of the channels a constant menace to the Wigan back-line.
His partnership with Grant Holt up front looks to have the makings of a decent understanding being struck up between the pair.
However, anyone thinking that they offer little more than a physical presence had better think again, according to the summer signing from Millwall.
“It’s only the second time we have played together up front and I think we are more than a physical threat,” said Morison, who had to leave the field in the fifth minute to get stitches for a cut on the side of his head after a challenge with Adrian Lopez.
“It’s good and if people just think me and him are going to be a physical presence and nothing else then that bodes well because we have got a lot more than that.”
Morison was pleased with his individual display but wished he could have had more of a sight of goal as City struggled to carve out many clear-cut opportunities.
“I thought I did alright – I worked the channels well. I worked hard and ran at them when I could.
“I created the goal so it was a pleasing afternoon. I was just disappointed not to get a clear chance to score a goal. I would have loved to have scored and we’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the game.”
City’s backs to the wall display in the last 10 minutes will have strengthened their resolve that they are more than able to compete in the Premier League but had it not been for a couple of excellent blocks form Ritchie De Laet then they could have left the north-west empty-handed.
“That’s what the defenders are there for. Two great blocks (from De Laet) at the end and we are there at the other end to stick the ball in the back of the net. It was disappointing his mistake led to the goal but that is life. He picked himself up, went back out there and made two game-saving blocks at the end, so it was fantastic.
“It was always going to be tough in the last 10. I had to go off and we went one up front which was a bit of a nightmare but it was about seeing the game out, especially with them having the crowd behind them.
“Yes, it was backs to the wall the last few minutes but I didn’t think they created a real chance and we still looked like we could score.”
Morison’s competitive debut for the Canaries on Saturday marked the end of a journey which has seen him rise from non league football with Stevenage to the Premier League in just over two years.
At 27 he is eager to make up for lost time and his willingness to chase down lost causes and make a nuisance of himself with the opposition could see him become a fans’ favourite at Carrow Road.
It seems that life is pretty sweet in the Morison household at the moment.
“Yeah, I’m enjoying it. The family have moved up now so it’s all good – playing football and starting the first game in the Premier League so it can’t get much better.”