Millwall captain Steve Morison on whether Leeds, Norwich or Sheffield United would be able to recover on missing out on automatic promotion

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall striker Steve Morison reckons Leeds could cope with the setback of missing out on the Championship automatic promotion spots by being a “force” in the play-offs.

It looks a three-way fight for the top two positions in the Championship between Norwich City, Sheffield United and Leeds – who the Lions face at Elland Road on Saturday.

United were knocked down to third in the standings after a 1-0 home loss to Sheffield United before the international break.

Asked about the psychological effect of one of those sides just falling short – and whether it could derail them in the play-offs, Morison said: “Yes and no, because the three of them have been so good. Like, so good.

“Sheffield United haven’t just crept into the top two. Leeds haven’t and the same applies to Norwich. They have all been there for the majority of the season. They are there on merit because they have been doing unbelievably well.

“People are going to lose games of football. For Leeds, last week was a bad one to lose because it was against one of their rivals in the battle at the top.

“But we could have a weekend where we beat Leeds but Sheffield United and Norwich both lose their respective games, or draw.

“But whoever ends up in the play-offs out of those three is going to be one heck of a force. Chris Wilder [Sheffield United] is a vastly experienced manager and he’ll be able to pick them up. [Marcelo] Bielsa – you don’t get much more experienced than that.

“I personally think Norwich will go up, and then it is one from the other two.”