Millwall striker Steve Morison backed to hit century of goals for Lions

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Steve Morison moved sixth in Millwall’s all-time scoring charts in midweek – then was backed by boss Neil Harris to hit the 100-goal mark.

The 34-year-old striker is  on 89 goals for the Lions and Jack Cock (92) is the next target to overhaul.

Harris is the club’s highest scorer with 138 goals, he moved ahead of Teddy Sheringham (111) after netting against Crewe in January 2009.

But if Morison does reach a century for Millwall he will be third in the standings. His close-range finish against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night sealed a 2-1 win and made it seven games unbeaten for the South Londoners.

“It will be important for Moro – he is a proud man,” said Harris. “It’s clear to see his goal in the team now is to make it successful  – he doesn’t see his number one role is to score goals.

“He knows it is important to chip in, but his all-round game is vital to us. Moro has been a clinical striker for so long, he will want to keep edging up that total.

“It is going to be hard for him to chase myself and Teddy but he’ll certainly be looking to get to 100 goals as soon as possible. He’ll do that either this season or next season.

“He is in illustrious company. They are players who have had fantastic Millwall careers.

“Steve got himself into the six-yard box [on Tuesday for his goal] – he can do more of that. Jed Wallace and Ben Marshall put some good crosses in. I’m telling Steve to crack on with his all-round game but have that little selfish streak as well to get on the end of things.”

Harris’ haul does not look like being topped for some time.

“I’m proud and privileged to hold the record but I would love someone to come through the ranks and beat that. I genuinely mean that.

“It is a different game now. If someone scores 20 goals a season for four or five years then it attracts attention. Even a club like Liverpool could not keep Philippe Coutinho. People will spend money to take somebody.

“People like Moro and even myself have gone away and then come back. That is the industry in the modern era.

“The club needs someone to come through and do it – whether they come through the ranks or from the outside. I look forward to that day.”

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