After ‘that’ goal in Bristol, defender Michael Morrison made another key goalscoring contribution in Rotherham – netting the winner against the Millers!
“I’ve hit a bit of a purple patch!” smiled Morrison. “I’m up to four goals now – I always try to get five in a season, so I’m one off that target at the moment.
“Me and Liam Moore were both free at the far post – I called for it, and I wasn’t sure if Liam was going to leave it or not!
“Thankfully he did – I headed it low, the goalkeeper parried. I followed it up, and I knew once I’d poked it past him that it was in so I was off celebrating. I was quite convinced it was in.”
And it gave the Royals something to cling onto, too – the Royals couldn’t quite grab a second, but managed to hold out to earn all three points.
“When we concede first, it can be difficult,” he continued. “There isn’t a lot of space for the lads to play in. But when we score first, it can open the game up – teams have to come out and there’s a bit more space for people like Lucas João and Michael Olise.
“With our gameplan and the way that we play, the first goal is important. That doesn’t mean that we can’t win when we don’t score the first goal, but it gives you something to hold onto and makes your job easier. I think we could have caught them on the break and scored a few more.
“Not scoring the second keeps their belief up. If you don’t bury the game and make it 2-0, they will always have a chance. Especially with how direct they go – they can go from back to front very quickly and be in your box. But we’re happy to get the clean sheet, be back to winning ways, and hopefully we can start pushing on. We want to get back-to-back wins now.”
Goalscorer at one end, Morrison also made a final-minute contribution at the other by diverting a goal-bound effort around the post – just.
That would have been a harsh reflection on the way the game went… it fell our way.
“I thought that one was in for a split second!” Morro said. “Luckily I was just outside the front post when I headed it – it was a bit heart-in-mouth and that would have been a real sucker-punch if it had gone in after we had worked so far. So I’m very glad that it didn’t.
“We worked really hard – you have to work for whatever you get. We put bodies in front of it and played some good football when we were able to. So it was a very good away performance off the back of a couple of disappointing results.
“I think our performances have been okay recently, but we’ve been unlucky to be on the wrong side of defeats. So it’s nice to come out on the right side today.
“This time of the season, people are fighting for their lives and there are up and down results. I wouldn’t want to be doing the accumulators at the moment! When you get to this time of the season, with teams fighting for their lives or teams with pressure on them.
“So throughout the ups and downs, it’s about staying level headed and worry about what you’re doing. We know if we keep winning games, if we get results and put a run together, then we can make sure we don’t get caught so we can make those play-offs.”