Leeds United: We were architects of own downfall – Morison

Steve Morison.
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STEVE MORISON admits that Leeds United were architects of their own downfall and paid a heavy price for a poor second-half showing against Wolves.

Saturday proved a bittersweet afternoon for Morison, who was arguably the hosts’ stand-out player in the first period on his first start for Leeds since May 2013.

But in the second half, Wolves turned the tables en route to a 2-1 success, with Leeds having no answers and being palpably unable to stem the tide. Morison felt Leeds were guilty of overplaying at times, and the former Norwich and Millwall frontman again cited poor communication levels between players, due to ongoing difficulties with the language barrier.

Morison, who set up Mirco Antenucci’s 18th-minute opener, said: “For some reason, we changed what we were doing in the first half and started doing the complete opposite. In the second half, we seemed to think we were Barcelona and that we could play out from anywhere and we stopped doing what we were doing in the first half, which was effective. Personally, I think when you have someone on the floor, you keep stamping on top of them until they go away and we stopped doing that. It was frustrating. I personally thought we knew what we had to do.”

He added: “We struggled a little bit with the language barrier. On the pitch, in the heat of the battle and the moment, it is important to get info to each other. I remember one point that I was trying to talk to Mirco in the middle of the pitch and they took a quick free-kick. Normally, you are running and shouting.”

Despite the result, Morison felt that he put in a good shift in a rare start and is hoping to have done enough to stay in the side – even with Souleymane Doukara back from suspension for Saturday’s game with Cardiff.

He added: “I thought I did all right. I have been waiting for a chance. I have got it maybe a little bit by default, with Doukara being suspended and Sharp being injured, but I thought I played well.

“Hopefully, the fans saw that I put in a shift and to be honest, I was knackered.

“To be honest, that is what happens when you have six or seven minutes of football throughout a game and all of a sudden, you start a game.”

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