Patience pays off for Owls strike ace

Back in favour: Experienced front man Clinton Morrison was recalled against Tranmere Rovers.      Picture: Steve ellis
Back in favour: Experienced front man Clinton Morrison was recalled against Tranmere Rovers. Picture: Steve ellis
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday number two Chris Evans has praised Clinton Morrison’s professionalism following the striker’s stellar display at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Owls boss Gary Megson handed the former Republic of Ireland international his first start in four months on Bank Holiday Monday, preferring the wily forward to Ryan Lowe and Arsenal loanee Sanchez Watt.

Before the 2-1 victory over Rovers, Morrison was last selected in the starting line-up in the humiliating 5-1 loss at Stevenage.

Morrison, aged 32, has also made five substitute appearances since returning to Hillsborough following a productive loan stint at MK Dons.

Evans said: “The manager knew that Clinton had a part to play, I have to say I thought he was a credit. He’s had to be very patient. He went out on loan and did well.

“He came back and his whole demeanour around the club is very indicative of a senior professional who’s got the right attitude and was wanting and willing his team-mates to do well.

“I thought he played really well [against Tranmere]. He was intelligent, he held the ball up, and I’m giving him credit because of the chances he got. You could say of course he would love to have scored them, he’s got a proven track record of doing that, but you’ve got to be in the right place.

“I think the game is a wonderful game because eventually it will reward you if you keep getting into positions and keep getting chances, Clinton will put them away.

“It’s like with the way we play: we do go for teams. More often than not up to now it’s worked for us, but equally we are more than aware that you don’t have a divine right to win these matches.”

Morrison has hit five goals in 22 outings in the 2011/12 campaign, with two of his strikes coming in Wednesday colours. He bagged a consolation in the Carling Cup loss at Blackburn Rovers while his close range finish in the televised showdown with Charlton back in September secured the Owls a draw at the Valley.

While Morrison is aiming to cement his place in Wednesday’s side, Megson has stated he wants to bring in at least three more players during the January window as well as loan star Ben Marshall.

Evans said: “My great belief is that the whole of football is dictated by one word, that’s recruitment. We knew when we came into the club - I don’t want to speak ill of anybody who’s been here in the past - that we had a lot to do on the recruitment front.

“We’ve got good data now. I will supply the manager with a portfolio of players in every position. The likes of Miguel Llera coming in and being successful, and the due diligence that has gone into that signing, has been very important. James Tavernier has come in as a young player; Danny Batth, 20, has come in and done really well and so has Ben [Marshall]

“You identify, then put forward your request; but that request then has to be supported, and to date it has been supported and I believe that the loan players who have come into the team have been significant, alongside those who are under contract, and we hope with the hard work that is going on behind the scenes, to be able to come up with one or two others that we believe would do well in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt.”