Sound of silence as Morrison responds to Megson’s axe

Honest pro: Clinton Morris battled in the Oldham win
Honest pro: Clinton Morris battled in the Oldham win
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WEDNESDAY players must let their football do the talking if they want to earn places in the team, says Gary Megson.

Clinton Morrison’s combative performance as a sub at Oldham could well earn him a starting role against Notts County tomorrow if Gary Madine is ruled out by his calf injury.

Morrison is among the most talkative of players but the manager has revealed that the bubbly striker has not taken the same course of action as Michael Morrison and hasn’t been to see him about being out of the side.

Striker Morrison was left out after the FA Cup defeat at Birmingham as Megson switched to a 4-5-1 formation which has mostly brought success over the last three weeks.

But he took on the front-running role after Madine had to go off in the 18th minute at Boundary Park.

“He’s done it before,” the manager told The Star, “Clinton’s qualities are different from Gary’s, but I think that in the main he looks to get hold of the ball. He battles and scraps. It’s not particularly his game but he’s a honest pro.

“Nobody is happy when they’re not in the team. I’ve told the players we’ve got 22 outfield players and a couple waiting to come back, so somebody’s going to be disappointed.

“There’s not much point coming to see me all the time, because my point of view will be that somebody in that team was doing a better job. I’ve told them that if they’re doing okay, they’ll keep the shirt.”

Megson says that when he was a player he did not bother to confront the manager if he was out: “I knew the answer.

“It’s what you do and not what you say that dictates whether you’ll be playing or not. And when you’re in there, you’ve got to play well and got to win, otherwise it’s going to change.”

Liam Palmer lost his place after the Plymouth game but Megson takes a sympathetic view: “He’s only 19. You get into the first team and there’s a huge buzz from making your debut, then it’s just a settling down.

“It’s no reflection on him; it’s normal for a young player.”

The recalled James O’Connor looks set to stay in midfield.