‘Reject’ Morrison relishing chance to prove Owls wrong

Key defender: Michael Morrison holds off Ryan Lowe during the Owls' 1-1 draw at The Valley in September
Key defender: Michael Morrison holds off Ryan Lowe during the Owls' 1-1 draw at The Valley in September
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IF Michael Morrison should happen to hear the chant of “Wednesday reject” tomorrow then it is unlikely to cause him much concern.

The defender who was shipped out by the Owls has started every league game for a Charlton side who are top of the table.

He also won the League One Player of the Month award for November.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday; I know the reception isn’t going to be too high, but that’s part of the game; it’s adds a bit of spice to the game,” the 23-year-old centre-half told The Star.

“It will be nice to see a few of the lads. Hopefully we can come away with a win; that would be even more pleasing for me, on a personal note.”

Morrison is making his first return to Hillsborough since he was signed in the summer by Addicks manager Chris Powell.

“It’s crazy how football works out, sometimes,” he reflects. “As one door shuts another opens; I took the opportunity with both hands.

“I had a point to prove to everyone. Hopefully I can do it again at the weekend.

“I’ve been a mainstay of our team; that’s helped my performances, I’ve been part of the success, playing in every game, and things have really gone well for me.

“If you feel a key part of the team, that’s good for confidence.

“I knew Chris Powell and how he works, from when we were both at Leicester. He has really helped me, and my game has come on.”

Morrison started only 12 league games for the Owls; seven under Alan Irvine, who was sacked a month after he was signed from Leicester for around £250,000 in January, and five under Gary Megson before losing his place towards the end of last season and being sold to Charlton for less than he cost

He can play right-back or centre-half but the latter is his main position, and Wednesday have prospered without him after Megson brought in Rob Jones and Danny Batth.

Morrison had a sound game when the Owls drew 1-1 at The Valley in September.

“Wednesday got a good point,” he says. “We went 1-0 up; we had an early chance to make it 2-0 and didn’t take it, Wednesday hung on and got the result. That you’d take, away from home.

“We’ll be looking to win on Saturday but I think we’d look on a point as no mean feat.

“It’s a different time of the season now. Although Saturday’s game doesn’t define your season, you can make a big statement to the rest of the League.”

If Charlton win they will be eight points clear of Wednesday; if the Owls win, the gap will be cut to two points.

Morrison says he has seen little of his old club this season.

“I still read the match reports. It seems they have that winning formula,” he said.

“ A few people have give them stick for playing direct, but they’re playing to their strengths.

“When you’ve got somebody like Reda Johnson you’re going to hang the ball up in the box; we put the ball in the box for Yann Kermorgant.

“You don’t keep winning if you don’t play to your strengths.”

Charlton lost 4-0 in the FA Cup at Fulham but the score is said to have flattered the Premier League side.

Addicks manager Chris Powell was among those who felt the result failed to reflect the quality of his team’s performance.