New boots did the trick - Morison

Boro striker Steve Morison revealed the secret behind his double against Cambridge United in the play-off semi-final first leg – new boots. Morison s record of just three goals in his last 16 matches was starting to weigh heavily on the 25-year-old s min

Boro striker Steve Morison revealed the secret behind his double against Cambridge United in the play-off semi-final first leg - new boots.

Morison's record of just three goals in his last 16 matches was starting to weigh heavily on the 25-year-old's mind but one phone call to his agent and he appears to be firmly back on the goalscoring trail.

"My agent sorted me out with these boots and it seems to have done the trick," Morison told The Comet. "I haven't had much luck in the others but I had two chances and put both of them away. Admittedly one of them was with my head but I'm not fussy!"

Morison was at his predatory best against Gary Brabin's shell-shocked side on Thursday evening to put Boro within touching distance of their second Wembley final this season.


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It was the kind of display fans have become used to but it is looking increasingly likely that it was his last in front of The Lamex Stadium faithful. Manager Graham Westley has already acknowledged his skipper deserves a chance at a higher level while the man himself has made no secret of his desire for a chance in League One at the very least.

"I have given my all for this football club and if I do get the move I'm looking for, and hopefully I will, everyone has helped along the way including the players, the management staff and of course the fans," added Morison.

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"If we get promoted then everyone will be where they want to be."

For the moment, the only thing on Morison's mind is finishing off the job on Monday against Cambridge, who will have to chase the game to claw back the two-goal deficit - something which, Morison claims, will play right into Boro's hands.

"I don't know what they were trying to do," he added. "Whether they were trying to nick a 0-0 or a 1-0 - I don't know what they were up to.

"We didn't expect them to do that and they are going to have to change it for Monday. I think they are going to have to start the game the way they ended it.

"All that does is give players like me, (Andy) Drury, (Lee) Boylan and (Junior) Mendes the chance to get at them and exploit their holes."

Morison believes Boro's performance after Darren Murphy's controversial sending off illustrates the kind of unity that exists in the dressing room at the moment.

"The only time we've been beaten recently is when we've been down to 10 men. We could have crumbled but I think losing those two games has taught us a lot.

"We dug in and we've got a great spirit in the dressing room and I think it showed out there. We thoroughly deserved that scoreline in the end.

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