SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Old boy braced for Hillsborough battle

Charlton ace: Michael Morrison has been an Addicks regular since leaving Wednesday last year
Charlton ace: Michael Morrison has been an Addicks regular since leaving Wednesday last year

FORMER Owls defender Michael Morrison expects a physical encounter at Hillsborough tomorrow after seeing how his old club battled to victory at Barnsley.

“I think it will be very hustle and bustle,” he told The Star.

“The front two who played last Saturday, Chris O’Grady and Gary Madine, try to make their presence felt, as you saw with Madine and the challenge on the goalkeeper (from the cross that brought O’Grady’s match-winner).”

Tongue in cheek, the centre-half added: “I’m sure that if I come away without an elbow in the face, I’ll have done well!”

Morrison, who was impressive in Charlton’s 1-0 win at Hillsborough last January, still keeps an eye on his former club’s results.

He added: “For us, it will be a case of going there and trying to get on the front foot early doors and put some pressure on.

“Hillsborough is a difficult place to play when things aren’t going so well.”

The Addicks no doubt will attempt to play on the Owls’ anxiety to get a win; they will also see it as an opportunity to bounce back after having a seven-match unbeaten run ended with a 2-0 result at Bolton last Saturday.

Morrison, a regular in the side since his move 18 months ago, added: “We keep a tight shape, we’re very organised; we break, and we have enough quality to take our chances,”

The centre-half feels that that Wednesday “did brilliantly” to overtake Sheffield United and win the automatic second promotion spot behind the Addicks last season: “I thought United would be the ticket, and Huddersfield had a strong squad who’d been together for a long time,” he said.

“Probably when Dave Jones took the job he thought automatic promotion was touch and go.

“They’ve brought in a lot of new players. I think the club might have thought they were going to do a bit better than they have done, and most fans will have expected them to be higher up the table. But you never know how players are going to fare.

“For every team that goes up, it’s about staying up and consolidating; Wednesday are a bit closer to relegation at the moment.

“Every team will think they can do better than where they are, but it can be difficult to get the team to gel.”