Michael Morrison issues warning to Ipswich Town

HAVERHILL-born defender Michael Morrison predicted a long season ahead for Ipswich Town, if they are unable to find a winning formula in their next few games.

The Blues are second from bottom in the Championship with a goal difference of minus ten, after crashing to their latest defeat – a 2-1 setback against Morrison’s Charlton – at Portman Road, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old played a starring role for the Addicks and was happy to spoil the weekends of many of his Blues-supporting family and friends as lowly Charlton grabbed a crucial win.

“I think the goal Ipswich scored was quite lucky and we dealt with their threat pretty well,” said Morrison.

“I think it’s just a case of a lack of confidence (for Ipswich) and one win can turn things around quickly, especially in the Championship when the games come thick and fast.

“If Ipswich win next week they could go just behind us. Our win here has lifted us up the table.

“It’s important they get a win and stay with the pack. At the moment one victory will put you right up there but once you are looking at two and three wins to catch up it becomes a hard task.”

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Skipper, Johnnie Jackson gave the visitors the lead on 48 minutes and Ricardo Fuller added a quick-fire second two minutes later.

Morrison insisted the first goal was vital and suggested morale dropped in the home camp after Jackson’s opener.

“It was a nervy start for both teams and the first goal was massive as their fans and players’ heads went down,” he said.

“The second goal (Fuller’s goal) was a sucker-punch. Ipswich have probably got one or two things to put right, but that is their job and I thought we were good value for the win.

Morrison returned to Haverhill after the win and is likely to have had some apologising to do.

“I have a few family members and friends who are season-ticket holders,” said Morrison.

“It’s the first time I have played here and it was a big game for everyone.

“I think the pressure was on Ipswich. We pressed the ball well and in the second half we twisted the screw.”