Audio: Country boy Steve Morison enjoying life at Norwich City
Steve Morison has had no trouble keeping a smile on his face this season – even with the trials and tribulations of taking on the country life.
The Norwich striker made a big impact over the first half of the Canaries' Premier League return and although his chances have been limited since the turn of the year, Morison provided a moment all City fans will remember thanks to his late equaliser that capped a thrilling afternoon at Arsenal.
The City number five has had to deal with criticism from some quarters of the City support in recent weeks, while his goal on Saturday was his first in 13 appearances and his 10th of the season.
But Morison reiterated he is enjoying his time at Norwich since joining from Millwall for �2.8m in the summer and life is good – despite losing a feathered member of his family.
'Yes, of course it's easy to keep a smile on my face – playing in the Premier League, scoring goals,' said Morison. 'I've got a lovely family at home. I've got my animals. What's not to be happy about in life?
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'I've got my dogs, got my chickens... I did have four chickens but I had a bereavement in the family this week. I lost a chicken.
'I don't name them – just brown one, black one… He drowned, fell in some water. I never had them before I came up here. I'm enjoying the country life!'
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Morison added: 'It's been fine, I've just been getting along. The team has been playing well and I've been in and out of the team, doing my bit when I can. You have to wait for your chance and it came at Arsenal, and I took it.
'It's easy to keep your head up with the lads we have got. They keep going every day and we really enjoy training. We enjoy coming in and seeing each other every day.
'You are in and out, and that's life. That's football. As I said, it's a team game and we have used every single player in our squad this season and everyone has contributed to what's been a very successful season.'
A run of three successive defeats had left some Norwich fans wondering if their side had eased off after achieving their primary aim this season – Premier League survival.
But for Morison, City's efforts against the Gunners proved that was far from the case – as well as reminding everyone exactly why the Canaries were battling so hard for another shot at the top flight next season.
'We know what we pride ourselves on – hard work and work rate – and we did that at Arsenal,' said the Wales international. 'The last two games have been disappointing from us, we haven't done what we did at the Emirates, but there we did do it and we showed we're not on our holidays yet and there is still more to come from us.
'We may have had a lull over the last couple of games but we have come back, and come back with a bang.'
He added: 'All we wanted to do at the start of the season was to come back to places like the Emirates next season, and that was guaranteed a few weeks ago.
'We wanted to finish the season on a reasonable high and we've started that, and hopefully we can move on to next week for what will hopefully be a very exciting game.
'We can go and enjoy the game – but players don't enjoy football games unless they are winning, and that's something we will be wanting to do.'