Norwich City’s Steve Morison - Premier League goalscoring not down to luck
If Steve Morison had any doubts he could cut it in the Premier League at the start of the season then he need worry no more.
The �2.8m summer signing from Millwall appears to have picked up the priceless habit of being there exactly when City need him most as demonstrated by his 79th minute winner at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
A lightning quick break culminated in Grant Holt standing up a wonderful cross to the back post for the waiting Morison to hammer home a header that sliced its way through Ben Foster's grasp.
After nearly 80 minutes of toiling, working the channels without reward, Morison's first real sight of goal arrived and he wasn't going to let it pass him by.
'The gaffer said before the game that I seem to have a knack of just being in the right place at the right time but I tell him that it's not luck,' he said with a smile. 'It was fantastic from Grant – he did all the hard work to be honest.
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'All I had to do was hit the target. I knew that I would get enough power behind it so I knew I just had to get it on target.
'We all celebrated as well because it was magic.'
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City had to withstand long periods of pressure, particularly in the first half, when Paul Lambert's men could barely get out of their own half.
But the Canaries are made of stern stuff under Lambert and Morison was just glad that his side were so clinical in front of goal when the chances came their way.
'We knew what we were going to be up against today and we had a game plan,' he said. 'We knew that we were going to have some pressure against us but we knew we could get down the sides of them and cause them some trouble as well.
'I think on the odd occasion we did that and we put them under pressure. We created two clearcut chances and scored two goals.
'It's a massive three points – back-to-back wins as well. It's fantastic for us and we just keep rolling on.
'We've got a great team spirit in the dressing room and we know what we need to do to stay in this league, keep grinding out results and that's exactly what we did today.'
However, City must not rest on their laurels according to Morison and he hopes the club can hit the 40-point mark before a difficult run of fixtures towards the end of the season.
'There's a hell of a long way to go – we're not under any illusions. We know there's some massive games coming up against some teams around us.
'I think apart from the next game we're up against teams in and about us.
'I think if we are going to get to 40 points then we need to do it before the last six or seven games of the season.'
Saturday marked City's third away win of the season, a real change from the last time the club were in the top-flight when they failed to register a single victory.
And Morison believes the club can pick up more points on their travels if they continue to show the sort of resilience they displayed at The Hawthorns.
'We never say die – we are in it to the end in every game,' he added. 'We want to pick up points at home and see what we can get away from home.
'It will stand us in good stead if we can pick up more points than not away.'