Norwich City star out to end Wales goal drought
Norwich City striker Steve Morison is hoping to end the wait for his first international goal when Wales take on Montenegro in tonight's Euro 2012 qualifying match.
The 28-year-old, who qualifies for the national side through his Welsh-born grandmother, has won eight caps since making his debut against Luxembourg just over a year ago, but has yet to find the net.
He could get the chance to change that at Cardiff City Stadium this evening however, when Gary Speed's men face the team level on points with England at the top of Group G.
With just one goal from four group matches – all defeats – Morison said it was time for bottom team Wales to come to the party.
He said: 'We need set our stall out, we need to start scoring some goals and we need to start winning some games as we look to the future.
'We can't keep dwelling on the past and we've got to concentrate on moving forward. The World Cup in Brazil is there in our thoughts, we have seen the group we are in and we are using these games now as the chance to get us where we want to be.
'Obviously they are very, very tough games, but I think you learn more from them. As a player you take confidence from playing well, scoring goals and winning games and we need to start doing all of those things.'
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Morison, who has made three appearances for the Canaries since his �2.1m summer move from Millwall, said the Welsh had to transfer their good work on the training ground into goals and points.
He said: 'It's about starting well in games, because we seem to be finishing them quite well at the moment. We need to put all the work we do in training and in meetings together with a performance because that's the only thing that is going to get us results.
'We do so much behind the scenes and work so hard on the training pitch to try and put it right, but for some reason we are not quite doing it on the pitch. It's something, as players, we need to put right.'
Wales, 117th in the Fifa world rankings, have their work cut out as they bid to avenge last year's 1-0 defeat by Montenegro in Podgorica.
'It was a tough game when we played them last year but we were disappointed not to get a result,' Morison told the Daily Post.
'They are a decent side who know what they are good at and they have some talented players. They are big and strong, don't concede many goals and have won quite a few of their games 1-0.
'They are right up there in the hunt and they'll be looking to win. Our job is to ruin their plans.'
Wales, who included City's Andrew Crofts in their squad, take on England at Wembley on Tuesday.
'We have to step up our game and we'd rather play strong teams than weak ones because it's a case of always trying to test yourself,' said Morison.
'We need to worry about Friday first and foremost and once we've won that one we can start to think about England.
'If we don't handle it like that there is the danger of going through the motions against Montenegro and we can't afford that. The first game is more important.'