Norwich City striker Morison hungry for more
Striker Steve Morison insists Norwich City are under-performing rather than exceeding expectations on their arrival in the Premier League.
Morison, preparing for Wales’ international friendly against Norway at Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow, said he did not agree with the suggestion that the three promoted sides, occupying ninth, 10th and 11th places, were punching above their weight – at least not in the Canaries’ case.
“We don’t think we’re over-performing, we think we’re under-performing if I’m perfectly honest. We could have been so much better in games,” he said.
Morison, 28, who has scored three times in the last six games for City, said: “We are doing OK, we are 11 games in now, but there is a long way to go.
“We are not resting on our laurels. It was a poor performance against Aston Villa on Saturday, so we have to get better and that’s what we will try to do.”
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Morison found the net in City’s 3-2 defeat at Villa Park, and in the 3-3 draw at home Blackburn, and feels he is getting to grips with the requirements of the Premier League.
“My aim is for people to want me to be the first-choice number nine and I will work as hard as I can and see what happens,” he said.
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“I know I am a long way away from being a complete Premier League striker and am under no illusion that I have to work hard every time I play and train.
“But playing against these guys week in, week out is making me a better player.”
Wales will be bidding for their fourth win in five games after finishing their Euro 2012 qualifying matches on a high note, while the Norwegians were edged out of a play-off place by Portugal.
“It will be a tough end to a good year but it’s a game I’m very much looking forward to,” said Morison, who scored his first international goal against Montenegro in September.
“We’ll be hoping to do what we’ve done in the past four games and put in a very, very good performance and, I hope, get another win.
“It was all a work in progress coming up to those games and you only get a short amount of time together.
“But the players have been fit, everyone’s been together and it all seems to be coming together nicely. Getting that win, then getting another win, keeps that momentum on its way.”
Wales have been drawn in the same World Cup qualifying group as Scotland, Croatia, Serbia, Belgium and Macedonia, with the fixtures getting under way next September.
“That’s why we’re here so early in these camps. We sit here and we work on things and watch what we’ve done wrong in games because there is so much to improve on. If we get it all right, we’ll be a very, very good team.
“We’d be very, very na�ve if we thought we were the finished article and we’re ready for the World Cup because there are some very, very tough games in the group and I don’t think we’re anywhere near ready yet.”