Charlton: We need to cut out mistakes, says Morrison

By Rob Virtue on September 6, 2011 11:04 AM |


Charlton's new centre-back Michael Morrison said he and his teammates have to stop conceding set-piece goals if they want promotion this season.

He was speaking after the Addicks were held to a 1-1 draw in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday night.

Bradley Wright-Phillips gave Charlton an early lead in the scrappy encounter before Michael's namesake Clinton Morrison levelled scores from a corner.

The Charlton defender was left rueing the equaliser and said his side must sharpen up at the back if they want success this season.

"During the game, in open play, we kept it tight," he said. "They were quite direct but Matty (Taylor) and I dealt with that.

"Their main threat was the set-piece and our lads were gutted because over the last few days we've been working on that threat and that was the way they scored.

"That's a couple of goals we've conceded on set-pieces lately and it's not good enough if you want to be at the top of the league. They were sloppy goals and we're not making teams work hard enough to score against us.

"They are frustrating goals that need to be cut out. We've hard as a back four. We're a good unit which has combined quickly but if we want to be top of the league then we've got to eradicate that."

The Sheffield Wednesday equaliser was hotly protested by goalkeeper Ben Hamer who claimed he was fouled when the cross came in.

However, Morrison was adamant there should not have even been a corner.

"Straight before Clinton scored he gave me a good elbow in the face," said Morrison. "It was right in front of the linesman and I though he must have seen it.

"I thought I should have got a free-kick for that but obviously I didn't and he's gone on and scored.

"It was just before the corner, he's caught me on the face and was I disappointed it wasn't spotted."