Neil Redfearn raves about goalless but 'brilliant' Leeds striker Steve Morison

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Leeds striker Steve Morison impressed his manager Neil Redfearn.

Steve Morison is still searching for his first goal of the season, but appears to be getting closer.

The Welshman struck the post in the first half, and made a vital contribution late on by providing the assist for 21-year-old Sam Byram to seal a 2-0 win over Reading.

The striker impressive head coach Neil Redfearn, who feels Morison is an important part of the side losing only one of their last six games, and has no plans to change it around.

He told LUTV: "The thing is with Steve, he's playing well. He leads the line well, gives us something at both ends of the pitch, his defensive heading today different class. He must've cleared half a dozen balls in the box for us.

"His touch play and his link play to midfield players which they're gambling on, he did brilliant for the second goal. He picked a great ball out for Sam, so I'm chuffed to bits with Steve, he's a good kid.

"He's another one who just needed to be in a better place (mentally), he's got somebody that rates him, so long may it continue."

While Redfearn may not like to admit it, there is pressure growing on Morison as he makes it 13 Championship appearances this season without a goal.

If the side win like last night, he will be alright, but any more losses like the insipid 1-0 home defeat to Brentford at the weekend and alternatives will need to start to be considered.

Leeds had an almost unprecedented scenario last night when they named a matchday squad with four strikers on the bench, Billy Sharp, Edgar Cani, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara.

Not one of them made it onto the pitch, and if Redfearn is to manage them effectively, he will need Morison to justify his place with goals sooner or later. Facing former club Millwall at the weekend could be the ideal place for him to start.

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