Leeds United striker Steve Morison sets Championship season record against Middlesbrough

Steve Morison

Leeds striker Steve Morison made 11 clearances against Middlesbrough.

Leeds United produced a resolute performance to win 1-0 away at Middlesbrough, with every player on the pitch justifying their inclusion in the side.

One whose place has come under scrutiny in recent weeks is striker Steve Morison, who is yet to score a single goal all season in 15 appearances in the Championship.

Yet his contribution to the team as a whole has deflected from this, and as Leeds keep winning with him playing a part as a lone striker, head coach Neil Redfearn keeps on picking him.

Against Middlesbrough his display was more than justified, with Morison excelling in an area beyond the normal call of duty for a striker.

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The Welshman made 11 clearances as Leeds were pegged back by the home side, a figure which is the highest of any striker in a single game in the Championship this season.

Neil Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire after the game: "If you look at us now, we're a big side. We're a physical side and we can play, and we've got a side now that mirrors this division."

While he will ultimately be judged on goals and not clearances, Morison is clearly contributing to the side, and who knows, a change in position to central defence could one day be a way for him to prolong his career?

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