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Redfearn: Morison was crucial during Leeds United's good run

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The Leeds boss has once again heaped praise on the much-criticised striker.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has once again praised Steve Morison for his exploits for the side earlier this season, according to the club's official AudioBoom channel.

The 31-year-old target man netted his first goal of the Championship season last weekend and Redfearn feels it is something he 'earned.'

More important to the Leeds boss, however, was the role Morison played earlier in the campaign, when the Yorkshire side were getting results.

The striker has repeatedly faced criticism from supporters this season - and understandably considering some performances.

But, during his pre-match press conference, Redfearn told reporters: "I was pleased for Steve. I think he's earned that. He realises he's got to score goals. If you're a striker, you've got to score goals, it's as simple as that.

"But the things he did for our team when we were getting results, he was a real feature of how we played. Steve Morison's got to take a lot of credit for that."

Despite the slack Morison has received from supporters this season, the 31-year-old has kept a level head and, as Redfearn alludes to, finally netted last weekend.

He also hit back at those who may take aim at him, explaining that the criticism has helped drive him to better things this term.

Like the Leeds boss, he was quick to defend his performances during his side's winning run earlier this season. And Morison's stock certainly seems to have risen since his goal - and his frank post-match interview.

Redfearn admits playing two strikers is a possibility against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

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