Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Scary' Warnock Getting Top Value out of Morrison; on the Up: After over a Year in the Doldrums, the Arrival of Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park Has Given Clinton Morrison a New Lease of Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Scary' Warnock Getting Top Value out of Morrison; on the Up: After over a Year in the Doldrums, the Arrival of Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park Has Given Clinton Morrison a New Lease of Life

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CLINTON MORRISON has never been lost for words during his career, butnew Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has already ensured the striker doesmore of his talking on the pitch.

Morrison has always been one of those refreshingly honest players who says whathe thinks rather than avoiding awkward questions and it has got him intotrouble in the past and given him an unfair reputation for being arrogant.

The 28-year-old insists he is now a new man after enduring the worst year ofhis career, when he lost both his place in the Ireland squad and became afringe player at Selhurst Park under previous manager Peter Taylor.

Even the arrival of Warnock in October as Taylor's replacement didn't end hisproblems as he started only one of his first four games, but now he is theclub's in-form player having scored five goals in his last four games.

He said: "I have always been a confident character but I did hit a low over thelast 12 months. It's hard to take when you're not playing.

"But I'm a man now. I have to take the knock-backs on the chin and just keepgoing.

"I am a father to two young children and it has changed me. Obviously I leftthe training ground a few times in the past year disappointed, but I would gohome to my family and they would cheer me up.

"Sometimes I was dropped because it was down to me not playing well or workinghard enough. I'm working much harder now and I'm reaping the rewards, but I'mnot going to get overexcited because I know I could hit a spell where I don'tscore." There is no doubt Warnock has already had a massive influence on bothMorrison and the rest of the team.

The former Sheffield United manager has been in charge for nine games and theyare climbing away from the relegation zone in the Championship after goingunbeaten in the last six, their last defeat coming from Watford back inOctober.

Morrison's goal-scoring run started at home to QPR, who they face again atLoftus Road tonight, where he netted his 100th career goal for the club and hadanother strike ruled out as offside. …

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