Fleetwood’s Morris loving match action

Josh Morris
Josh Morris

On-loan midfielder Josh Morris is relishing his creative role as he looks to inspire Fleetwood Town to promotion.

Morris made his first start for Graham Alexander’s side last week at Bury, setting up Antoni Sarcevic for Town’s opener.

And he followed that up with a fine home debut, winning a penalty to help Town on the road to victory over Portsmouth.

“I like it in that midfield position,” said the Preston-born 22-year-old on loan from Blackburn.

“It gives we more freedom than I’d have at full-back.

“I set up one of the goals on Tuesday night, and there were chances on Saturday I was involved in.

“It’s been great to be in that position and I love going forward.

“Obviously it’s important to be strong at the back but I love being part of the attack.

“It’s one of my best attributes. I hope I can contribute for the team in these important games to the end of the season.”

Morris arrived on the day of Town’s 4-0 home reverse at the hands of Plymouth Argyle.

It was an inauspicious start to his time at Highbury.

But as the team’s fortunes have turned, so have the midfielder’s

“It’s taken a few weeks to get into the team,” he said.

“I got the chance on Tuesday night and did enough to stay in the team.

“I enjoyed it at the weekend. It was great to play at home and right now I can’t wait for the next game.”

And it’s a place he’s looking to cement as Town prepare for their trip to Exeter on Saturday, Morris keen to make it back-to-back wins against the struggling Grecians

“We should have won at Bury but we didn’t,” he said.

“But we got a good result at the weekend. It was a great win and we’re well placed.

“There’s no midweek game, and we’ll be raring to go and keep this run going on Saturday at Exeter.”

In the meantime there’s a rare chance for a breather – Fleetwood are without a midweek game for the first time since January.

It’s something everyone in the camp has welcomed, with the possible exception of Morris

“There’s been a lot of games,” he admitted. “Even before I came in, it had been Saturday, Tuesday every week for a long time.

“I think there will be a few people ready for a rest. I’d love to have another game but I know I’ve got to wait.”

Morris’ role in Saturday’s win was crucial, getting a flick-on for the first goal and involved in the set-piece which led to the third.

But it was the 26th-minute penalty decision which turned most heads, Daniel Alfei judged to have pushed Morris.

The midfielder stayed on his feet before the spot-kick was awarded.

He admitted it could have gone either way.

“I felt an arm on my back,” said Morris. “It’s one of those.

“You have them given against you and this time it’s gone in our favour.

“The full-back was the wrong side of me. Maybe he’s just pushed me a little.

“I might have got to the ball first anyway but the referee has made his decision and that is final.”

Creating chances is all well and good, but Morris has eyes on finding the net himself before his loan spell at Highbury is over.

He said: “Goals are my aim. I want to be doing that every game.

“But if I can’t be on the scoresheet I want to be helping the other lads.

“Three points is the most important thing.

“We’ve started scoring at the right time.

“We know that if we keep it tight at the back there’s more than a chance of getting something at the other end.

“Now we need to push on. There’s belief in the dressing room.

“All we have to do is concentrate on winning our own games, nothing anyone else does matters.”