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Morrell: I’ll Wait My Turn

Midfielder prepared to bide his time for starting berth

20 September 2022

Joe Morrell
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Joe Morrell made an important contribution from the bench at the weekend to help Pompey continue their unbeaten start to the League One season.

And the midfielder will not be moaning about having to remain patient if the side continue to impress.

He came on for the injured Tom Lowery during the first half of Saturday’s draw with Plymouth and provided the assist for Reeco Hackett’s stoppage-time leveller.

It ensured the Blues stayed second in the standings after nine matches and Morrell hopes they can maintain that form.

He said: “I haven’t played as much after undergoing surgery around five weeks ago and then I needed an injection last Wednesday.

“So I felt a little bit rusty and stiff on Saturday, but I’ll never complain about being out there on the pitch.

“You would always like to be playing every game, although I won’t be banging on the manager’s door when the boys have been doing as well as they have.

"If I’m on that open-top bus come the end of the campaign, then it won’t matter if I didn’t start the first few games."

Joe Morrell

“I want to be at a successful football club and obviously we’ve made a really consistent start to this season.

“If I’m on that open-top bus come the end of the campaign, then it won’t matter if I didn’t start the first few games.

“When you come back from injury it’s all about waiting your turn and taking the chances when they come.”

Morrell has now headed off on international duty with Wales, as they continue their World Cup preparations with a couple of Nations League matches.

The 25-year-old said: “It’s going to be a massive year for us and I think that’s going to creep up pretty quickly now.

“It’s always a honour for me to go away with my country and we’ve got two important games against Belgium and Poland.

“The collective effort is more important than any individual success and we’ve shown that in recent years with the relative success we’ve had.

“It’s similar to that at Pompey. We’re getting something special here and the dressing room has come on leaps and bounds.”

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