Morris: “We Need To Keep The Momentum”

By: Watford FC Staff

Full-back James Morris was pleased Watford Under-23s could return to winning ways against Birmingham City in the Premier League Cup on Tuesday night, with a dominant 4-1 win at Clarence Park.

Morris, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday, captained the side in St Albans, and was able to make valuable attacking contributions, including an assist for Maurizio Pochettino’s first goal.

“To be captain is a great honour and comes with that added leadership but that’s something I’ve wanted to add to my game,” said Morris.

“To get the win was nice and going forward we need to keep the momentum going. We’ve had a few losses in a row so to get that win, we need to keep it going before Christmas.

“A big part of being a full-back nowadays is going forward and I really enjoy that, getting crosses in, so to contribute to a couple of goals, it’s been really good.”

The left-back joined the Hornets from Southampton in the summer and featured for the first team on several occasions during pre-season, including 85 minutes at Vicarage Road against West Bromwich Albion.

The aim is ultimately to play men’s football, but Morris is focused on playing as much as possible and continuing his development at the club.

“From my first day I’ve loved every minute of it, I didn’t come in thinking I’d be in the first team, so to come on after five minutes against West Brom was an amazing experience,” Morris recalled.

“To be around the first team is great for my learning, I’ve really enjoyed it and hopefully I can keep kicking on for the rest of the season.

“I think the goal is to play as much as possible, get gametime and whether in January that’s a loan move or I stay and try to push for the first team we have to wait and see. I just want to keep playing every week doing as much as I can.”

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