Morrison enjoying Royals chance
Sean Morrison admits he is enjoying his first taste of Premier League football after forcing his way into Reading's starting line-up.
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The 21-year-old had featured in Reading's two Capital One Cup ties this season after a handful of appearances since his move from Swindon in January 2011.
But, despite being part of the rearguard that shipped seven goals in the 7-5 loss to Arsenal, boss Brian McDermott felt Morrison was ready for the Premier League and he took his top-flight bow in the 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers QPR.
He then played in the goalless stalemate against Norwich last weekend, helping McDermott's side to their first clean sheet of the season.
Morrison, who has also spent two spells on loan at Huddersfield, said: "It is exciting, I've waited a long time because I will have been here two years in January, so to get a chance and to play in the Premier League has been fantastic and exciting.
"They have been two important games obviously and we needed to get some points on the board and we took two draws so it is not too bad.
"I just hope now the gaffer has given me the shirt that I can keep it."
The clean sheet against Norwich has been seen as a potential watershed moment in Reading's stuttering season and Morrison is aware the shut-outs must continue.
"That is the only way we are going to stay up in this league is if we are solid at the back and keep as many clean sheets as possible," he said.
"You see the teams that win the league and the teams that are high up are the teams that keep the most clean sheets.
"The lads are going to put the ball in the net at the other end so that is nothing to worry about but we need to keep the clean sheet and I'm sure then we will move straight up the league."
High-flying Everton are the visitors to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow and Morrison is looking forward to challenging himself against a team who currently occupy a Champions League position.
"It is what you want to do as a footballer, isn't it?," he said.
"You want to play against the best players in the country and that is where they are, in the Premier League, and I have got a chance to do that.
"To play against (Nikica) Jelavic and (Marouane) Fellaini is going to be a massive test for me and that is the only way I'm going to see what kind of player I am, playing against the best, so I'm really excited to get out there on Saturday."
Morrison is not surprised by Everton's start to the season and knows just what to expect from the Toffees.
He said: "I've really enjoyed watching them, the few games I've watched them on TV I think they have been fantastic.
"You know what you're getting with a team David Moyes has, they are hard-working, well-organised and play some good football and they have been fantastic for a number of years.
"This season they have got a fantastic start and it is going to be a hard game but all of the boys are looking forward to it."
Morrison's place in McDermott's starting XI could easily come under threat in January if Russian owner Anton Zingarevich signs all of the players he is hoping to attract.
Zingarevich has been reported as saying he is targeting up to 10 new players to establish Reading in the top flight but Morrison is not worried by the speculation.
"Personally I don't really pay much attention to the press and what is going on outside of the football club and what is happening with us," he said.
"Whatever the chairman and manager have got planned for January is up to them and it is just our business to do our stuff on the training pitch and out there playing on a Saturday."