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BBC reporter says he’s ‘really down’ after ‘hardest day of my career’ when Sutton United manager Steve Morison dismissed his questions in ‘unfriendly’ interview, with team bottom of the EFL

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Sutton United manager Steve Morison took out his frustration on a BBC reporter after his side’s League Two match against Colchester United on Saturday.

Sutton drew the match 1–1 against their relegation rivals, but missed a golden opportunity to secure the crucial three points when Harry Smith saw his late penalty saved by American stopper Owen Goodman.

The result left Sutton bottom of League Two and seven points off safety, while it also meant Morison had yet to win nine games since taking over as manager in January.

And speaking to reporters after the match, the former Norwich City and Leeds striker was particularly prickly with BBC London reporter Ahmed Nur.

After being asked about his thoughts on the game, Morison initially said: “I’m proud of the players. They are committed to the football club with heart and soul and that is all you can ask for. We could have stood here and won the game 2-1, but it’s a shame we didn’t do that.’

Steve Morison took out his frustration on a reporter after Sutton United’s draw against Colchester

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BBC London’s Ahmed Nur was on the receiving end of the former Norwich striker’s ire

The Sutton boss was particularly prickly, claiming the line of questioning was 'really weird'

The Sutton boss was particularly prickly, claiming the line of questioning was ‘really weird’

Transcript of Morison’s sharp interview

BBC reporter – ‘You created many chances in this match and gave Colchester a real battle. But in the end you were unlucky with two key moments? The free space of the line and Harry’s penalty miss. Was there a decision behind taking a penalty for Harry?

Morison – ‘No, that’s a very random question. Anyone could have taken them. Harry raised his hand and took the penalty and yeah, I don’t really understand the question but either way it’s fine so let’s move on.’

BBC reporter – ‘Can you have something else?

Morison – ‘Yes, put the ball in the back of the net.’

BBC reporter – ‘Any more than that?’

Morison: ‘Yes, put it in the back of the net twice. Not really.’

BBC reporter: ‘Defensively, it is now twelve games without a clean sheet. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to keep the goals out. With this clean sheet problem, can you figure out a way to stop teams from scoring?

Morison: ‘Um, um, yes. Stop conceding goals. I’m not going to tell you what we do on the training pitch. So yeah, stop conceding goals. To be honest, mate, the line of questions is really weird and I don’t really understand it.

I don’t really understand what you’re trying to achieve. Harry Smith stepped up and took the penalty. He missed, that’s life. That’s what happens: no winning, no losing. If I could stop people from scoring goals I would be manager of the best club in the world because I think everyone concedes goals and yeah, I don’t know what you want me to say.

BBC reporter: ‘Finally Tuesday…’

Morison: ‘Yes, we have to win…’

Nur then emphasized that Sutton was sorry to miss out on the win and asked if there was a specific reason why Smith took the penalty.

Morison snapped back, “No, that’s a very random question. Anyone could have taken them. Harry raised his hand and took the penalty and yeah, I don’t really understand the question, but anyway, it’s fine, so let’s move on.’

Nur then asked Morison if his side could have done anything differently in the match.

Morison said: ‘Yes, put the ball in the back of the net,’ before adding when pressed: ‘Yes, put it in the back of the net twice. Not really.’

Nur highlighted that it had now been 12 games for Sutton without keeping a clean sheet and asked the Yellows boss if he was confident of strengthening his side’s defence.

Morison simply replied, “Uh, uh, yeah. Stop conceding goals. I’m not going to tell you what we do on the training pitch. So yeah, stop conceding goals.

“To be honest, mate, the line of questions is really weird and I don’t really understand it. I don’t really understand what you’re trying to achieve.

‘Harry Smith stepped up and took the penalty. He missed, that’s life. That happens, (if you) don’t win, don’t lose.

‘If I could stop people from scoring goals I would be manager of the best club in the world because I think everyone concedes goals and yeah, I don’t know what you want me to say.’

Nur kept his composure and shifted the focus of the interview to Tuesday’s league match at Notts County.

Morison interrupted Nur halfway through his question and said, “Yes, we have to win.”

BBC London’s reporting then went back to the studio, who asked Nur if everything was okay, with the reporter replying: ‘That was very difficult, I’ll be very honest with you. That was really difficult.

“As for Steve’s expression, I wish you could see it. He clearly didn’t want to talk to anyone. I don’t think he gave a friendly response to the club’s media either.

“Honestly, it doesn’t look good. That’s not just because of Steve Morison. I have a lot of respect for him and I understand that it is a tough job and that he has a lot to do.

Nur went to X on Saturday to reflect on the incident and admitted he was feeling 'very low'

Nur went to X on Saturday to reflect on the incident and admitted he was feeling ‘very low’

“But that was one of the hardest post-match interviews I’ve had to do in my career. That was definitely one of the hardest, especially at Sutton.”

Later that evening, Nur also went to X to reflect on the incident, saying, “That was the hardest day of my professional broadcasting career.

‘I have never been treated or spoken to like this by a manger. I appreciate that things don’t always go according to plan, i.e. with results, but there is no need to take it out on me. Then really down.’