Morris off to thumping start

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JODY MORRIS got his Leeds United career off to a thumping start by sparking a mass punch-up against Burnley, as Peter Reid's men were beaten 4-2 on Sunday.

The former Chelsea man was fortunate not to receive his marching orders after scything down Burnley winger Glen Little just before half-time which incensed the opposition as both sets of players got involved in pushing and shoving, while Clarets stopper Arthur Gnohere threw a punch at England striker Alan Smith.

The incident comes just a week after Morris joined the Elland Road outfit on a free transfer from Chelsea, claiming he wanted to shed his bad boy image that had seen him land himself in trouble with football authorities on numerous occasions throughout his career.

The combative star tried to play down the incident at Turf Moor, saying: "I'm not quite fit or sharp at the moment and I just mistimed the tackle a little bit.

"It's one of these things that happen in football.

"I shook hands with the fella and he was alright. Everyone dived in, but that's team spirit isn't it?"

Boss Reid though was not so forgiving towards Morris or the rest of his players as the loss follows unconvincing draws against Bristol City and York City already this pre-season.

"We were poor today," he said. "You protect your players but you also like to see the desire and the passion and we didn't have that today.

"The players have to take responsibility. Our fans were terrific, but what they saw wasn't good enough.

"If I'd thought we'd had a go, then I wouldn't complain and this is not sour grapes because Burnley deserved it.

"The attitude and the desire were not good enough, although I omit Alan Smith from that.

"There was a lot of international players and experienced players out there, but I didn't see what I wanted to see. I'm glad it wasn't the first game of the season."