UK time is: 08:34:25
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Clinton Morrison Comes In For Praise

Clinton Morrison has come in for praise from both Joe Dunne and Jabo Ibehre following a lively role from the bench in Saturday's 2-0 win away at Stevenage.

It has undoubtedly been a challenging season for the experienced striker, who has failed to find the net more than just one dubious goal in the home draw with Sheffield United back in August.

Having started just eleven league games this season and instead finding himself on the bench more often than not, making fourteen substitute appearances, Clinton's time on the pitch has remained fleeting and frustration is to be expected.

However, the former Premier League hitman isn't letting it get to him off the field and he continues to be a massive influence in the dressing room according to his boss and strike partner.

'Clinton has been a key figure in our resurgence,' Dunne told BBC Essex after the win on Saturday. 'Ever since we beat Walsall he has been great in the changing room; he's great with the younger lads and he's been there and done it.'

It has been argued that Morrison has struggled to fit in with the team's set up this season, often appearing isolated as a lone forward and failing to fill the powerful target role that Jabo Ibehre has brought to the side.

The vacancy created by Kayode Odejayi's departure for Rotherham in the summer seemed to remain empty before the arrival of Ibehre, and his signing consigned Morrison to the bench; a frustrating time for a long-time pursuit of John Ward.

But Ibehre reiterates their manager's point about Morrison's influence in the dressing room, also explaining to BBC Essex that his enthusiasm persists.

'Clinton is a great guy and a great ambassador for the game,' revealed Ibehre. 'He lifts everyone's spirits in the dressing room with his chatter.

'He still has a great enthusiasm and hunger for the game, and it's great to be a part of it with him.'

Despite struggling for starts, Dunne continued to highlight the influence that the Republic of Ireland international has had on the U's recent good run of five wins in eight.

He finished: 'He's committed to helping the club move forward and is far from being a mercenary or anything like that; he's been instrumental for us moving forward.'


For the latest U's news and views, follow us on Twitter




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Colchester Dan Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 4 2013

Time: 11:04AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Colchester United Articles

Fans To March Demanding Fairer Prices (Tuesday August 12 2014)

2006 - U's March To The Top (Thursday February 7 2013)

2006 - Parky's Cup Heroes (Monday January 28 2013)

2007 - U's Visit Portman Road (Sunday January 20 2013)

2010 - Lambert's U's Return (Wednesday January 16 2013)

2011 - Late Drama From Gilly (Monday January 14 2013)

1999 - Introducing Lua Lua (Wednesday January 9 2013)

2000 - Lua Lua Steals Late Win (Tuesday January 8 2013)

2006 - Late Layer Road Drama (Wednesday January 2 2013)

U's Earn Daggers Point - Report (Wednesday September 29 2010)

Archived Colchester United Articles

List All Vital Colchester Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Notts County 2 - 1 Colchester
Colchester 2 - 2 Oldham
Bristol City 2 - 1 Colchester

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Sheff Utd 3 1 0 2 -1 3
19. Yeovil 3 1 0 2 -4 3
20. Walsall 3 0 2 1 -1 2
21. Oldham 3 0 2 1 -2 2
22. Colchester 3 0 1 2 -2 1
23. Crewe 3 0 0 3 -5 0
24. Scunthorpe 3 0 0 3 -8 0

Breaking League News

Bradford City v Peterborough United - Preview
Peterborough : 23/08/2014 08:00:00
Rovers to be without midfielder for Barnsley trip
Doncaster : 22/08/2014 21:37:00
City Aim to Get The Ricoh Rocking
Coventry : 22/08/2014 21:20:00
DRFC Quinn departs Rovers
Doncaster : 22/08/2014 20:55:00
DRFC Will Rovers return to winning ways?
Doncaster : 22/08/2014 20:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How will the U's fare this season?
Suggested By:  
Promotion 9%
Play-Offs 7%
Top Ten 24%
Midtable 19%
Survival 10%
Relegation 31%