Morrison frustrated by lack of goals

Looking to find the net - Clinton Morrison, right, says he is desperate to rediscover his goalscoring touch. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-06)

Looking to find the net - Clinton Morrison, right, says he is desperate to rediscover his goalscoring touch. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-06)

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Clinton Morrison admits a goal shortage has left him wondering when he will next find the net for Colchester United.

The experienced striker has hit the target an impressive 172 times during an illustrious playing career.

But the 34-year-old has managed just two goals for the U’s this season and has failed to score since netting in their 3-0 win over Gillingham, in January.

Morrison has relished his role as Colchester’s main forward in the absence of the injured Jabo Ibehre and has started their last three games.

But the U’s suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford City, on Tuesday night.

And the former Republic of Ireland international concedes he is frustrated with his own goal drought, a rare occurrence for a striker who has been prolific throughout his career.

Morrison said: “This hasn’t happened to me in football - it’s only happened at Colchester and it’s hard to take at the moment.

Colchester lie just three points above the bottom four in League One, following the Bradford defeat.

Joe Dunne’s side head to Crawley Town on Saturday, knowing a win will help ease their relegation fears.

“The gaffer has told us to stick together and not to show any frustration,” added Morrison.

“We’ll have more games like the Bradford one throughout our careers and we just have to keep going and try and turn it around, this weekend.

“Crawley’s pitch is probably as bad as ours and it’s going to be bobbly but you have to compete.

“Playing against a John Gregory team will probably be a bit like playing against a Phil Parkinson side.

“It will be a battle but we have to stay in the game and see where we go.”

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a three-page preview of the U's trip to play Crawley Town, see Thursday's Daily Gazette.

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8:55pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

The reason he isn't scoring goals is because he is past it.
The reason he isn't scoring goals is because he is past it. Ontheball
  • Score: 6

12:36am Fri 14 Mar 14

Boris says...

The same thing happened to Teddy Sheringham, and Kem Izzet, and countless others. Just accept it, Clinton, there is no shame in it. The U's can't afford to pay you off, so your place now is on the bench. Let the hungry young men like Macauley Bonne and Sammie Szmodics start each game, and then you come on as sub if required.
The same thing happened to Teddy Sheringham, and Kem Izzet, and countless others. Just accept it, Clinton, there is no shame in it. The U's can't afford to pay you off, so your place now is on the bench. Let the hungry young men like Macauley Bonne and Sammie Szmodics start each game, and then you come on as sub if required. Boris
  • Score: 4

8:46am Fri 14 Mar 14

Fnagster says...

I didn't know he used to be the Republic of Ireland!

Maybe as a former country he's just too big to be able to move effectively!!
I didn't know he used to be the Republic of Ireland! Maybe as a former country he's just too big to be able to move effectively!! Fnagster
  • Score: 1

9:52am Fri 14 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Unfortunately what he has said just isn't true. He didn't score goals for Sheffield Wednesday either which is why they loaned him out before they off loaded him on to us.
Unfortunately what he has said just isn't true. He didn't score goals for Sheffield Wednesday either which is why they loaned him out before they off loaded him on to us. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 1

2:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Swifty Morgan says...

To be fair to him and based on recent performances he gets naff all service just aimless balls pumped up to him where he has no other option other than to try and flick it onto..... err, no-one as we play one up front and he's isolated. His hold up play has been pretty decent of late but how many crosses have been whipped into the box for him to attack from our wingers?
To be fair to him and based on recent performances he gets naff all service just aimless balls pumped up to him where he has no other option other than to try and flick it onto..... err, no-one as we play one up front and he's isolated. His hold up play has been pretty decent of late but how many crosses have been whipped into the box for him to attack from our wingers? Swifty Morgan
  • Score: 2

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