Let's win one for George, says Virgo

ADAM Virgo believes that Colchester United owe their manager Geraint Williams a good result, following last weekend's capitulation at Cardiff City.The U's slithered into the relegation zone, on the back of a hefty 4-1 defeat at Ninian Park, coupled with Norwich City's 1-0 home win over Sheffield United.

By Carl Marston

ADAM Virgo believes that Colchester United owe their manager Geraint Williams a good result, following last weekend's capitulation at Cardiff City.

The U's slithered into the relegation zone, on the back of a hefty 4-1 defeat at Ninian Park, coupled with Norwich City's 1-0 home win over Sheffield United.

And it's the fourth-from-bottom Canaries who visit Layer Road tomorrow, for a key Championship clash under the glare of the TV cameras (kick-off 5.20pm).


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Centre-half Virgo is looking for a big response, as the U's bid to record what would be only their second victory in 11 matches.

“The manager (Williams) deserves a win, after what happened to us last week,” insisted Virgo. The U's lost a 1-0 lead in dramatic fashion at Cardiff, conceding four goals in a 17-minute period.

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“It's a big game. Norwich are going well at the moment, with four wins out of five, but we have already proved that we can beat in-form teams. We won at Sheffield Wednesday (2-1) when they were going well.

“Norwich have a lot of good players, and to be honest I can't understand why it's not really ticked for them. But I'm sure they will climb the table and end the season with a flourish.

“However, we've got to look to our own performance. We are not hanging onto leads at the moment, and that's something we must resolve. It's something we have been working on.

“I don't think there will be any extra pressure with us being in the bottom three. There's pressure in football every week, whether you are at the top or at the bottom.

“It's not the situation we want to be in. We know that we are in a dogfight, but we have to take it on the chin and get ourselves out of trouble,” added Virgo.

The versatile Virgo, who can play up front as well as at the back, is on loan from Celtic until the turn of the year. After that, he doesn't know what the future holds.

“The issue hasn't come up yet, and there are a lot of games between now and the end of the year,” explained Virgo.

“I will eventually sit down with the manager, and talk about things, and what we both want. But before then I have to try and help the team to get out of the current situation.

“After the Norwich game, we have other games against opposition who are down there with us, like QPR and Blackpool. We also have Southampton at home.

“The games come thick and fast over the Christmas period, and they are games that we can win,” added Virgo.

Centre-half Virgo was struggling with a neck injury at Cardiff, and was eventually substituted after 76 minutes.

He revealed: “I fell awkwardly and hurt my neck in the first-half. I took some pain killers at half-time, but it was hurting when I tried to head the ball. However, it's fine now and I've trained this week.”

Former Colchester United skipper Scott Fitzgerald, has been named as Millwall's new youth team manager.

Fitzgerald originally joined Gillingham as youth team boss over the summer, following an unsuccessful stint as manager of Brentford last season. The Bees ended up suffering relegation to League Two.

“I've been at Gillingham for four months and I loved it. I did have second thoughts about leaving,” revealed Fitzgerald.

“But I was desperate to coach a team up against the best, and in Millwall's division they play Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham.”

Fitzgerald, now aged 38, played 116 games for the U's as a defender between 2000 and 2004.

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