Morrison targets another start, against Millers
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Clinton Morrison might be in the twilight of his career, at the age of 34, but he still gains inspiration from an even older striker.
Colchester United front-runner Morrison, who scored his first ever goal on his debut for Crystal Palace back in May 1998, has gone on to bag 170 senior goals in a distinguished career.
He has only netted a couple of goals since his move to the U’s from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2012, but he remains convinced that he can add to that tally over the months to come.
Morrison cites the example of former Colchester United striker, Kevin Lisbie, who is currently topping the League One goal-charts with 12 goals for league leaders Leyton Orient.
The 35-year-old chalked up his 12th goal of the season in the O’s 1-0 win over Peterborough last Saturday.
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“I know I can keep playing, and keep contributing,” insisted Morrison.
“I look up to Kevin Lisbie, who is a year older than me. Look what he is doing at Leyton Orient!
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“When you have your confidence, and you have someone who believes in you, then I know for a fact that you will score goals, and I will.
“I’ve done it throughout my career.”
No longer operating as an out-and-out striker, Morrison has adapted well to his new position of playing a withdrawn role behind a front-man.
Having struggled to break into the starting line-up during the first couple of months of the season, he has been thrown back into the fray due to a long list of injuries.
And while fellow front-runners Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears have been nursing injuries, Morrison responded by playing three games in an eight-day period.
“Hopefully I have given the gaffer (Joe Dunne) some food for thought,” said the front man.
“I was man-of-the-match last week (1-1 draw at Shrewsbury), and did well again in the 1-0 win over Peterborough.
“Hopefully I can keep kicking on. I just want to be a part of it.
“There were times I could have gone out on loan this year, but I said ‘no.’ I want to get my head down and get in the team, and hopefully stay there.
“I feel like I’ve come back in and I’m playing well. I’m getting nearer to my best and linking up the play.
“There will be competition for places when everyone comes back. The gaffer has more options.”
Morrison is targeting another start at Rotherham on Saturday.
“My thighs were a bit tight after Saturday, but I’ve had a few days off before we go again against Rotherham. My legs feel good,” explained Morrison.
“I’m playing in a different position now, as a No. 10, when I’ve usually been a No. 9.
“I’m enjoying it and hopefully I can keep going.”