Words of wisdom from U’s stalwart Karl Duguid

JUST under a year ago, Karl Duguid celebrated his first start of the 2011-12 season, and in fact his first start since his return to his beloved Colchester United, with a fantastic brace in a 4-1 win over Bury.

Last Saturday, Duguid’s first start of the new campaign ended in a dismal 4-0 trouncing at league leaders Tranmere Rovers.

The contrast couldn’t be more acute.

Club stalwart Duguid has rattled up 413 league appearances for the U’s, during his two spells, split by a three-year exodus (2008-11) at Plymouth Argyle.

The 34-year-old has certainly experienced all the highs and lows of life as a Colchester player, since making his debut as a raw 17-year-old at Hereford United in 1995.

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Saturday’s dismal second-half display at Prenton Park was one of the major lows, and Duguid recognises that no one’s place in the side is assured for this weekend’s trip to Brentford.

That’s why every training session will be ultra-competitive this week, to catch the eye of dissatisfied manager John Ward.

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“We will all be competing to get into the team this weekend,” explained Duguid.

“We’ve got to bounce back quickly, rather than let it fester. That would be the worst thing, to stay miserable or come in sour-faced because of last weekend.

“We must be bright and ready to go again. It’s down to us as players. We’ve got to keep competing and working hard, as much as we can, to get out of it.

“Of course I was happy to start (at Tranmere). I want to play games, like everyone else does.

“But I think everyone will be trying to show the manager this week what they can do, to get into the team. If you can put a seed into his mind, by training well, then you have a got chance of playing at Brentford, because of what happened at Tranmere.

“Everyone has got a chance of playing this week, every place is up for grabs.

“So it will be very competitive this week, which is a good thing. We might have needed that little kick up the backside,” said Duguid.

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