‘Work hard!’ – that’s the message of ex-Colchester United striker Ian Henderson

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Ian Henderson has no magic formula to give to his old team, Colchester United, to make sure that they avoid relegation this season.

But ex-U’s attacker Henderson, who played a key role in Rochdale’s comfortable 4-1 win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last Saturday, did offer a couple of words of advice –“work hard!”

And those words should be ringing in the ears of Tony Humes’ men, as they gear themselves up for a crunch Christmas period.

The stark reality is that if the U’s don’t improve, in terms of work-rate and application, during their final three games of 2014, then the relegation trap door will be wide open.

Henderson refused to be drawn on a precise answer to the question of whether he thought his old club Colchester would stay up this season – which is perhaps telling – but he did give some advice.

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“I’ve not really got much to say on that (U’s chances of staying up), other than to wish Colchester the very best,” explained Henderson, who scored one and hit the woodwork twice in Dale’s big win at the Community Stadium.

“I’ve still got people I know here. I know the likes of Tony Humes (manager), Richard Hall (assistant) and Robbie Cowling (owner), and I wish them all the best.

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“I had three good years here, and I’d love them to stay up.

“I’d like to see Colchester stay in the league, but it’s going to take hard work,” confirmed Henderson.”

The U’s return to action with a relegation showdown at fourth-from-bottom Yeovil Town this Saturday.

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