Clinton Morrison: Colchester striker reflects on 'worst season'

Colchester United striker Clinton Morrison has promised to strive to keep the club up in order to salvage the "worst season" of his career.

The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international has only started just 11 League One games, scoring once.

"I'll be honest and frank. I don't think I've been anywhere near what I've been capable of this season.

Morrison's last five seasons

  • Colchester 2012-13 (so far): One goal in 28 games
  • Sheff Wed, MK Dons (loan) and Brentford (loan), 2011-12: Six goals in 40 games
  • Sheff Wed, 2010-11: 11 goals in 46 games
  • Coventry, 2009-10: 11 goals in 49 games
  • Coventry, 2008-09: 12 goals in 52 games

"I've got the last 10 games to put it right and keep the club up," Morrison told BBC Essex.

He was brought to the club by former boss John Ward last summer on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday.

However, he fell out of favour after starting the first four league games, but now has a chance to lead the line for Joe Dunne's side - who are three points above the relegation zone - with Jabo Ibehre suspended for three games.

"It's not been the best season for me for whatever reason. It's probably been the worst season I've had in my career," said the former Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Coventry front man.

"I've always scored goals in every season I've played football.

"Under the old manager he had a system with one up front, but I thought we were going to play it into my feet, not into the air. That's not my game. I've not played like that in my career. That's not to make excuses.

"But Jabo's come in and it has suited him because he is a big lad. Fair play to him."