Karl and Clin­ton given fond farewells

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beardmore To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

COLCH­ESTER boss Joe Dunne was re­lieved his side could bid farewell to vet­eran stars Karl Duguid and Clin­ton Mor­ri­son with rel­e­ga­tion fears put to bed fol­low­ing vic­tory at Wal­sall.

The U’s were all but math­e­mat­i­cally safe be­fore­hand but sur­vival was rub­ber-stamped when Wal­sall’s James Cham­bers’ clear­ance hit Craig East­mond and flew into the net.

It was a freak goal but that mat­tered lit­tle to boss Dunne as U’s leg­end Duguid, re­tir­ing af­ter 476 ap­pear­ances, and de­part­ing striker Mor­ri­son en­joyed happy swan­songs.

Both were un­able to mark their fi­nal ap­pear­ances with a goal but Mor­ri­son did the next best thing, a late goal-line clear­ance.

And Dunne said: “All sea­son we’ve played well and come away from games with noth­ing. If that word ‘luck’ wants to ap­pear on the last day of the sea­son so be it.

“Clin­ton has been very un­lucky for us – he was ask­ing at the end why he couldn’t score a goal like Craig’s. But I said to him that what he did at the end there was just as good as scor­ing a goal.

“He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever worked with and we wish him the very best of luck.

“Karl had the card out last night for the tim­ing of the sub­sti­tu­tions so he was al­ways go­ing to play the last 20 min­utes. But we’re de­lighted he played as he’s been a fan- tas­tic ser­vant to the club. We’ve had a pos­i­tive start to the sea­son, a pos­i­tive mid-sea­son and a pos­i­tive end.”

Colch­ester’s Sam Walker was the busier of the two keep­ers in the first half but op­po­site num­ber Richard O’Don­nell pro­duced the best stop to turn aside Gavin Massey’s curler.

Af­ter the break, Walker bril­liantly tipped Adam Cham­bers’ near-post drive wide be­fore East­mond’s slice of luck won it for Colch­ester. Wal­sall al­most res­cued a point but Walker pro­duced an ex­cel­lent block to foil Andy But­ler and Amadou Bakayoko’s strike was cleared off the line by Mor­ri­son.

No League One side has scored fewer goals at home this sea­son – 21 – and that is Wal­sall boss Dean Smith’s sum­mer pri­or­ity.

He said: “This re­sult cul­mi­nates an in­cred­i­ble last six weeks where we’ve dom­i­nated games but failed to kill teams off – and it was such a bizarre goal for them to score.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to next sea­son. I have been for the last few weeks and we know what we need to re­cruit.

“We’ve got funds that we can use to go and re­cruit for next sea­son and hope­fully mount an­other chal­lenge.”

STAR MAN SAM WALKE

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