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Big Roy - U's must get fired up for the fans
Roy McDonough believes Colchester United ’s players must “go flat out and give the fans value for money”.
And the charismatic U’s legend feels it is up to manager John Ward to put that fire in their bellies, as they aim to record their first win of the season.
Big Roy - who led Colchester to a historic league and cup double in 1992 - is back in town.
He will be at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tomorrow night for a ‘Night with Big Roy’.
McDonough, whose book Red Card Roy is flying off the shelves, will also be at the stadium to watch his struggling former club take on Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
And as they go in search of their first League One victory of the campaign, the former U’s striker believes the club’s fans deserve value for money from their team.
McDonough said: “In this situation, the manager has got to get the whole team pulling together and working as hard as they can.
“The only thing that you can do in this situation is the manager and his assistant roll their sleeves up and get their players to put that extra half a yard in.
“That makes a huge difference in football, across the pitch.
“If for some reason he can’t do that and get that out of his players, he has a major problem.
“If you have two or three lightweights in that team, get rid of them.
“The best thing is to get out there and go flat out and give the fans value for money.
“Even if you struggle for the next month, the fans will stick with you and then they’ll fly up the league.
“Any team with that extra bit of fire in their bellies that has come from their manager goes through the whole of the dressing room.
“If you get that in the building, you’ll never have any trouble.
“You’ll never get relegated and if you have a little bit of luck, you might go further.
“The fans don’t complain if you’ve given 100 per cent - you can be the worst player in the world.
“You have people who work hard every day and pay good money to come and watch.
“As a fan, you want your team to put in a performance so that you get value for money.”
A Night with Big Roy takes place at the Community Stadium tomorrow night, from 7pm.
Admission is priced at either £10, £20 (with book or a Big Roy burger) or £30 (with book and a Big Roy burger).
See Thursday's Gazette for all of the latest Colchester United news, including Karl Duguid's exclusive weekly column.