You won't change me says Marc

COLCHESTER United left-back Marc Tierney says he won't change his hard-hitting style following his latest suspension.

Stuart Watson

You won't change me

says hard-hitting Marc

By Stuart Watson

COLCHESTER United left-back Marc Tierney says he won't change his hard-hitting style following his latest suspension.

The 24-year-old was forced to sit out the U's 2-1 win over Walsall last Saturday having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the previous match.

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It was a frustrating experience for the shaven-headed Bury-born player who admits to spending the following day pounding the streets of Colchester to get rid of his pent up energy.

However, he has vowed not to change his no-nonsense approach which has rapidly made him a fans' favourite amongst the Weston Home Community Stadium crowd since his free transfer move from Shrewsbury at the start of the year.

“It was great that the lads got another win at home, but I have to admit it was so frustrating watching it from up in the stands,” said Tierney, who was booked five times in 26 games for the U's last season.

“I just wanted to be out there on the pitch and found myself heading every ball and making every tackle. The day after the game I went for a run around Colchester just because I had so much energy to use up.”

He added: “When I play it's almost like I'm a fan with a shirt on. I'll never change the way I play; if the ball is there to be won then I'll go for it 100%.

“But what I am beginning to learn, now that I'm at the ripe old age of 24, is that I've got to try and avoid some of the more needless bookings for off the ball stuff because I don't want to miss games.

“At the end of the day it's my livelihood, this job helps me bring up my family so of course I want to hold on to my position in the team.

“It's great for the manager to have a selection headache, but as a selfish player - as we all are - I want to be playing at all times.

“Matt Lockwood came in and, having been out for a while, he showed great character.

“I know he's going to keep pushing but, as nice as a bloke Matt is, there's no chance I want to give up my spot.

“I'm itching to go at the moment but it won't be a case of going and knocking on the manager's door, I've just got to train hard and try and force his hand.”

Aidy Boothroyd - whose side have conceded just four goals in his nine game unbeaten start as U's boss - now faces the decision whether to recall Tierney straight back into his starting line-up at the expense of Lockwood, the latter having played a solid 60 minutes in his first league appearance since April.

“It was a hostile atmosphere there last year but we got the win and that's what we'll be looking to do again,” said Tierney, looking ahead to Saturday's trip to The New Den.

“They're on a good run themselves so everything is hotting up for it to be a really good game.

“We know what we are going to get from them. They'll go for it right from the start so it might have to be a case of fighting fire with fire. If we can tighten up at the back and keep a clean sheet then we know we've got goals in us.”

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