Cambridge City gear up for big final month

PUBLISHED: 07:08 23 March 2017

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

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Huge April awaits for Lilywhites

Robbie Nightingale has faith that Cambridge City can produce a rousing end to the season to retain their Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division status.

City lost 2-0 at Weymouth last weekend to make it three defeats in a row, but there have been areas of encouragement in the displays – it is just goals that are missing.

“The results tell their own story,” said City boss Nightingale. “We’ve not managed to put one in the other end for one reason or another – I can’t put my finger on why.

“When you start well and are on top, that first goal is so crucial. We have to start creating more and taking chances when we’re on top.

“It’s about scoring in those vital times. The teams that do well score that first goal.

“The boys are showing so much desire and passion and it’s just not quite working for us at this moment in time – we just need to work harder in the final third.

“It’s an area we need to improve in and put teams under more pressure.”

It has been a tricky run of games for the Lilywhites though, and it does not get any easier with a trip to Merthyr Town this Saturday.

But the fixture list looks a little more encouraging after that.

“We have a run after Merthyr where we need to pick some serious points up if we’re to stay in this competition, and I have every confidence we can – we’re a group of boys that are good enough to do that,” said Nightingale.

“We just need to show the same hunger, desire and passion that has got us results.

“Confidence and belief is massive in football and if you are five per cent lower then it makes a massive difference. We’re good because you look at the teams we’ve beaten.

“We started behind the game a bit [they were 10 points from safety] and we’ve cut that and we’re mid-table – that’s where we are with this group of players.

“Over the next month, we need to be in the top six or seven bracket of form to get ourselves out of it and I think we can. If you look at the fixtures, they are against teams in and around us.”

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