Break could serve Cambridge United well, says head coach Shaun Derry

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 January 2018

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry.

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry.

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U’s seek to continue momentum

Shaun Derry believes that Cambridge United’s mini-break could serve them well in the long-term this season.

The U’s had just started to pick up a head of steam over the Christmas period – earning two wins and two draws from their matches – but Coventry City’s involvement in the FA Cup last weekend meant it was a blank Saturday for Derry’s men.

And although there were mixed blessings with the postponement, the head coach believes the down time will ultimately work in their favour.

“The performance levels were gradually getting better and better, but right at the very end of it where you think about four games in eight days, we had to peel those lads off the pitch at Colchester [on New Year’s Day],” said Derry.

“They were lads who were absolutely shot, and in the dressing room afterwards as much as we were delighted with the points per game ratio, there was a quietness about the group.

“I could tell there and then they needed a break. From one angle, you would say has it [the good run] been stopped in its tracks, and from another angle, hopefully you reap the rewards further down the season.”

The 0-0 draw at Colchester United had followed a 3-3 draw at Notts County, and wins over Barnet (1-0) and Crewe Alexandra (3-1).

“I just thought to have the few days off that we did, gives them an opportunity to reflect on what was a pretty intense Christmas period; a very profitable Christmas period in terms of the points and the performances,” said Derry.

“Hopefully in the long-term, it really benefits us going for the remaining 20-odd games of the season. It was a mini-break really, and hopefully we will reap the rewards further down the line.”

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