Cambridge United earn home tie with Leeds United

PUBLISHED: 21:04 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 21:07 05 December 2016

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U’s boss Derry to face former club

Cambridge United have drawn Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup.

The fixture, which will be played on the weekend of January 6 to 9, will see U’s boss Shaun Derry come up against one of his former clubs.

Derry made 71 appearances for Leeds between 2005 and 2008.

The home tie against the Sky Bet Championship club comes as a fitting reward for United, who were ruthless in the way they beat League One side Coventry City on Sunday, when Luke Berry scored all four goals.

It was a display that delighted Derry, who said: “The performance levels have gradually improved and I felt it was a pretty comprehensive win.

“With the greatest of respect to Coventry, we knew they were coming on the back of a tough few weeks and we wanted to impose ourselves both physically and tactically, and I think we got it right.

“When you are playing against a team in a higher division, the expectation from us as a group of coaches to the players is be competitive and I’m not too sure any of us had that kind of view that it would be one of them afternoons where things went so comprehensively our way.

“They are in a higher division and they’ve got some good players and it only takes certain moments of the game where you’re defending a little bit poorly or you’ve not been as ruthless at the other end.

“But I thought we defended really well at certain times, and we were ruthless and I think that’s the clinical nature of the afternoon.

“We knew at half time that Mark (Venus, the Coventry manager) would go in and try to restructure the team for the second half.

“My message was ‘don’t make it a difficult second half’ and I never felt we did that.

“Throughout that second half, there were certain attacking parts of our play which we’ve become accustomed to in these last three or four games.

“I’m really pleased that not only have we done that at League Two but we have done that against a higher opponent.

“So it proves that what we’re working on throughout the week is actually working.”

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