Cambridge United run to be put to the test by Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 10:05 30 December 2016

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry talks to the media after the win over Stevenage.

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry talks to the media after the win over Stevenage.

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U’s seeking to stretch unbeaten record to eight games

Cambridge United will put their excellent away record under scrutiny at Leyton Orient tomorrow (Saturday, December 31) in Sky Bet League Two.

Shaun Derry’s side have won six and drawn one of their last seven league games on the road, a record that stretches back to the visit to Plymouth in September.

And it is a run that has helped them shoot up the table and into the play-off spaces.

Meanwhile, the O’s lost nine of their first 10 home games, but since Andy Edwards was put in charge in November until the end of the season, they have beaten Accrington Stanley and Crawley at Brisbane Road.

“It’s a record that at this moment in time we’re very proud of,” said U’s boss Derry. “It’s something that we don’t want to give away, but we also know that there is another change of the guard at Leyton Orient and Andy’s got his own kind of thoughts on the way that his team is going to play.

“They had a really good win themselves on Boxing Day and we know that it’s going to be a really difficult game on New Year’s Eve.

“Where we are at this moment in time is a fantastic position, of course it is, but it’s still only halfway through the season so far.

“We’re very much looking forward to it, we’re going to go to Leyton Orient clearly high in confidence.

“For where we are at this moment in time, I’m delighted. But I have to stress that it’s not a case of getting carried away.

“We’re playing against a really big football club at League Two level on New Year’s Eve, and they’re going to have a different outlook on the second part of their season, knowing that they’ve got somebody there who represents what type of club it is in terms of the management, so we know it is going to be a difficult day.

“They’ve backed up a home win against Accrington with a home win against Crawley so they will be arriving on New Year’s Eve with that confidence to take it forward.

“But we have to make sure we concentrate on ourselves. We have to make sure that we don’t get carried away with anything good, bad or indifferent – we’ve not shown any signs of doing that up to now so I don’t see that’s going to change.

“It has to be fully focussing on that level again. Over this Christmas period, I’ve asked the boys to make the sacrifices and make sure the sacrifices are well and truly made.

“And we will be asking the same for the next couple of games.”

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