Focus is a crucial factor in Cambridge United’s winning run, says Joe Dunne

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 February 2018

Cambridge United interim head coach Joe Dunne.

Cambridge United interim head coach Joe Dunne.

Iliffe Media Ltd

U’s unbeaten in four games

Keeping focus on the task in hand has been one of the key factors in Cambridge United’s three-match winning run.

That is the view of interim head coach Joe Dunne as he prepares the U’s for the trip to Accrington Stanley this weekend.

The 1-0 victory over Notts County on Tuesday night, which followed wins over Chesterfield Town and Grimsby Town and stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

And that is on the back of the departure by mutual consent of head coach Shaun Derry.

“The three games and the team itself, it’s about the players,” said Dunne. “We as a staff – losing Shaun it’s been publicly said was a difficult time – just tried to keep the players focused on football.

“That’s what makes them happy and gives them a joy in life, it’s just trying to keep the confidence with the group and it’s about the motivation for the players to go out every day, train well and do what’s best for the club and themselves.”

With the matches coming thick and fast, with four games in 12 days, there has been little down time for the U’s, and Dunne believes that has also been a positive factor.

“One of the key things was to keep it simple for the guys,” he said. “Having so many games in quick succession helps because it’s a quick focus and a quick turnaround.

“I’m not great on dead time; I don’t like dead time for players. I think keeping the mind active and occupied is very important, and that’s what we try to do.

“The facts are there, it’s three wins out of three and it’s great. Our job is to try to continue that, and we are seeing performances and we are seeing some players really step up here.

“It’s what we asked for when the change was made, they’ve always had it in them and it’s important we try to maintain that.”

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