Fringe players urged to take chances at Cambridge United
PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 October 2017
Iliffe Media Ltd
U’s told to seize their moments
Shaun Derry has challenged Cambridge United squad to put greater pressure on the current first team.
The head coach has been fairly consistent in his selections so far this Sky Bet League Two season, with the same 13 to 14 featuring most weeks.
Other members of the squad were given the chance to impress in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, but the U’s ended up being beaten 1-0 by Southampton under-21s.
And Derry is looking to see an increase in competition for places.
“We’ve got a strong XI and there are 13 or 14 people there who would perhaps class themselves within the XI at this moment in time, because they’ve all pulled on the shirt in the first team,” said Derry.
“There are perhaps five or six others who just need to step up a little bit and take their opportunities when they come.
“The Bristol Rovers game [in the Carabao Cup], the Northampton game and the Southampton game on Tuesday night [both in the Checkatrade Trophy], and thrown in with a Peterborough United reserve game, and we played Leyton Orient; there are enough opportunities for everybody to make their mark on me, basically.
“To cut to the long and short of it all, they have to make the best impression on me because I’m the one who has to pick the team.”
And he added: “There are one or two on Tuesday night who I thought could have just shown a little bit more.”