Joe Dunne hails a “professional performance” as Cambridge United defeat Southampton under-21s

PUBLISHED: 08:51 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 10 October 2018

Cambridge United v Southampton, Ade Azeez. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge United v Southampton, Ade Azeez. Picture: Keith Heppell

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U’s get perfect pick-me-up against young Saints

Joe Dunne praised a professional performance as Cambridge United defeated Southampton under-21s 4-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy, Southern Group B game at the Abbey Stadium.

It was a polished displayed from the U’s against the young Saints, with Ade Azeez firing a hat-trick and Jevani Brown grabbing the other goal.

And it will be the perfect tonic for the U’s ahead of their home clash with MK Dons this Saturday in Sky Bet League Two.

“You can only play in the competition to try to progress and do the best you can and beat what is put in front of you,” said United head coach Dunne.

“I said pre-match it didn’t matter who we were playing, we needed a professional performance, and up and down the country there will be many teams that have done similar.

“We took it deadly serious and the key was that when we had our chances, we took them.

“It doesn’t matter who you play against it, we were a little bit more clinical with our finishing which was pleasing for everybody. It’s a professional performance and a welcome win at the Abbey.”

Azeez had not scored in the previous 11 games, but the hat-trick takes his tally to six for the season.

“I think he has got into good positions and worked extremely hard in games,” said Dunne.

“You’re just hoping that something breaks for him, and he took his chance through some very good play for the goals similar to what we did on Saturday. And what we had on the end of it was a finishing touch.

“Any striker will tell you that goals in every game, no matter what game it is, is important; and he has gone away with the match-ball so congratulations to him. But we need the same again and need more.

“We were clinical, and no matter who that’s against, hopefully it builds confidence for him.”

Dunne is hoping United will carry the form into the game against MK Dons, after last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town in League Two.

“We’ll to try to take this into the league form, that’s for sure,” said Dunne. “Our feet are firmly on the ground here, we know we need to improve our league form but if this helps, and is a step in the right direction, great.”

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