Joe Dunne wants to see Cambridge United take positivity into Northampton Town clash

PUBLISHED: 18:54 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:54 16 August 2018

Cambridge United head coach Joe Dunne.

Cambridge United head coach Joe Dunne.

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U’s get ready for trip to Sixfields

Joe Dunne has tipped Cambridge United to be energised for their trip to Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (August 18).

The U’s will be looking to get the 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Newport County on Tuesday night out of their systems, and produce a similar performance to the one which saw them beat Notts County 3-2 at the Abbey Stadium last Saturday.

They head to Sixfields with an impressive record in recent times, but head coach Dunne said: “We know it’s always a difficult place to go, with the competitiveness of the game.

“We’re looking forward to going there up against top opposition who are expected to be one of the main contenders for promotion this year.

“You look at their squad, it’s a very healthy, competitive squad but we will go there and do the best we can.”

Northampton were relegated from League One last season, and have started this campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Lincoln City and a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United.

“I suppose getting going again, you want to hit the ground running and get your season off to a good start,” said Dunne.

“It’s only the third league game of the season when we go there and perspective is needed. It’s a long season, but we need to look after and keep everybody motivated to go to Sixfields.

“It’s a game we want, and it’s a great opportunity for us to go there and respond.”

With a number of players on their way back from injury lay-offs, Dunne will have more options at his disposal.

“We have a healthier looking squad now, we’re getting people back and we will have a better squad going into a Saturday game with people who are being part of what we do here,” he said.

“I look forward with positivity and get that message across to the players, because when we’re a positive group we do well. And we will continue to hopefully do it.

“We’re determined for Sixfields. We know we’re going to have a big following behind the goal, and this morning, motivated, training was up a notch.

“But that’s this team. They didn’t go out on Tuesday night to purposefully lose the game; I said to them after the game, we’re a good group, an honest group.

“A group that was under a bit of strain, and to be fair to them they are doing the best they can, but we’ve put ourselves in a position now where we can hopefully do a bit more.

“We want to go to Northampton and be energised and ready to go.”

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