Miserly role at Cambridge United suits Leon Legge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 December 2017

Cambridge United's Leon Legge.

Cambridge United's Leon Legge.

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U’s building impressive clean sheet record

Leon Legge takes great pride in Cambridge United’s defensive record – with last season’s clean sheet record already within touching distance.

As is the case in wider society, it has become easier for people to dwell on the negatives – in this case the U’s battle for goals – rather than accentuate the positives; their 11 clean sheets in all competitions and 10 in the league – the best in the division.

Legge, Greg Taylor, Brad Halliday and latterly Jake Carroll have provided a consistent base for the team in defence with their latest shut-out being the 1-0 win over Stevenage.

Captain Legge said: “It’s nice as a defender, it’s what you want really. You want to keep your clean sheets and it’s 11 now.

“It’s a strong back-line at the moment, we’ve played with each other for a few consecutive games now and we want to keep that going. And hopefully the strikers can deliver the goals.

“Definitely, you have a target really of how many clean sheets and if you can chip in with goals from set pieces as well, it’s good for us.

“Last year we had 14 clean sheets, and we’re on 11 now so we’re close to last season, but we don’t really set out saying ‘this is how many we want’.

“You try to get double figures, because if you look at any side that has aspirations of going forward you have to have a solid base at the back and try to get as many as you can really.”

And Legge had praise for goalkeeper David Forde who has had a key role in that record, making three vital saves in the victory over Stevenage.

“He does it every week so it’s not even a surprise, it’s just normal for him,” said Legge.

“He’s a great addition to the squad and his experience helps out the back four.

“And when he’s pulling off saves like that, no wonder he keeps so many clean sheets.”

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