Shaun Derry primes Cambridge United for ‘big game’ at Luton Town

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 January 2017

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry

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U’s aim to preserve form on the road

Shaun Derry has predicted “an interesting afternoon” when Cambridge United travel to Luton Town tomorrow (Saturday, January 28).

United’s eight-match unbeaten run was brought to an end last weekend with a 3-1 home defeat to Mansfield Town, as Luton were held to a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

And while four positions may separate the two teams, only three points divide the two clubs.

“It’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for Luton,” said U’s boss Derry. “Last year away when we drew 0-0 we thought we played well in Nathan’s (Jones) first game, and it was harsh we didn’t get three points on the day.

“And obviously the 3-0 earlier on in the season was a tough pill to swallow because for 60 minutes I felt we were the best team and then Nathan’s team came out on top at the end so that hurt.

“We have to take one game at a time, and this is the next game and it’s an important one.

“We will be taking a large number of travelling fans, as we always do, and it’s something to look forward to.

“I think both clubs are in good positions. I think Nathan will be happy with his season so far and I’m content with our season as well.

“And obviously throw into the equation the recent history of these games, it does set us up for an interesting afternoon.

“You just hope that both teams can go out there and do themselves justice. I want us to go there and take a game plan that allows us to play to full maximum on the day, and more often than not our players have been able to do that.”

While United’s overall unbeaten run may be at an end, their eye-catching away record remains intact – the last time they lost on the road in the League was at Plymouth on September 10.

“Our away form has been impressive, of course it has,” said Derry. “It’s something that we’re very proud of, just like the eight-game unbeaten run that sadly came to a run last weekend – we were proud of that as well.

“You take your hits when they come, we took one last Saturday. I think the biggest difficulty for us was the manner of the goals we conceded, I wouldn’t say so much the level of performance.

“I think we will play worse than that and see a win, but for us last week it was the manner of the goals we conceded so that’s something we spoke about.”

Meanwhile, Blair Adams has signed for Hamilton Academicals on an 18-month deal.

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