Shaun Derry seeking to change Cambridge United’s fortunes

PUBLISHED: 17:33 12 December 2017

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry.

Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry.

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Head coach looking for response from U’s

Shaun Derry has stressed the need of adding to Cambridge United’s attacking options after their travails in front of goal continued at Port Vale.

The U’s were beaten 2-0 at Vale Park in Sky Bet League Two, leaving them with only two goals in their last nine games and without hitting the back of the net on their travels for seven matches.

“I thought we were poor,” said U’s head coach Derry.

“Coming to a team fighting at the bottom end of the table is not going to be easy, of course not. But I’m expecting more than that. The frustration of the fans was there to be heard and I have to recognise that; I’ve got a set of ears.

“It’s affecting everybody at this moment in time but I think the challenge for everybody is to try to stay united.

“It’s a position we’re in where we’ve spoken about the lack of goals but I’m concerned in the manner in which we’ve conceded the goals just before and just after half time.

“And the fact we’ve not been able to have too many chances on goal is a concern to us all.”

After a promising start, United were lacking that bit of ingenuity in the final third. And Derry outlined his determination to fight to turn United’s fortunes, but admitted that he is looking to bolster the ranks in January.

“I thought we had a game-plan to come out of the traps and make it difficult for them, and try to play on the front foot; I thought we did that,” said Derry.

“But we were just lacking that little bit of quality, that creativity in the final third.

“Listen, this could be a record player, I’m saying the same thing again. I think that’s a pivotal moment for us, to try to get to the window as quickly as we can and just liven things up a little bit.

“I think that’s the challenge for the whole football club.

“I’ve got my targets who I would like to bring in, and if we can bring them in I think it will make a difference.

“But up until then, I think some of our players have got to come to the party as well. It’s all well and good a finger being pointed in one direction, and I’m absolutely fine with that, I understand what this job brings.

“The end result is obviously stood there where the manager is and I accept that. But along the way you need people to stand up and be counted and show their own characteristics and that’s something I’ve not seen of late.”

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