Tussle of the temporary bosses as Cambridge United take on Grimsby Town

PUBLISHED: 07:05 16 February 2018

Cambridge United v Grimsby Town

Cambridge United v Grimsby Town


U’s and Mariners ready to go head to head at the Abbey

It will be the battle of the interim bosses when Cambridge United host Grimsby Town at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow (Saturday, February 17) in Sky Bet League Two.

Joe Dunne is in charge of the U’s after Shaun Derry left by mutual consent last Friday, while Paul Wilkinson is temporarily at the helm of Grimsby after Russell Slade was sacked on Saturday after 12 matches without a win.

The U’s will go into the match in a confident mood as their home form has been good this season, and they will be even more buoyant after their stoppage-time victory over Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

“It’s been positive home form this season, which is great credit to us all,” said Dunne.

“The Abbey has been a place where we’ve shown some good performances, had some good wins and picked up some positive points; and sometimes draws are positive points also if they are taken in the right context.

“Saturday presents another opportunity for that, but it’s a unique game in a way of the one-off situation that both teams find themselves in.

“We can’t control what Grimsby do in terms of their preparation for the game, we can only look at what we do and try to go out there to give the best performance that we can to take maximum points, and that’s all our focus is on.

“We’re already looking at the analysis side of things and we’ve looked at the players, but it’s about us and what we do.

“It’s about trying to continue the energy we had at the end of the other evening to take into Saturday.”

But Dunne is cautious of the bounce effect that a new man in charge might have on Grimsby, especially after the U’s own exploits on Tuesday night in his first game at the helm.

“In a way, the boot is on the other foot now,” he said. “We’ve had our game, now they have their game coming up with the change.

“We have to deal and react to that, but we will control what we do and worry about ourselves and our preparation.

“It’s just a unique situation for both teams to find themselves in.”

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