Callum Burton pleased with Cambridge United clean sheet against Southend United in Sky Bet League Two
Callum Burton was pleased to pocket a third clean sheet in five games for Cambridge United as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Southend United in Sky Bet League Two.
The keeper was disappointed that the U's were unable to capitalise on all of their promotion rivals having matches postponed, but took the positive of a point and another shut-out against the stubborn strugglers.
“You can’t turn your nose at a clean sheet and any point you get but as a team collective we’re disappointed we haven’t won the game,” said Burton.
“We wanted to get at them more, but obviously the conditions with the wind made it difficult in the first half. In the second half, we thought we could go on and get a goal to win the game but it didn’t come.
“Always we aim to go in and keep a clean sheet as we know with Joey, Mulls, Shilow, Knibbsy, we’ve got players that can go and win us a game.
“We just try to keep the team in it as long as we can and today the goal didn’t come but you can never be too annoyed when you’ve got a clean sheet.”
Southend's only attempt on target all game came in the first half, through their keeper Mark Oxley.
His goal kick caught the wind, and Burton had to be on his guard to tip it over the bar.
“It’s one of those that you never want to be put in that situation as a keeper when you’ve got another keeper nearly scoring,” said the U's shot-stopper.
“The pitch was hard and with the wind, we knew the first half was going to be a struggle with long balls coming through and bouncing up.
“I thought we dealt with it really well, and defensively we were solid, it was just the other side of the game where we weren’t quite there.”
Since Dimi Mitov suffered a shoulder injury in the early stages of the 0-0 draw with Bradford City, Burton has come in and kept three clean sheets in five games.
“I want to play as many league games and help the team as much as possible and I think it’s important for a keeper to get more games under your belt,” he said.
“It’s very hard to come in for the odd game or so. To keep in the team more and more, I think only builds on your ability and your concentration more so, the more games you rack up."
The draw with Southend extends United's lead at the top of the table to four points, although their rivals do have games in hand.
Burton added: “I think we’re always disappointed when we don’t win. We know we’ve got the quality and we’ve shown that this season.
“Any game we go into believing that we can win so there are obviously a lot of lads disappointed that we haven’t won, especially as we beat them at their place earlier this year.
“It’s disappointing but we’ve got a good week training now ready for next Saturday’s game.”