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Cambridge United aim to be entertainers at the Abbey Stadium against Bradford City in Sky Bet League Two

Cambridge United supporters will welcome their team back to the Abbey on the back of three successive wins
Cambridge United supporters will welcome their team back to the Abbey on the back of three successive wins

Giving supporters some more home cheer will be the target for Cambridge United when they host Bradford City at the Abbey Stadium in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (February 15).

The U's have seen a dramatic change of fortunes during the past fortnight.

A run of six defeats in eight games led to the dismissal of head coach Colin Calderwood, but since Mark Bonner has taken on the role in the interim, they have won three matches in a row.

The latest victory was on Tuesday night, when loanees Idris El Mizouni and Paul Mullin struck in a 2-0 triumph over Scunthorpe United.

It means that more of the same will be demanded this weekend.

“We want to keep the momentum we’ve established in the last few weeks going into the weekend," said Bonner. “The key is to try to continue that, understanding how difficult the game is on Saturday but we’ve known that going into the last few games.

“There can be no expectation from us internally that we will just go and do it. The reason we’ve delivered the performances and results we have is because of the application and effort that we have put into those games.

“We will prepare in exactly the same way for this weekend and it is up to the players to go and deliver that performance again. Everyone has been speaking since Tuesday about the excitement of going back home, and playing in front of the home fans after two long away days and two really difficult challenges.

“We’ve come back from those with maximum points and now we get the chance to go and show people how far we’ve come in a short space of time."

Scunthorpe were without a manager on Tuesday night, while Bradford have also recently had a change at the top, with Stuart McCall returning for a third spell in the hotseat.

“All three games have had their own individual elements to them," said Bonner. "We can try to hold firm to some principles that we want to play with in the games, but we have to also respect that every game looks a little bit different.

“Bradford themselves are on a bit of a bounce with a change in manager and will be buoyed by their result on Tuesday night [a 3-1 win over Stevenage] and we need to be ready for that."

With two of their last three wins coming on the road, Bonner is delighted to be back on home ground, hoping to replicate the excitement of the last game at the Abbey, the dramatic 2-1 victory over Colchester United.

“A few hundred fans have seen the last two performances so we need a really boisterous crowd on Saturday to drive us but we need to make sure we drive them with what we give them and show them how far we’ve come," said Bonner.

“There is excitement ahead of Saturday, that’s the emotion of the players looking forward to playing in front of the fans. Fans are looking forward to seeing 'can you back this up?'.

“I think people will get behind us at the weekend, and we want to deliver something that really brightens their weekend."

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