Cambridge United out to end Swindon Town unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two
Colin Calderwood is conscious of the threat posed to Cambridge United by play-off chasing Swindon Town tomorrow (Good Friday).
The Robins have been inconsistent this season, but are now unbeaten in six, although they have drawn their past three matches.
It means they sit five points adrift of the final play-off place, so a slip-up at the Abbey Stadium would probably end their hopes of getting into the promotion picture.
But they have the fourth best away record in the division, with eight wins and seven draws from their 21 games.
“They’ve certainly got themselves back into promotion contention a little bit,” said U’s head coach Calderwood, a former Swindon Town captain and favourite.
“We’ve got to have them under pressure because we will hopefully get ahead in the game.
“Their threat is obvious with good pace and really well-drilled in the way that they play and we’re going to have our hands full in certain moments of the game.
“As always we’ve got to apply ourselves both offensively and defensively; as much as we talk about being better with the ball and a bigger threat, the foundation of anything will be getting the ball back, especially against the style of Swindon.”
Calderwood believes that the first goal could be vital, and will be imploring his team to get off to a bright start.
That was exactly what happened in the reverse fixture in October as the U’s won 2-0, with the goals coming in the first 12 minutes.
“If we’re ahead in the game, it’s a far different situation for them,” said Calderwood. “To be ahead against a team chasing promotion makes them dangerous because they would have to go a little bit gung-ho and go for it.
“For every way that any team plays, there is the opposite side that you have to go and utilise the weakness in that, and that goes up and down the leagues.
“The perfect scenario is we score first, they chase the game and we counter and score the second.”