Cambridge United bid to extend unbeaten run when they face Luton Town
U's head to Kenilworth Road in fine form
Shaun Derry has set Cambridge United the target of continuing their five-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two when they make the trip to Luton Town tomorrow (November 18).
There has been no respite for the U’s as the fixtures have come thick and fast, but they have been producing the goods.
And after three matches in seven days last week, it has been a little quieter this week ahead of the trip to Kenilworth Road.
“I think it’s been a good month for us,” said U’s head coach Derry. “We’ve had a lot of hard games, last week was tough with the schedule but I’ve enjoyed it and so have the players.
“I think we’re doing ourselves justice in terms of the performances that we’re putting in and it’s still early in the season as yet, with still two thirds to play, and we’re two points out of the play-offs.
“We spoke about the importance of trying to get as much time on the training field and obviously trying to recover from the previous games, and we’ve done that.
“It’s been a good blend and we look forward to Saturday as it’s always an interesting occasion when you come up against one of your local rivals.”
While United are two points off the play-offs, much-fancied Luton are two points off the automatic promotion places.
“They are big games and Luton are a standout team in our division,” said Derry.
“They’ve got massive hopes to get out of League Two, and Nathan [Jones, the Luton manager] has got a very good team there.
“So we know they will be a problem, but as always I think we can be competitive and give Luton a good game.
“In the past three games against them we’ve been on the opposite side of the score line to what we would have liked which has caused us problems, but we go into the game full of confidence.”
And Derry is anticipating that Luton will be there or thereabout come the final reckoning in May, having missed out in the play-offs last year.
“I would expect them to be top of the table come May, if I’m honest; I think so would Nathan,” said Derry.
“They are a team that I thought would get promoted last year, so I’m sure their agenda will be taking all their hurt and frustration from not getting into League One last year and trying to demonstrate their prowess this year.
“I think everyone is aware of Luton. Nathan has gone on record many times to say that he feels that his is the standout team, and I think everyone shares that sentiment.”