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Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner looking to 'play with freedom' in key clash with Forest Green Rovers

Cambridge United lost 2-0 at Forest Green Rovers on December 12
Cambridge United lost 2-0 at Forest Green Rovers on December 12

Forest Green Rovers' visit to the Abbey Stadium on Saturday could have a big say in whether Cambridge United can last the distance in the race for claiming an automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League Two.

But U's head coach Mark Bonner says they will be brimming with excitement rather than nerves and ready to 'play with freedom' in a bid to take three crucial points.

While United's thrilling come-from-behind 4-2 victory at Oldham Athletic on Saturday left them in second place and a point off leaders Cheltenham Town, third-placed Rovers have the same amount of points with two games in hand.

"When we played them last time we saw how good a side they were and (it's) no shock they are where they are," he said. "Should they win their games in hand they will be in an even stronger position.

"We think they've got real attacking qualities in their side, a possession-based side. Mark Cooper's team play good football and some of the stuff they've played this year has been excellent, particularly at home. They're a strong squad, (a) strong team.

"For us to be in and around that same area with 10 games to go is fantastic. It's a really exciting game and we are really looking forward to it.

"We'll have to bring our best game to the pitch on Saturday, but everyone would have taken this situation now. To go into these games with a freedom and an excitement to go and attack it is what we want to do."

A late check will have to be made on the fitness of Harrison Dunk, but aside from long-term absentee Dimitar Mitov in goal, Bonner could have a fully fit squad to select from.

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