Cambridge United seek to create a happy Abbey against Carlisle United
U's and Cumbrians bid to create another memorable match
Joe Dunne has called on Cambridge United to produce a performance with aggression and spirit when they host Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (September 8).
There has been little between the teams since the U’s returned to the Football League in 2014, with three wins for United, one for Carlisle and four draws.
The fixture has also thrown up a fair number of goals, including a 4-4 draw in 2015.
“The first thing is they are always super competitive games and we’re going to have to be on it,” said United head coach Dunne.
“I have a lot of respect for the management team there, getting their team playing well at the moment and they’ve had some good results lately.
“First of all we’ve got to match the aggression and spirit, and for sure then match what quality they’ve got. It is a fixture that’s thrown up goals in recent years.
“We’re going to go out and try to win the game at home at the Abbey, so if it throws up goals as long as we win, let’s send everyone home happy.
“We won 1-0 [last week at Stevenage] and kept out first clean sheet last week, so it was a big positive, but it’s the same number of points if you win 5-4. If we can get maximum points on Saturday it will move us into a stronger position in the league, and they will be saying the same thing.
“Points are points and wins are wins but we still want to play in a way that allows us to get the maximum from our players.”
Former Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder John Sheridan took over as manager at Carlisle in the summer, and they have started the season with three wins, one draw and two defeats from their six league games.
“He is a guy who has done wonderful in his career as a player and as a manager so the one thing you know is his teams will be motivated, and we have to be the same,” said Dunne.
“There is no hiding place. My team have to be on it and have to be ready, and that doesn’t mean just for Saturday, it means from yesterday and today and tomorrow – you have to be 100 per cent to play against these teams, no quarter given.”
U’s midfielder Reggie Lambe is on international duty with Bermuda, but otherwise they have strong squad available.
“We’re pretty much the same as we were last week,” added Dunne. “It’s another week along where we can get players into a better fitness shape, ie Greg Taylor and Paul Lewis.”