Cambridge United seek to put on show at Swansea City in Carabao Cup
Colin Calderwood is looking for Cambridge United to show the appetite to bounce back from losing their unbeaten start when they travel to Swansea City in the Carabao Cup, second round tonight (Wednesday).
The U’s reward for their penalty shootout win over Championship side Brentford two weeks ago is a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face another Championship opponent, who are currently second.
The Swans have four wins and a draw from their opening five games, while the U’s suffered their first loss of the Sky Bet League Two season last Saturday, a 2-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic.
“It’s an exciting game in a nice arena and we go with a little bit of a bounce, it will be interesting,” said U’s head coach Calderwood.
“They are in fine form and on a nice roll of results, and a very fluid team with good pace in virtually all areas.
“Whenever you go there, being an English team going to Wales, they get behind their team.
“They will have good pace, good dribblers, a structure to the way they play and they don’t change very readily for that. We will have to do something if we think we’re going to make them change their formation.
“We’re going to have an appetite for the game. I’m really looking forward to it after the frustration of the weekend and our league fixture.
“We want to bounce back. The lads have had a nice rest and we will come back to concentrate our week’s work into training, the match and then preparation for Port Vale at the weekend.
“It’s a nice game of football and against tip-top competition and opposition for us. It will be a test but we hope we can develop from the Brentford game.
“We will have to combat fluidity, passing movements and find a little bit of a structure that we can consolidate in the game but also somehow break and create a threat - if we end up having some sort of ambition to score, I think that’s what we’re looking for.”
Calderwood is set to make a number of changes to the U's side, with keeper Callum Burton, Louis John, Reggie Lambe, Jack Roles and George Maris all in line for starting roles.