Colin Calderwood wants Cambridge United to find another level against Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two
Colin Calderwood is calling on Cambridge United to produce the goods over the Easter weekend to see them over the line to Sky Bet League Two safety.
The U’s are eight points clear of the relegation zone with four matches remaining, so one more win would more than likely see them mathematically safe - dependent on other results.
First up are Swindon Town at the Abbey Stadium on Good Friday (kick off 3pm), followed by a trip to Forest Green Rovers on Easter Monday (kick off 3pm).
The U’s last win at home was against Port Vale on February 9, and they have had five subsequent matches on their own turf which has seen three draws and defeats in their last two - against Colchester (1-0) and last weekend against Newport County (3-0).
"We’ve tried to get the gap bigger in previous weeks but we haven’t been able to for various reasons so we need a couple of good performances," said head coach Calderwood.
“We need something better and different at home as we’ve got to improve what we’ve produced at home in terms of enough credentials to honestly say we deserved to get something from the game.
“The last two I think the opposition have played better than us. Early goals have had a real influence on the game.
“We have to be incredibly honest with ourselves and say we didn’t deserve too much more from either game. Heartbreaking as it was against Colchester (a stoppage time goal), the result was a true reflection of the game.
“Against Newport we never really probed them enough. It was really hope in the second half that we got a break and did something in the moment that would give us the chance to chase a game towards the end. We never did that.
“All the time you keep saying ifs, buts and maybes, I think you’ve got to be honest with ourselves and say we have to drive ourselves to a bigger level, a higher level, a better level.”
The U’s have two matches at home and two matches away to complete the season, and three of the sides they face have still got something to fight for.
But the first focus is Swindon, and Calderwood believes their style of play may be more akin to Bury, who the U’s beat, or Carlisle, who they drew with.
“We’ve got to produce a bigger threat at home,” he said. “It’s a different style of team that will pose different problems more akin to a Carlisle or Bury.
“We’ve got to hope that we can be in the game certainly longer, but it’s not about being in the game, we’ve got to go and win.
“I think the style of attack that Newport had with the big striker, and the way they played in (to the box), and Colchester a little bit similar; Swindon, Bury and Carlisle are not exactly the same but in a mould of the same way with their movement
“I don’t think it makes it any easier. It’s just a different style - do you turn left or do you turn right. You’ve to stop them and you’ve got to stop them in different ways.
“The way that Newport played against us was absolutely perfect for them and really hurt us so it was very effective.
“In moments, Bury and Carlisle could have been out of sight against us so we have to address problems we got in those games better than we did even though they were more positive results.”