Cambridge United told to trust that they can get the job done against Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two
Cambridge United have been told not to get distracted by outside noises in their quest for promotion against Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow (May 8).
All sorts of permutations have been talked about, with it still possible that the U's could win the title, get automatic promotion or end up in the play-offs.
But the important point is that United just need one point against relegated Grimsby to get promoted.
The Mariners may be heading the wrong way out of League Two, into the National League, but their takeover has been confirmed this week and they are on a good run of form, with just two defeats in their last 14 league games, with five wins and seven draws.
“The big picture stuff won’t affect the players that played last week and that are going to play this week,” said United head coach Mark Bonner of tomorrow's opponents.
“Predicting the team is difficult because you don’t know their intentions in terms of how they’re using the game, and who they want to give games to, and what their weeks look like.
“But what you can guarantee is that they will want to finish the season strong. They will want to not finish the season bottom of the league. Their form has been good in recent weeks.”
However, the match comes down to United making it solely about themselves, including ignoring what else is happening across the division on the day.
“This is where the element of being in the position we’re in is great for us because it becomes about us,” said Bonner.
“We need to not be distracted by the other results in other games and we need to not be obsessed by what mindset they’re in and how they’re going to play.
“If you look at the last two games, Stevenage and Harrogate didn’t play like the game didn’t matter, so we expect that will be the case this weekend.
“Therefore what matters is us, and our performance.
“We are completely in control of our attitude, psychology going in the game, our work ethic, our organisation and our structure.
“We have to fall back on that and trust ourselves that we can get it done.”
The squad have been working this week to make sure that they are not quite as easy to create a chance against as they were in the 5-4 at Harrogate Town, but also carry the same attacking threat.
It is also likely to be the same group of players on duty, with just Dimi Mitov, Leon Davies and Harvey Knibbs on the absentee list.