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Cambridge United told to turn home comfort into points in double header

Cambridge United head coach Colin Calderwood
Cambridge United head coach Colin Calderwood

Colin Calderwood wants Cambridge United to press home any advantage they may have at the Abbey Stadium in their next two Sky Bet League Two matches.

The U’s earned a 2-0 win on the road at Grimsby Town last weekend, and have been on a good run of form at home since Calderwood took charge.

They have given themselves breathing space from the bottom two, they are nine points clear of Macclesfield, and face Oldham Athletic at the Abbey on Saturday (March 9) followed by Crewe on Tuesday (March 12).

“It’s certainly helped by three points at the weekend, we’ve got to be pleased with how we played as well,” said the head coach.

“The way the win came with substitutes coming off the bench and contributing goals and being a danger, that all adds to a nice feeling for the week.

“You’ve quickly got to put that aside and although our home form has been reasonably good, we’ve got to make sure it stays reasonably good so you’ve got to go work again and I think that’s something we’ve got to get into their heads a little bit.

“It’s a couple of home games where we must take home advantage, if we have any advantage of being at home.

“We’ve got to take care of these next two games in the best way possible, so really get back to work and focus on this weekend and try against good opponents to get three points.”

The efforts from George Taft and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy at Grimsby marked the first time United had scored two goals on the road in the league since the victory at Swindon Town in October.

And creating and taking chances is something that Calderwood wants to continue in front of their own fans.

“Our job is to try to get three points and try to have a danger in the game,” he said.

“The pleasing thing from last week is that as the game went on we looked as if we missed a couple of chances, but we looked as if we created more than we had away from home.

“We’ve got to make sure we still have that danger at home.

“Use the crowd, no relaxation, we cannot afford to be in any state of thinking of any comfort so we have to get after them and make it an uncomfortable afternoon as we want to do against any team we play against, home or away."

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