Colin Calderwood urges Cambridge United to find their scoring boots on the road
Colin Calderwood has reiterated his belief that Cambridge United have the firepower to end their dismal run on the road.
They slipped to a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Yeovil Town last Saturday, which came hot on the heels of a 2-0 loss at Cheltenham Town the previous Tuesday and has seen them slip back into the relegation scrap.
The U’s have only won three times away all season, and have only scored once on the road in their past eight matches. And a trip to Grimsby Town awaits this Saturday (March 2).
But the U’s head coach has backed his squad to start hitting the back of the net soon.
“The firepower is there in terms of personnel so it’s getting the goals for,” said Calderwood.
“You’ve got to score goals, but we’ve had dangerous moments and we’ve two clear-cut chances and the rest of it could have been better.
“It’s no different to Yeovil’s goal I would say. If the ball rolls to us on the edge of the box and they get blocks when they had to, we missed our opportunities when we had them and then on occasions we didn’t have the numbers in the box.
“All that leads to us not scoring, but I think we’re heading in the right direction in terms of a threat away from home.”
Calderwood was more encouraged by the display at Yeovil, compared to the performance at Cheltenham so can see the positives.
“We’ve had more of a threat, and more of a consistent threat, I’ve got to give them that,” he said. “In the way that they’ve scored the goal, we’ve probably had close to nine or 10 of those moments where we were down the side.
“We’ve had opportunities to make the game level and that would probably have changed it. We’ve had moments to get the first goal and we didn’t take them.
“I’m really disappointed about the goal of course, because it puts us behind and gives them a foothold in the game.
“We’ve missed a great opportunity here. You probably won’t have the dominance that we’ve had with the ball, you won’t have the number of crosses, you won’t have the threat that we looked like we had on occasions that was better than on Tuesday.”
United have been in good form at home, and when asked whether the difficulties on the road are affecting the players, Calderwood said: “No, I don’t think so. It can only be putting pressure on themselves as there is no pressure from the fans, who were exceptional again.
“I don’t feel it’s them thinking that they are not doing well enough.
“I don’t really know what they’re thinking until we sit down and have that type of discussion with them so there is no pressure, there shouldn’t be on them. But of course a tightness comes from not scoring in the last four or five away games and that all adds to what’s happened.”