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Coupon busters Cambridge United deliver the goods at Grimsby Town

Cambridge United v Southampton, George Taft. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7598177)
Cambridge United v Southampton, George Taft. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7598177)

Colin Calderwood was delighted to see Cambridge United play coupon busters by beating Grimsby Town 2-0 in Sky Bet League Two last Saturday.

The Mariners were unbeaten in their previous five games, while the U’s had only scored one goal in their past eight away matches.

The form was turned on its head though, as George Taft headed in George Maris’ free kick in the 42nd minute, and then Rushian Hepburn-Murphy scored in the 82nd minute after being set up by Jevani Brown.

“We didn’t start so well, but we gradually got better. We kept improving as the game went on I felt,” said U’s head coach Calderwood.

“It was a little bit of a test of personality and character. The goal before half time was a great fillip. If we lose that goal, would you say the first half had been poor?

“You probably wouldn’t but you can’t justify it until you have actually gained something.

“We’ve gained some points so they get the reward of praise which they deserve and we get the reward of feeling good about ourselves because we did a lot of things better than any of the other away games.

“It kept us in it in the beginning and we gradually found a way. I thought we were terrifically brave with the ball on a pitch that was fairly dangerous to play on and we nullified a big threat with their front two and with Elliot Embleton behind, which is a dangerous three.”

Calderwood felt that the U’s were worthy winners, and that it was their best performance on the road during his tenure. But he wants more from the team, including goals from his attacking players.

“We’ll have bust a few coupons, I know that,” said Calderwood.

“I certainly don’t think they underestimated us, I think they knew we’ve always got a threat.

“We’ve got to find goals from Reggie Lambe, David Amoo, Jevani Brown and Jabo Ibehre away from home because lo and behold it’s the defenders who start us off again. Well done them.

“I think when you first come into a club, it’s important to have home performances that show more people what you hope your team is about.

“I want the group to feel they can do away from home what they show at home on occasions, and have a danger because people have respect for the pace that we’ve got in the team and the ability.

“Sometimes, I don’t think we really believe or have enough confidence and that’s obviously shrouded by the season we’re having."

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