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Colin Calderwood looks to take positives from Cambridge United's draw with Newport County in Sky Bet League Two

Cambridge United head coach Colin Calderwood. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge United head coach Colin Calderwood. Picture: Keith Heppell

Colin Calderwood gave credit to both sides as Cambridge United and Newport County cancelled each other out in testing conditions in Sky Bet League Two.

The well-organised and disciplined nature of both teams made sure that clear-cut chances were few and far between in the 0-0 draw.

It means that both the U’s and Newport have two draws from their opening two matches.

“We were resolute in the first half in really awkward conditions,” said U’s head coach Calderwood.

"In the second half, we had moments where we have to judge ourselves on bringing more danger to teams.

“We’ll be hard on ourselves because I thought we played one or two longer ones [passes] which there was no need for on occasions.

“We have to play within the conditions if we can.

“There were opportunities to pass where we were a little bit slack.

“It’s easy when you’re sat on the sideline. I said to them I’ve probably forgotten what it's like to be on the pitch in those conditions and the difficulty they’ve had to deal with.

“They get the credit for that, and we’re grateful for the point. Is it the conditions that stopped us creating more chances? Hopefully it is.”

The bright spots for Calderwood were when they kept the ball on the deck and moved it through the pitch.

Particularly successful in that regard was the left-hand side, where Dan Jones and Luke Hannant combined, and there was a flowing move down the right in the closing stages where either the final ball or bodies in the box were just missing.

“In the moments we have it on the floor, we should keep it on the floor,” said Calderwood.

“The half opportunities or half dangers that we did create were when we had the short passes or the shorter runs.

“It’s really hard to get a long pass and long run in on a day like this.

“The foundation of our game with the players we had on the pitch would have been about moving the ball and using dribbling ability on occasions, and we’ve got rehearse it and be better at it. We will lament our set plays, we didn’t really get into the right area.

He added: “I’ve got to give both teams credit for attempting, in savage conditions, to produce something.

“Listen, a clean sheet, another point, we’ve got to take quite a bit from that as we stood up to the challenge for the majority of the game.”

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