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Colin Calderwood rues Cambridge United defeat to Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two

Colin Calderwood gave a frank assessment of Cambridge United's defeat to Oldham
Colin Calderwood gave a frank assessment of Cambridge United's defeat to Oldham

Colin Calderwood gave a frank assessment of a disappointing defeat for Cambridge United at home to Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two.

The U’s were in control of the game from start to finish, but their five-game unbeaten start to the season was brought to an end.

Urko Vera had given Oldham the lead in the first half, only for Marc Richards to draw the U’s level before the break. But David Wheater rose to head home unopposed in the 66th minute to give the Latics a 2-1 win.

U’s head coach Calderwood was brutally honest about a game which his side really should not have lost.

“We were on a nice run and on the up, and I think in the first half you could see the confidence in us,” he said.

“In the difficult situations, some of the things we do, look as if they're not too clever.

“We have absolutely given a game away that we can’t get beat in.

“We might not win, but you can’t get beat to a team that only offers a threat on the counter and then at their set play.

“It was really terrible defending from the set play for the second goal and then it was a stubborn defence [from Oldham].

“In the moments in the second half when there was a bit of rhythm and tempo, it was hard to keep that energy level and they kept slowing the game down pretty well.

“We lacked real intelligence in moments. The ball went across the back too much, we missed chances to play wide and when it did, we missed chances to promote the ball forward which was the way the first goal came and most of our chances came.

“We played central into people who are good defenders and can play against a man, a ball and a system.

“We’ve got to be brighter and cleverer to manoeuvre the ball and then play the passes that go in behind them from a shorter area.

“It’s entirely our own fault. One or two moments in performances are not good enough today.”

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