Colin Calderwood rues the luck of Andrew Dallas in bid to open Cambridge United account
Andrew Dallas is being willed on by the rest of the Cambridge United squad to open his goalscoring account for the season.
The 20-year-old striker showed plenty of promise in the EFL Trophy defeat to Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
The summer signing from Glasgow Rangers had the ball in the back of the net in the first half, but the strike was ruled out for a foul on Cobblers’ keeper Andrew Fisher.
He then got into a number of promising positions late in the game, first firing over the bar when well-placed and then being thwarted by Fisher.
U’s head coach Colin Calderwood rued the fortunes of Dallas, who also managed to block Harrison Dunk’s goalwards rebound in the second half, but feels that his natural game is starting to come to the fore.
“I’m sure he feels luck is really going against him, which is probably typified by Harrison Dunk’s effort that he clears off the line,” said Calderwood.
“It summarises a little bit of his misfortune at the minute.
“He is trying so hard to make himself the team player that we want, but I think he is taking away from what he is good at which is facing and running forward, and dribbling and getting the breaks of the ball.
“You could see that developing in the second half.
“No-one will be more delighted than the rest of the group when he gets his first goal, and I’m sure that will come.”
Sam Smith sets the standard for Dallas, as the U’s striker is in a rich vein of form after finally breaking his duck.
And Calderwood feels that Dallas was particularly hard done by to have his strike ruled out against Northampton.
“He put the ball in the net in the first half and on video evidence it’s a clumsy decision by the officials not to give the goal,” said the head coach.
“Andy hasn’t touched him. The goalkeeper hasn’t got the ball under control, he has turned himself in the air to avoid contact from a defender or even Andy, but there is no contact and when the ball dropped he put it in with accomplish.
“He must have run over a cat somewhere!”