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Colin Calderwood wants to see Cambridge United maintain good start to Sky Bet League Two season when they face Oldham Athletic

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jack Roles made an impressive debut for Cambridge United against Scunthorpe United. Picture: Keith Heppell
Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jack Roles made an impressive debut for Cambridge United against Scunthorpe United. Picture: Keith Heppell

Colin Calderwood wants Cambridge United to underline their good start to the season by extending their unbeaten run with a third successive win in Sky Bet League Two.

Oldham Athletic are the visitors to the Abbey Stadium on Saturday (August 24), and the U’s head coach wants to see his side back up their thrilling 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

Two goals from Paul Lewis and an effort on his full debut from Harvey Knibbs sealed a comeback for the U’s after they had gone behind in the first half to 10-man Scunthorpe.

It means they have won two and drawn two of their opening four games to sit third in the fledgling table.

“There is no disappointment in how we’ve started and the consequence of that is we’re further up the table and in a nice position,” said Calderwood.

“The appetite for the game is already running pretty quickly after the game on Tuesday night, and we have to push forward because everybody knows the four games won’t get you anywhere near where you want to get to.

“We have to take advantage of being at home and have as strong a home record as we can, and back up Tuesday night’s excellent performance and make sure we can get to the levels we want to get to, which was pretty high on Tuesday.

“We’ve got to have an eager ambition to win again on Saturday and cement what has been a promising start at the minute.”

Oldham have had a tricky start to the season.

They lost their first three league games, but gained their first point with a 0-0 draw at home to Exeter City on Tuesday night.

“They are a very interesting proposition and they’ve got a lot of individual players who could win the game on their own for the team,” said Calderwood.

“I think they have a real danger and we’re very aware of that. We’ve got respect for the level some of these players have played at.

“At any time, they are going to win a game and we have to just keep nudging away. We don’t have to worry about their position or what they’ve got so much.

“We’ve got to be very diligent in preparing for the opposition but really reinforcing the good attributes that we want to bring to our game and our play on Saturday, and be pretty aggressive in terms of how we attack.”

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