Colin Calderwood calls for Cambridge United to end season on a high at Macclesfield Town
Colin Calderwood has told Cambridge United to make sure they give a strong account of themselves to end the Sky Bet League Two season on a high at Macclesfield Town.
The U’s have nothing to play for after securing their safety over the Easter weekend, but there is plenty at stake for the Silkmen.
They are two points clear of the final relegation place and, given their superior goal difference to 23rd-placed Notts County, who travel to Swindon Town, a point would probably maintain their status.
“We’re delighted to have cleared our situation a little bit, but realistically for one or both it could have been a do-or-die game,” said U’s head coach Calderwood.
“Fortunately, we’ve managed to just have enough. We’ve got a free game and we’ve got to go and play with the intention of winning it, and we will do.
“There a release of any tension or pressure so there may be a freedom but the nature of any football is there is still a competitive edge and we will certainly have respect for everybody.
“No-one can have any worries about how we will go about it. We will be ready for it and we will give a really good account of ourselves so there will be complaints from anyone.”
Calderwood has been impressed by the way the U’s have applied themselves in training after two successive defeats and there were positives to take from the 2-1 home defeat to Morecambe last week.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Jake Doyle-Hayes, George Maris and Liam O’Neil are all still ruled out through injury and, in the last couple of games, Calderwood has put his faith in some of the younger defenders in the squad.
“If I’m completely honest, if I don’t change the team I think we’ll be really competitive,” he said.
“The team will have enough experience, but I’ve got to do the job for Cambridge and that’s to have a better record than we had last week.
“I will pick the team accordingly, and people can dissect it whichever way they want.
“If I played 11 youngsters, they would play with undoubted enthusiasm but I think we would probably end up getting beat because of that.
“It won’t be 11 youngsters but it will be a team that if they play with the noise, freedom and enthusiasm they’ve had during the week we’re going to give a really good account of ourselves.”
He added: “We don’t want to make light of the situation, but what is your best XI when you’re in the bottom four in the league.
“We’ve all got to be better than we have been recently because the moments in performances is not enough, results is really the be-all and end-all of it.
“There were moments that I really liked in the Morecambe game and I wouldn’t change so much from that. I want us to play with the bounce we had in the second half against Morecambe.”