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Colin Calderwood wants Cambridge United to harness home comforts

Cambridge United want to benefit from the Abbey Stadium support
Cambridge United want to benefit from the Abbey Stadium support

Colin Calderwood wants to make sure Cambridge United harness the feelgood factor of the Abbey Stadium to entertain supporters.

The U’s host Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday (February 9), and in their previous home game, David Amoo’s last-minute goal earned a 3-2 win over Northampton Town.

The victory means that United have won three of the four games on their own patch since Calderwood took over, with the only defeat coming against leaders Lincoln City.

“Certainly the points tally is much better at home, and I think we’ve got to add to the atmosphere created in the stadium by the support and the feeling that everyone seems to have about us is that we can be really competitive at home and do okay,” said the head coach.

“I think we’ve got to harness this moment and develop ourselves and hopefully the supporters see us develop.

“They have a huge part to play in adding to what we want to make a really difficult place for opposition to come.

“Most people look forward to the weekend and then relaxing or going to enjoy whatever sport they like.

“We want them to look forward to the weekend not just because they are relaxing and having a day off but they are getting entertained and look forward to coming and seeing their team.

“A huge factor in that will be the determination, attitude and demeanour of the players. If they look as if they’re trying hard, I think fans are very forgiving all over the country.

“That has got to be a standard that we never go below and we always try to eke up.

“We have that as a first point, but we’ve got to have the quality and goals at the end of it, and an aggressive nature in our game in the way that we’re always trying to score a goal.”

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