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Creative outlet crucial for Cambridge United’s trip to Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two

Wes Hoolahan is Cambridge United's main creative hub. Picture: Simon Lankester
Wes Hoolahan is Cambridge United's main creative hub. Picture: Simon Lankester

Finding different creative outlets will be a crucial aspect for Cambridge United's trip to Grimsby Town on Saturday (January 2), according to Mark Bonner.

The U's suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday night.

They did not get going in any aspects, with the head coach saying that they lacked their usual intensity.

However, the key area Bonner wants to see improve is how they fashion chances, and to overcome a growing dependency on Wes Hoolahan.

“It [the intensity] comes down to a freshness, physicality and a little bit of a mindset which we know we’re at our best when we do that,” said Bonner.

“The key area for us in the games where we have a lot of the ball is creativity.

“We’ve got to make sure that we add that to our game and we find ways of building that with the players we’ve got when they’re on the pitch or the other options that are available.

“We know that Wes adds a different dimension to us when he plays but we’ve got to make sure that those others on the pitch can do it.

“Adam May has got it in him to be a creative passer of the ball, we’ve seen that. He has had some good performances for us this year.

“It’s his first season playing a lot of games in the league and we’re pleased with the progress he is making. We think he can continue building on that.

“Luke Hannant has had moments this year where he has been really effective for us, and we need to get him back to that, along with the front players.

“We need to make sure our full-backs really impact the game in the attacking half of the pitch as well. They played too deep on Tuesday, and too many backward passes.

“That side of our game is definitely one where we want to make sure we’re creating more chances in games to give ourselves a better chance of scoring the goals we were scoring in the early part of the season.”

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