Greg Taylor and Wes Hoolahan earn praise after Cambridge United’s victory over Salford City in Sky Bet League Two
Mark Bonner was full of praise for Greg Taylor and Wes Hoolahan after Cambridge United’s 2-1 victory over Salford City in Sky Bet League Two.
The U’s dug deep to clinch a hard-earned win over Salford, with Jack Iredale and Joe Ironside scoring within six minutes of each other either side of half time after Ash Eastham had given the visitors a first-half lead.
And two of the senior players in the United squad caught the eye.
With injuries to Liam O’Neil, Paul Digby and Adam May, captain Taylor was pressed into emergency action in central midfielder, with Harry Darling and Robbie Cundy filling the centre-back berths.
“He just gets on with it, does what he does,” said U’s head coach Bonner about Taylor.
“He could hardly walk at the weekend and he could hardly walk on Monday because he had a dead calf. He spent 48 hours with a bag of ice strapped to his leg.
“He was really struggling but he puts himself through it for us yet again - he’s been doing it for 10 years so no-one should be surprised that he does that.
“He is a massive character for us in the dressing room and a really important player.
“It’s just testament to him that he can go and do that job well, and he is as willing as he is - he leads us brilliantly so I’m delighted with him.”
Hoolahan was also influential for the U’s.
The 38-year-old former Republic of Ireland international was a calming influence on the ball, making sure that they held possession for longer periods to assert some control on the game.
Hoolahan did not seem to mind where he picked up the ball, at the edge of his own area or that of the opposition’s, and that was a huge factor in starting to nullify the threat of Salford.
“He was good too, wasn’t he?” said Bonner.
“You talk about managing the game, and some of that is about controlling tempo, some of it is slowing the game down on restarts, and some of it is what area of the pitch you play in or you allow them to play in.
“All of those things are important, but the best way to manage a game is by having the ball and keeping it, and when Wes is on the pitch you always have it - and even if you don’t want it, you’re getting it sometimes.
“He is a brilliant footballer, in the twilight years of his career but he just plays like he is loving life. I thought he was brilliant for us.
“Another big performance for him and for us, and ultimately a really encouraging result.”