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Cambridge United boss Neil Harris ‘wants more’ from his attackers and provides updates on Gassan Ahadme and Harrison Dunk ahead of Carlisle United trip





Cambridge United boss Neil Harris stated he ‘wants more from’ his attacking players as his side prepare to make the trip to bottom-of-the-table Carlisle United on Saturday (3pm).

The U’s were beaten 3-1 at the hands of Sky Bet League One table-toppers Portsmouth on Tuesday night, after the visitors had taken the lead in the first half through Danny Andrew, to leave them 17th in the standings and four points off the relegation places.

Harris’ outfit had 10 shots at Pompey’s goal in midweek and he thought, on another day, United could have been two or three goals to the good at the break.

He has instructed his players to bring a ‘clinical nature’ to Saturday’s match at Brunton Park.

Neil Harris believes his side deserved more from their defeat to Portsmouth. Picture: Simon Lankester
Neil Harris believes his side deserved more from their defeat to Portsmouth. Picture: Simon Lankester

“The attacking players have done really well. A load of effort, a load of desire but I want them to find more in their armoury as well,” said Harris.

“I want us to be really good and creative in the final third, but score goals as well. Ultimately that’s their job, that’s what they’re employed to do and I want more from them.

“I am really pleased with them so far but my job is to always want more.”

Cambridge United head coach Neil Harris wants to see more from his attackers Picture: Simon Lankester
Cambridge United head coach Neil Harris wants to see more from his attackers Picture: Simon Lankester

One particular attacker that Harris was asked about in his pre-match press conference was Sullay Kaikai.

The 28-year-old has started 12 of the 13 games that the U’s boss has taken charge of in all competitions, registering two goals and an assist in that period.

“Sullay has done really well for me, he’s a real threat, not only in open play but on the transition as well,” said Harris.

“He’s a ball carrier and he’s got end product. I’d like to see more and I’ve spoken at length to him about it, and spoke to him again today, about getting into those key areas to score goals.”

Sullay Kaikai has enjoyed a lot of game time under Neil Harris. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sullay Kaikai has enjoyed a lot of game time under Neil Harris. Picture: Keith Heppell

Harris confirmed that no fresh injuries were picked up in the defeat at Fratton Park on Tuesday night and also provided the positive news that striker Gassan Ahadme needs no operation on his foot and is ‘healing well’.

The 23-year-old last featured for the U’s in their 2-0 victory at home to Exeter on December 22.

“It’s hugely positive we’re going to see Gassan before the end of the season. And the reason I say that is, because of the nature of the injury, everyday is a risk for him at the moment.

Neil Harris hopes Gassan Ahadme will return from injury in April. Picture: Keith Heppell.
Neil Harris hopes Gassan Ahadme will return from injury in April. Picture: Keith Heppell.

“He’s out of the boot and we’re looking to get him out on the grass in a few weeks time.

“We’re certainly hopeful that, if all goes well, Gassan is going to be back and be able to play certainly by the start of April, if not the end of March.”

Left-back Harrison Dunk is back on the grass but the 33-year-old will not be able to effect the squad in the next seven-10 days. Harris confirmed he will ‘certainly’ be available in March.



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