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Harry Darling wants to see Cambridge United develop greater consistency




Harry Darling in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester
Harry Darling in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester

Harry Darling is looking for Cambridge United to develop their consistency to mount a charge for the Sky Bet League Two promotion places.

The 21-year-old centre-back set up Paul Mullin’s goal in their 2-1 win over Grimsby Town last Saturday, a result that lifted them up to fifth in the table.

The U’s have regularly picked up points, nearly always bouncing back from a defeat with a victory, but they have not put together back-to-back league wins since mid-November.

“Bonz (head coach Mark Bonner) said at the start of the season there were going to be challenges throughout the year because of Covid,” said Darling.

“He said if we deal with that well then we could go on a good run, and I think that’s what we’ve done.

“I think we need to be more consistent though as we’ve lost to the teams below us. If we can get that right then hopefully at the end of the season we can be right up there.

“We need to start getting some clean sheets because I don’t think we’ve had one in a while.

“As a defender, that’s what you pride yourself on but if we’re getting the wins, then I would take not getting a clean sheet.”

Adam May had given United the lead at Grimsby, but it was Darling’s pass from inside his own half that set up Mullin’s howitzer to double the lead - although the defender’s team-mates have questioned the intent in the assist.

“The boys have given me some stick to be fair for it because they don’t think I meant it, but I promise you I did mean it,” he said.

“It’s good to chip in any way I can to help the team, so it’s good.

“We said before the game that it was where we could hurt them so when I saw Mulls make that run then I just knew that if I put it in the right area that he would do the rest.

“The type of form he is in at the minute, I would expect him to score - having that trust in your team-mates is good.”

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