Home gains could be crucial for Cambridge United against Colchester United
Colin Calderwood wants to see Cambridge United add to their home points collection when they host Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow (Saturday).
The Abbey Stadium has been quite a happy hunting ground for the U’s this season, with the last defeat on their home turf coming against Lincoln City on December 29.
They will be buoyed by a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United last weekend - that leaves them eight points and three places outside the relegation places - and face a promotion-chasing Colchester who have only won one of their last five matches.
“We’ve gained most points at home so we’ve got to continue that and make it a difficult place for the opposition,” said head coach Calderwood.
“Make the fans get on their feet and get involved in the game to feel as if the team are giving them what they want to see in these situations towards the end of the season and still fighting for points to secure our league position.
“I think it’s important that we really bang the drum and try to attack this game and have it feeling as if it’s the most important one for us this year.
“We urge, as always, the fans to give them the support to help the team in the difficult moments. But the players have got to help themselves to begin with and also help what they create in the stadium.”
Colchester’s visit is the first of three matches in quick succession against teams at the top end of the table, with a trip to second-placed Bury awaiting on Tuesday (April 2) and away to fourth-placed Mansfield on April 6.
“We expect a difficult game and we have some promotion-chasing teams as opposition in the coming weeks,” said Calderwood.
“It will be a really good gage of what we can do under a little bit of pressure, as always.
“We want to achieve positive results and continue improving, and that’s the main thing. We’ve got to take points, it’s not just the standard of play it’s what we get at the end of the game that’s probably really important.
“The effort required in the next few games is going to be high and we really have to be probably as good as we can be to get points.”
Despite Colchester’s disappointing run of recent results, they are still only four points outside the play-off places.
“When I saw Colchester perform really well at Northampton (in a 4-0 win at the start of February), they looked a team who wouldn’t have had the results they’ve had recently,” said Calderwood.
“It shows results can change, and not because they have changed too much in their philosophy or anything like that. They are right up there and still in it.
“With what I’ve seen live and also the video stuff we’ve reviewed we’re going to have to be pretty good on Saturday against a team that are capable of scoring goals.”