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‘It’s the hardest team I’ve had to pick’ - Cambridge United boss Mark Bonner after Millwall victory



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Shilow Tracey in action for Cambridge United against Millwall. Picture: Simon Lankester (58408141)
Shilow Tracey in action for Cambridge United against Millwall. Picture: Simon Lankester (58408141)

Mark Bonner believes that Cambridge United’s squad options provide the hard decisions to pick a starting line-up.

The U's head coach made nine changes for their Carabao Cup clash against Millwall - with just George Williams and Joe Ironside keeping their places from the 1-0 win over MK Dons in League One on Saturday - and the much-changed line-up secured a 1-0 win at the Abbey Stadium to progress to the second round of the league cup.

Liam O'Neil was the match winner for the U's, while Shilow Tracey was unplayable for the Lions at times - having a part in the sending off of George Honeyman, who was dismissed for two yellow cards - and Bonner admitted that both players had been unlucky to miss out against MK Dons.

“Liam was really unfortunate to not be in the starting team on Saturday,” he said. “He has had an outstanding pre-season, and we’ve got real competition across the team.

“Shilow has also had a brilliant pre-season, it’s really harsh on him to not be on the starting team.

“It’s a really difficult team to pick, and the hardest team I’ve had to pick for a few years. It’s great, and going to give us real competition, and unhappiness sometimes because lads want to play every minute, and I understand that.

“I just have to deal with the fact that we’re going to rotate and change the team around, and I think that gives us lots of options which is great.

Liam O'Neil, who scored for Cambridge United against Millwall. Picture: Simon Lankester (58400144)
Liam O'Neil, who scored for Cambridge United against Millwall. Picture: Simon Lankester (58400144)

“Liam took his goal really well, off a period of really good play that ends up with an attack down our right-hand side and then he is on the edge of our box and hits it well.

“I was really pleased with that finish from him, and just really pleased with the number of players that got big minutes in the game with where they are.”

There were first competitive starts for Brandon Haunstrup and Saikou Janneh, while there was a debut in the centre of defence for Zeno Ibsen Rossi, alongside returning club captain Greg Taylor after a year out through injury.

Bonner added: “Zeno got to 90 minutes and hadn’t done more than 45 in pre-season, so it’s a tough game for him tonight, and for Greg to do it after a year out is excellent, I’m really pleased to be see him back out there as that will do him the world of good.”

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