Joe Dunne points to importance of Cambridge United win over Grimsby Town
Paul Lewis is the match winner for the U's
Joe Dunne did not underestimate the importance of Cambridge United’s 1-0 win over Grimsby Town as they made it three wins in a row in Sky Bet League Two.
Paul Lewis’ 83rd-minute header was decisive as the U’s made it four games unbeaten, with a third clean sheet in a row, and the result moved them up to 19th in the table.
“Again, it was not a very attractive game although saying that we had two or three chances in the first half that possibly we could have scored which changes the mood of the game,” said head coach Dunne. “No game is easy in this league, we’ve said that.
“We’ve won another difficult game against a team in and around us, similar to last week and they’re big games.
“They’re the important games you’ve got to get something from by hook or by crook, it’s important that we do it.
“We made positive changes to go and win it, I thought we were on the front foot. We left ourselves open once or twice for a couple of breaks which obviously Fordey made a couple of saves form. When it’s a basement battle, they’re never easy, they’re never pretty, they’re never full of unbelievable quality.
“But I have been saying to this team all along, you’re only as strong as your bench and we’ve made the changes today and we’ve got another win from the bench.
“It’s a big win, don’t underestimate the importance of that win.”
Dunne also had words of encouragement for match-winner Lewis, who came off the bench in the 74th minute having struggled with injuries and to earn a first-team place this season.
“Me and Paul have had our moments, lots of moments in training,” said Dunne. “When we trained this week, I said to him ‘that’s the best I’ve seen you for a long time’.
“He gets us a goal from midfield and that was the idea; and the idea came through. There were two wingers on the pitch, and an attacking midfield player to get into the box and just before that he had a couple of moments where he missed a couple of headers.
“He gets in there and great credit to him for persevering and showing a bit of resilience from where he’s come from.”