Joe Dunne praises Cambridge United's five-star display against Port Vale
U's share the goals in impressive display
Joe Dunne was delighted with a professional performance as Cambridge United put Port Vale to the sword in Sky Bet League Two.
The head coach saw the U’s turn on the style to finish the season in style with a 5-0 win, thanks to goals from David Amoo, Harrison Dunk, Brad Halliday, Barry Corr and Billy Waters.
“We wanted to come here and have some energy about us,” said Dunne, who was confirmed permanent head coach on Wednesday.
“Obviously, the conditions made it difficult, however, I thought we were very professional and very clinical on a gruelling day in the heat – the boys turned it on.”
After a flat opening period, the U’s got into gear from the 25th minute.
“We just felt we could introduce a bit of tempo to the game,” said Dunne. “We got that and scored at the right time, and then scored again quickly which gave us a platform to go onto in the second half.
“Once we got the first, we got into wonderful positions with some great movement and on another day we probably could have scored some more goals, if you wanted to be picky.
“However, good movement, good play, good opportunities and the thing is we’re creating, and that’s important.”
Dunne talked through each of the goals, with all catching the eye and for very different reasons.
“Harrison’s was a great strike, great finish; David, we’ve been talking about trying to get our wide players into more goal-scoring positions rather than just crossing,” he said.
“I was pleased both Harrison and David scored because we’ve been talking about that as if one striker is not going to score as many goals, then you need goals from other places and today we got five different scorers.
“The third goal [from Halliday], we’ve been talking about that all week. We’ve done shooting sessions with him and he keeps saying ‘it’s coming Joe, it’s coming’ and I went ‘okay’. Wow, it was some goal.
“Barry finished off a wonderful end to the season.
“I wanted to play Billy by himself because I wanted to pass the ball, there was no big man to hit, based on last week. He worked so hard for the team.
“When we were making the changes, I thought come on Billy, get yourself a goal. After what happened here against Cheltenham, I was so pleased for him as he’s worked so hard.”
There was an emotional farewell to Leon Legge, who it was announced will be released by the club at the end of the season.
“I planned to bring him on a little bit later, but once the Newmarket Road End start, it was like a colosseum, they were baying for him,” said Dunne.
“He is a wonderful servant for the club but more importantly a great human being. We’ve been speaking a lot this week, one-to-one personally.
“He has still got a lot to offer the game, and he has got a lot offer in the game when he stops playing. He is a wonderful human being.”
It was definitely the best way to sign-off for the campaign, and Dunne was thrilled to give the supporters to take forward towards the 2018-19 season.
“On a day like this it’s tough, but you want to take that momentum and energy into the off-season,” he said.
“We spoke at half time about getting the energy rocking as the fans have come here to see you so try to go out in style.
“We’ve talked about being ruthless more, and I thought we were ruthless and we were clinical at the moments we needed to be and that has probably caught Port Vale because there wasn’t much in the game initially.”