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Joe Dunne predicts results will soon turn the way of Cambridge United

Cambridge United head coach Joe Dunne.
Cambridge United head coach Joe Dunne.

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Joe Dunne is confident that the wins will soon clock up as the pieces of the Cambridge United puzzle fall into place.

It has been a testing start to the Sky Bet League Two season for the U’s, mainly through the number of injuries that struck on the eve of the new campaign.

The performances have been by and large encouraging though, with United creating plenty of openings and with the squad on their way back to full fitness, Dunne is optimistic that the team will soon be shooting up the table.

“We’ve got four points on the board at the moment, performances haven’t been too bad,” said the head coach.

“We’ve looked at and dissected where we think one or two moments have been letting us down, but there has been a lot of positive stuff going forward.

“We’re creating chances and yes, we’d like more points on the board, but it’s not zero, we’ve got four.

“We had a bad week last week.

“Football changes very quickly so there is no reason why we can’t improve on results going forward. I’m confident with the play we’re playing at the moment – with getting chances, creating chances and getting players back fit and more game time – that wins will come.”

It has been no big secret that individual errors have proved costly so far this season, but the possession statistics are good for the U’s.

Dunne feels that it is an interesting take on performances, and that using such figures are not to everyone’s cup of tea, but feels it indicates the way he wants the game to be played.

“There are two sides to this argument,” he said. “One is that possession doesn’t win you games. There is a real thing in football at the moment about isolating only winning matches.

“We’re more than that as a club. We have a duty here to create good individual players for our team, and coaching plays a big part in that.

“We coach our players to get better, to play within a system, to try to express themselves, to make themselves better – that’s always been my goal here. I said it last year as well.

“Then you’ve got the flip side – winning a game without those things we speak about, and do one shot in the game, one shot on goal.

“I think I’ve spoken about many times ways of winning and losing games, and I have a belief and I will stick to that belief.

“Possession stats, we’ve got good players getting on the ball. If I take those possession stats away and we start missing out how we play, I lose quality players.

“My job is to my players and the players to the team. I think if it all clicks, we get good performances. If it all clicks then again, we get good wins.

“Yes, the game is all about winning, I accept that, but I think we have to look deeper than that about what we’re about here.

“With the young players coming through as well, we pride ourselves on our coaching. It’s a strength of mine, and I try to bring my strength out every day on the training pitch along with the players.”


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