Joe Dunne seeks to continue Cambridge United's learning curve away to Newport County
U's ready for trip to South Wales
Joe Dunne is hoping Cambridge United can use their final two matches of the Sky Bet League Two season to continue their learning curve.
The U’s are on a three-game unbeaten run after a 0-0 draw at Morecambe on Tuesday night, and travel to Newport County on Saturday before completing their season at home to Port Vale on May 5.
Newport have already beaten United twice this season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup.
But although neither side have anything still to play for, interim head coach Dunne believes it is far from a nothing match.
“I’m a great believer in if you’re speaking to players, working with people and you’re analysing stuff and how you want to make people better, and make the team better, at some stage you’re going to have to back that up,” said Dunne.
“Giving the opportunity for things we think haven’t gone quite well at times, to go out and see if we have learnt from it.
“We’ve got to try to do that over the next couple of games. Both teams want to finish as high as we can, the opportunity to be higher up the league goes the same for Newport, obviously with a game in hand.
“I wouldn’t call it a dead rubber, I think that would be wrong. I think both managers won’t want that either, I certainly don’t want that from the players because we’re going to go there with the intention of winning.”
Barry Corr was left out of the trip to Morecambe, having got the winner in the 4-3 victory over Cheltenham, but will be back in the squad against Newport.
A couple of other players will be assessed with the possibility of returning to the fold.
However, Piero Mingoia’s season is over; the winger has been ruled out since the turn of the year.
“The most important thing for everybody is making sure that player is not in a situation where he isn’t able to train or keep fit over the season,” said Dunne.
“Playing him now probably runs the risk of even further injury from the fact that they’re not match sharp.
“When you look at teams that we’ve played lately and how we’ve played, and look at Newport’s team, there’s not a lot of changes being made.
“Strong and physical players go all the way to the very end and that’s what we want also, whether it’s dipping in and out with subs or something like that, but you need to try to keep stability because if you haven’t played for a long time and you go and play against a team like Newport, you run the risk of injury.
“I have to balance that up as head coach to not only protect the team but to protect the players.”