Joe Ironside praises the strength of Cambridge United unit ahead of League One kick-off
Joe Ironside is hoping to carry on the momentum from last season for Cambridge United in Sky Bet League One this season.
The 28-year-old striker scored 14 goals last campaign as the U’s finished in 14th place, and with similar continuity throughout the squad, they will be looking to pick up where they left off.
“I would like to carry on how I did last year, so hopefully I can do better this year, keep working hard and see what happens,” said Ironside.
“I just try to focus on the next game and when the opportunity comes just score more goals, play well and then everything else will take care of itself.
“Goals are just a bonus, and hopefully I can score a lot this year, but we will see.”
One of Ironside’s trademarks in two seasons at United has been the style of play, and his constant tussles with defenders - often with little to no support from referees.
More of the same is anticipated this season, not that you will hear a hint of complaint from the U’s man.
“I just try to keep level-headed through the games, I lose my head quite a bit in training if it’s not going my way!” he said.
“So maybe I get it out of the way on training, and then on a Saturday I can keep nice and level-headed to just stay focused then if the opportunity arises or the next time I get on the ball make sure I’m doing my bit.
“There is no point in me losing my temper, so I just try to keep level-headed, calm and keep grinding away and then do the business when it comes.
“I think I like to give my fair share out. There are a lot of good defenders in this league and it’s just about those moments where you can try to get on top of them and score a goal, hold the ball up, win your headers and stuff like that.
“Hopefully I will be able to do that this year as well.”
United have seen little movement within the squad, with Jack Iredale and Wes Hoolahan the notable departures, but in have come James Holden, Zeno Ibsen Rossi, Brandon Haunstrup and Saikou Janneh.
“We’ve got a great team unit, and we’ll always be together,” added Ironside. “Whoever we bring into the squad over the years has just fitted in like a glove really.
“We’ve got a great unit here, everyone is together, so hopefully we will carry on that this season and then go from there.”