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Joe Ironside stresses the need for focus as Cambridge United seek to secure promotion against Grimsby Town

Joe Ironside in action for Cambridge United at Harrogate Town. Picture: Simon Lankester
Joe Ironside in action for Cambridge United at Harrogate Town. Picture: Simon Lankester

Joe Ironside has described Cambridge United’s clash with Grimsby Town at the Abbey on Saturday (May 8) as “just another game”.

The U’s striker is not getting drawn into the hype surrounding the match, which could see the club promoted to Sky Bet League One, stressing that they are treating is as every other this season.

Depending on the outcome and results elsewhere, United could win the title, seal automatic promotion or end up in the play-offs.

“It’s just another game so we’ve just got to do the right thing and what would enable us to get a positive result, and then obviously we all know what it is at stake, with it being the last game of the season,” said Ironside.

“We’ve just got to focus on Saturday, we can’t dwell on what has happened in the last two games.

“We’ve just got to focus, stay positive and be in a good mindset, and then go into Saturday we will do what we need to do.”

United have had the chance to get promotion in their last two games, but they lost 1-0 to Stevenage and then followed that up with a 5-4 defeat to Harrogate Town.

“The contrast between the two games was totally different,” said Ironside.

“They were not the results we wanted, or the performance, but at the end of the day we’re going to focus all our energy on Saturday.

“Stuff happens in football like that, but it’s how you react to it and I’m sure we’re going to react to it in a positive manner.

“Losses happen in football and we’re unfortunate to have had two negative results but we’ve put ourselves in this position and we will be ready to bounce back.

“The atmosphere has been the same as it has all year. We’ve come in with a smile on our faces, we’ve just got to keep grinding and keep pushing towards what we want to do and hopefully take that into Saturday.”

A draw would be enough to reach League One, while a win and Cheltenham failing to get victory could seal the title. However, if United lose and both Bolton Wanderers and Morecambe win then they would have to settle for a place in the play-offs.

But Ironside said: “The focus is on the game, not so much the result.

“To enable the result, you’ve got to perform well in the game so we’ll just take the game as we have done all season.

“It’s no different to any other game.

“We will be focusing ready for that, and then hopefully come 5pm we will see what happens.”

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