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Cambridge United attacker Elias Kachunga enjoying partnership with Lyle Taylor ahead of visit from his former club Bolton Wanderers

Elias Kachunga is pleased with the ‘strong connection’ that he has been able to form with Lyle Taylor in the Cambridge United attack.

Taylor has made a big impression since joining the U’s in the January transfer window, both on and off the pitch.

And he also showed the creative side of his game during last weekend’s 4-0 win at Carlisle United with an outside-of-the-foot cross that Kachunga was able to turn in from close range.

Elias Kachunga and Lyle Taylor have formed a ‘strong connection’ since the latter joined the U’s last month Picture: Simon Lankester
Elias Kachunga and Lyle Taylor have formed a ‘strong connection’ since the latter joined the U’s last month Picture: Simon Lankester

Asked about his blossoming partnership with the former Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest striker, Kachunga said: “You can see over a few games that there’s a strong connection. I’ve assisted him for a goal and now he’s assisted me – hopefully we can keep going.

“Off the pitch we’re both bubbly people and we have a good connection. It’s something that we’ve been able to bring on to the pitch.

“Over the last few years he’s played at a really high level and you can see that. He knows what I need and like and I know what his strengths are. It’s a really good connection.

“It’s the perfect blend. It’s always good to have characters in the team and the dressing room.

“In the game it’s a partnership so at times we have to adjust our positions and do something different. We try to communicate as much as possible to create chances and help the team.”

Kachunga and Taylor will be looking to continue their positive form tomorrow when his former club Bolton Wanderers visit the Cledara Abbey Stadium for a rearranged Sky Bet League One fixture.

The Trotters are riding high in third place, yet Kachunga has called on his team-mates to play without fear as they bid to put further daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.

He added: “They’re up there for a reason. They play really good football and been building over the last few years.

“It will be a tough game but we’re playing at home. We shouldn’t have fear and we should feel like we can get something from the game.

“After a good performance in the last game, we know we are strong at home with the supporters behind us.

“The gaffer, he wants to win every game and wants us to make it hard for every opponent. We have to try to match that, play our game and don’t have fear.”

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