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Keep calm and stay focused is the message to Cambridge United in promotion push

Mark Bonner will reinforce the message of staying calm and focused as Cambridge United bid to make it third time lucky to seal promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

The U’s needed a win against Stevenage to earn a spot in League One next season but lost 1-0 at home, and then when they needed just a point at Harrogate Town last Friday night, were defeated 5-4.

It means that they go into the home clash with Grimsby Town this Saturday (May 8), with the same objective, a point to go up.

U’s head coach Bonner stressed that the look to their week will follow a similar pattern to what it has all season, which has worked very well for them.

“We’re not too upset with the way in which we’re working; we know that will work for us,” he said.

“One of the biggest things we have to do is just make sure everybody remains really positive, really calm and really focused on what it is that gets you victories, and what it is that contributes towards wins, and block everything else out – all the other stuff doesn’t really help. They’ve just got to focus on how you’ve got to defend to keep clean sheets and be hard to beat, and the quality we know we’ve got with the ball to create chances and we’ve seen that plenty of times [against Harrogate].”

United were 3-0 down inside 20 minutes at Harrogate, but battled back to 4-4 by the 75th minute, only to concede a fifth in the 85th minute.

Bonner had stuck to his own words by looking calm throughout, despite what was happening on the pitch, although everything may not have been quite as it seemed.

“I think all the time, there are two different types of calm – there is what you see on the outside and what you see on the inside,” he said.

“No-one enjoys that situation. It’s ridiculous that we found ourselves in that situation but it is what it is. You have to find a way of overcoming it. You hope your players have got that resilience to do it.

“We’ve shown that enough times, we actually showed it enough times to come back a few times in the game, and then we’ve shot ourselves in the foot with a set play goal that has been the one that’s defined the game.”

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