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Louis John singled out for praise by Cambridge United head coach Colin Calderwood

Cambridge United defender Louis John. Picture- Keith Heppell
Cambridge United defender Louis John. Picture- Keith Heppell

Colin Calderwood cast his eye over the performances of Cambridge United’s fringe players in their EFL Trophy defeat, and reserved special praise for Louis John.

It was a much-changed side from the one that drew 2-2 with Macclesfield Town on Saturday, giving valuable minutes to those pushing for selection in Sky Bet League Two.

There was a first professional start for Ben Worman, while centre-back John was given the chance to impress having bided his time this season.

“Luke Hannant was going to play but felt his hamstring this afternoon hence the reason we left him out and brought young Ben Worman in,” said U’s head coach Calderwood.

“He did fine with the ball but there is obviously learning to happen without it and a bit of physical development.

“You can see he has technique, a bit of guile and can deliver nice-shaped crosses off his left foot. It’s a slight positive for the club and himself going forward.

“I thought Louis John played very well, grew into the game and found his feet.

“I have to pick him out for special attention as he is the one who has had less time than anybody else.”

He added: “Young Leon (Davies) at right-back typified the improvement of our performance through his own individual performance.

“He has a great shape when he crosses it - it probably helps that he is bow-legged!”

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