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Luke Hannant and Dimi Mitov typify Cambridge United team spirit in win over Scunthorpe United

Cambridge United midfielder Luke Hannant. Picture: Rich Marsham
Cambridge United midfielder Luke Hannant. Picture: Rich Marsham

Amidst the fanfare of Cambridge United's 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night, a key moment was glossed over that was critical to the success.

Paul Lewis' double and a full debut goal for Harvey Knibbs garnered all the attention, but the success was only secured by the exploits of keeper Dimitar Mitov and midfielder Luke Hannant in stoppage time.

Scunthrope's Matthew Lund put the ball across the six-yard box to an unmarked Jordan Clarke at the back post but, from point-blank range, Mitov got a touch to the ball and then Hannant recovered to acrobatically clear off the line to make sure the U's took the three points.

Head coach Colin Calderwood praised the character and determination involved to make the clearance, although suggested that Hannant was making amends for his own error.

“It typified good team spirit," said Calderwood. "I think Dimi has got a touch and Luke has rounded it off.

“But what we’ve got to be aware of is that’s Luke’s man that gets the contact so there is a bit that he has reprieved himself.

“We need to make sure that he is aware of that, his positioning at that moment wasn’t the best and may have cost us."

He added: “It brought to an end quite an entertaining game, but I don’t expect that every week!”

To see the clearance, and the rest of the match highlights, see the link below.

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