Mark Bonner labels Cambridge United’s victory over Grimsby Town as ‘impressive win’
Mark Bonner has described Cambridge United’s 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town last Saturday as “an impressive win”.
It was far from a classic as the U’s dug deep to defend their lead, provided by first-half goals from Adam May and Paul Mullin.
Elliott Hewitt pulled one back for Grimsby, and United then stood firm against a late onslaught, with keeper Dimi Mitov making a smart stop to deny the Mariners an equaliser.
“It wasn’t a classic, and we’ve really hung on in the end,” said United head coach Bonner.
“It really looked like they were going to get something, set play after set play.
“The second half they just wouldn’t let us play the direct game that got us some success in the first half and we lacked a bit of quality at times but, at the same time, we had some good chances.
“The two goals were good. It was obvious what we were trying to work in the first half, trying to get down the side of the centre-backs and that worked really well for us.
“We gave ourselves a good platform to go in at half time, we’re really pleased with that and then the second half was an absolute slog. Dimi has made a really important save at the end, and we hang on to take what is a really big three points for us.
“It is six points out of nine over Christmas for us which is a good return in a tough week.”
It was an immediate response to the 1-0 defeat to Stevenage on December 29, and moves the U’s up to fifth in the table, just three points outside the automatic promotion places.
“I think it’s an impressive win, without it being an impressive spectacle to watch maybe,” said Bonner.
“It was an absolute shift, an absolute grind but the boys have delivered a strong enough, good enough performance to take a result and three wins in five games now for us is an alright return.
“With the games gone (postponed), you can forget the Southend game being our game in hand, we haven’t got one anymore.
“This almost became it, so it was a real chance for us to jump a few places which we’ve done but most importantly it was a chance for us to get back to winning ways.”
Mullin’s superb strike in the 36th minute, after a good pass out of defence from Harry Darling, made it 20 goals for the season for the striker.
“It was a good finish, and a great ball through from Harry,” said Bonner.
“It was a really good goal for him, and in the end it becomes a really tough task for the forward players because they are chasing a few lost causes in the end and it’s a tough grind and shift for them on a heavy pitch.
“It’s not the sort of game they look back on and say they enjoyed, but they enjoyed the feeling of winning those games in the end.”