Mark Bonner stresses importance of four consecutive wins after Cambridge United’s victory over Morecambe
Mark Bonner highlighted the importance of Cambridge United securing their fourth win in a row by beating Morecambe 2-1 in Sky Bet League Two at the Abbey Stadium.
Paul Mullin scored a goal in each half, the second from the penalty spot, but they withstood a rally from Morecambe, who pulled a goal back through Freddie Price despite having Liam Gibson sent off in the 55th minute.
United were also grateful for a penalty save from keeper Callum Burton, who denied Cole Stockton with the score at 1-0.
It is the first time this season that United have won four league games in a row, and comes at a time when the sides around them are dropping points.
They are now seven points clear of the teams outside the automatic promotion places, and also have a superior goal difference.
“I think the goal difference is important, we’ve talked a lot about that recently. We know how tight the table is, that could almost act as an extra point at some point in the season.
“It’s important that we try to maintain that and keep that distance. It will be a tough one for people to make up, if we keep getting results and limit the number of chances and goals we concede for other teams.
“It’s four wins in a row which is our best run in the league for the season so to be coming to that sort of run now, consecutive wins is always going to be really important.
“We have got four on the bounce at this stage and three in this group of six games that we highlighted against teams that are in it, having said that Leyton Orient are on a charge for the play-offs now.
“It’s shaping up, and even Stevenage are in a great run of form. It’s exciting, it’s wide open, lots of good games to come and obviously we’ve got a big one ourselves on Monday [the U’s are away to Tranmere Rovers].”
United caught the eye in the first 35 minutes with a dominant performance, although they could only gain a one-goal lead.
They lost their control in the second half, and it made for tough going, despite them being a man to the good.
It means that, despite their position at the top of the table, there is grounds for improvement in Bonner’s eyes.
“We’ve found a new level in first halves recently, we’ve been outstanding, and then we’ve found a poor level in second halves recently probably,” he said.
“It’s something there for us to work on, which is great.
“I’ll tell you what is great, we’re top of the league with 70 points, with 21 wins, with seven games to go and we think there is loads more improvement to make so that’s a pretty good sign of where we’re at at the moment.
“We did enough to win in the end, just about. It wasn’t convincing, it wasn’t controlled throughout the whole game but, who cares.”