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Paul Digby focused on helping get Cambridge United over the promotion line after loss to Stevenage

Paul Mullin gets stuck in for Cambridge United against Stevenage. Picture: Keith Heppell
Paul Mullin gets stuck in for Cambridge United against Stevenage. Picture: Keith Heppell

Paul Digby is backing Cambridge United to have a positive reaction to their 1-0 defeat to Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two at the Abbey.

Luke Norris’ second-half goal did the damage to mean the U’s promotion party had to be put on hold, leaving them needing two points from their remaining two games to clinch a place in League One.

“It’s a little bit frustrating, I can’t lie,” said Digby. “You want to win the game, obviously, but we’ve just got to react positively now and go and get the job done on Friday now.

“I think Stevenage played well, better than us, and that was it. They got the basics right, ran harder than us and won more first and seconds [balls].

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again next week.

“I think we started the game well, but once they got back into it, they played really well and once they got the goal, they are a solid team.

“They’ve got one of the best defensive records in the league. They get in a good shape and it’s hard to break them down.”

United have shown throughout the season their ability to respond to setbacks, and will now head to Harrogate on Friday (April 30) seeking the points to get them over the line.

When they were last beaten at the Abbey, with a below-par display against Exeter, it was followed by wins at Newport County and Leyton Orient.

“The same happened against Exeter, and we had a fantastic response in training during the week so we need to do that again now,” said Digby.

“We’ve got good characters, fantastic leaders in the group who I’m sure will make that happen.

“We learn from today that it’s not done, we need to have a good week training, and keep focused on the job in hand.

“It’s really important to not get distracted by whatever is going on around, and focus on the football which is the main thing.”

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