Reggie Lambe and Jevani Brown fire Cambridge United to victory at Swindon Town
U's produce assured performance to defeat Robins
Reggie Lambe and Jevani Brown combined to give Cambridge United a 2-0 win at Swindon Town to move out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation places.
It was two goals in one first-half minute that did the damage for the U’s as despite the Robins upping the pressure in the second half, the visitors’ lead never really felt threatened.
There was an early warning of what time to come from the U’s.
After only two minutes, Lambe was played keen through in the box and with just Swindon keeper Lawrence Vigouroux in front of him, the midfielder seemed to get caught in two minds with what to do, and neither shot nor passed as the ball got cleared for a corner.
David Amoo got into a good position in the seventh minute and his low cross to the near post was dealt with by a rash clearance that could have gone anywhere, but luckily for Swindon went wide.
United had the breakthrough their play deserved in the 11th minute.
Reggie Lambe intercepted a pass to burst into the area, then coolly beat a defender before side-footing home.
A minute later, the U’s doubled their lead.
Jevani Brown broke the offside trap onto a good cross-field pass to race into the area and then finish with aplomb.
Swindon responded by earning a corner from a hit-and-hope forward, and from the resultant delivery, Dion Conroy headed straight at David Forde.
There was a scare for United in the 27th minute as former U James Dunne strode into the area, and after his first shot was blocked, his rebound effort required a fine fingertip save lowdown by Forde.
Dunne was at it again in the 39th minute, forcing Forde to dive low to save to his left from 25 yards.
Brown got in after another slip-up in defence from Swindon, but he was not quite able to get his effort on target.
The first real opening of the second half went the way of United.
Amoo did well on the counter-attack and slipped a ball in behind the Swindon defence for Brown, but he was denied by Vigourous when through one-on-one.
There was a let-off for the U’s in the 62nd minute as Keshi Anderson laid the ball into Marc Richards, and his curling effort swung the wrong side of the post from a Swindon perspective.
Richards went close a penalty later with a header that forced Forde to save low down for a corner.
The match swung up the other end, and Brown’s dipping volley from 25 yards was palmed up by Vigouroux, who then claimed the rebound.
There was plenty of possession for Swindon for the rest of the match, but United felt so assured and comfortable at the back, with Forde commanding his area and the defence resolute.
So it was a deserved three points for United, and with results elsewhere going their way, they jumped above Cheltenham and out of the relegation zone.
Swindon Town: Vigouroux, Knoyle, Lancashire, Conroy, Taylor, Anderson, Alzate, Diagouraga, Doughty, Richards, Adebayo.
Substitutes: Dunne (Doughty, 16), Woolery (Diagouraga, 57), McGlashan (Adebayo, 80). Not used: Iandolo, McCormick, Twine, Woolfenden.
Cambridge United: Forde, John, Taylor, Taft, Carroll, Deegan, Maris, O’Neil, Lambe, Brown, Amoo.
Substitutes: Azeez (Amoo, 67), Osadebe (Maris, 69), Lewis (O’Neil, 78). Not used: Darling, Foy, Knowles, Iron.
Referee: Matthew Donohue.
Bookings: Swindon – Conroy (foul, 52), Adebayo (unsporting behaviour, 69); Cambridge United – Deegan (foul, 55), Carroll (foul, 90), Lambe (dissent, 90+3).