Reproducing home form on their travels is key for Cambridge United, says Shaun Derry
U's battle to overcome conundrum away from the Abbey
Consistency for the full 90 minutes will be key to Cambridge United picking up the wins on the road, according to head coach Shaun Derry.
The U’s have drawn five games on their travel, but have only won twice, with the last being at Crewe back in September.
Derry knows that the U’s fortunes need to change away from the Abbey, but was left to rue some of the decisions that left his side facing an uphill struggle at in-form Coventry City on Tuesday night.
“Playing away from home is difficult anyway, especially when you’re away from home against a team like Coventry City, one that has had a fantastic result on the Saturday against a higher-level club [in the FA Cup] and have got that feelgood factor going into the game,” he said.
“To go and say well we’re expecting better results away from home, of course, I want that to happen; but I’m expecting the decisions to be the right decisions to help you get the best results.
“At 2-0 down, there were two penalties that didn’t go our way. And at 2-1 down, there was another penalty didn’t go our way; you might be bringing three points back not just one.”
So producing the same level of performance for the entire game, at home and away, is what Derry is seeking between now and the end of the season.
“There has been a lot of frustration throughout this season up until this point, where you’re hopeful that for the remaining 17 games you can be the team that can play, especially away from home, a little bit more consistently over the 90 minutes,” he said.
“That’s the challenge and they are the type of things I’m talking about to the lads.
“We started really poorly on Tuesday night and we ended the middle part of the game and the end game absolutely on top but got nothing out of it. We want to get our rewards now.”
But the U’s are in the top eight with regards to their form at the Abbey, so what makes it so difficult to reproduce those results on the road?
“A lot of managers would like to know that,” said Derry. “There are so many variables that you can look at, and we do as a coaching staff.
“You look at your travel, your look at your food, you look at your sleep, you look at everything, but ultimately you have to have that sense of responsibility of putting in better performances on the road.
“And that’s what we’ve got to look at.”