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Shaun Derry calls on Cambridge United to keep their focus


By John Downing


Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry. Picture Keith Heppell
Cambridge United head coach Shaun Derry. Picture Keith Heppell

U's head coach wants more of the same away to Swindon Town

Shaun Derry wants Cambridge United to continue to be fully concentrated on the job in hand when they make the trip to Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow (September 30).

The U’s have produced a string of good performances in their last seven games, and head to the County Ground level on points with tomorrow’s hosts.

David Flitcroft’s side have tended to fair better on the road this campaign, with only one league victory on their own turf.

But U’s head coach Derry said: “David has done well. He has come in and I think he has changed the whole complexity of Swindon.

“I think he has changed the way that they play. He has got different types of players and it has served him well.

“He is a good manager with a fantastic record at this level so we know it’s going to be very difficult.

“But we are good when we concentrate on ourselves and fully focus on the job in hand. We will do that on Saturday.”

Derry was delighted with the way United bounced back from the 2-1 defeat at Mansfield to put Forest Green Rovers to the sword 3-0 on Tuesday night.

“We asked for a reaction after the loss to Mansfield,” he said. “It was very difficult to swallow the manner in which we lost the game on Saturday and we took it out with a really measured performance on Tuesday night.

“It could have been more but I thought it was a really dominating display that fully deserved the three points.”

On recent performances, Derry said of his squad: “They’ve been brilliant. I’ve got a really good bunch here.

“They’re a really good group of guys who want to learn, take on information and have been very adaptable in terms of the change in shape that we’ve employed upon the team.

“We’ve had regularity in terms of the starting XI up until Tuesday, where we’ve had an enforced change with Greg Taylor, and then made another change with Medy [Elito] coming in.

“The key to it all is that everybody has to be ready.

“I thought George [Taft] did really well and I thought Medy too; they both had some really positive parts of the night.

“As a group, we keep talking about taking your opportunities when they come and staying focused when you’re not that man picked to pull on the shirt.

“That for me is great because that brings reliability within the group of players I’ve got, and, at this moment in time, everything within the clubs seems to be going well.”



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