Shaun Derry gears Cambridge United up for physical test
Wycombe Wanderers set to pose problems
Shaun Derry has warned Cambridge United that they will need to be on their mettle physically when Wycombe Wanderers visit the Cambs Glass Stadium tomorrow (October 7).
Gareth Ainsworth’s side have won their last three matches and sit in seventh in the Sky Bet League Two table, the final play-off place, and five points above United.
And they will be anticipating a stern and direct approach from the visitors, with the formidable Adebayo Akinfenwa their talisman.
“They’ve got a good manager there, a manager who’s been there five now and not just got a settled side, but he has had a number of settled sides in the way he wants to play the game,” said U’s head coach Derry.
“It’s set in stone really, the way Wycombe play, and they make no apologies playing into the big man [Akinfenwa] because he is probably the best in the league at playing the way he plays.
“We know that’s a problem that we’ve got to try to counter on Saturday. Within that, the games that we have played against them in the past have been tight affairs.
“I’m expecting the same on Saturday.
“I think it will be a tight game and really competitive because they don’t come short on a matchday and we have to make sure that we don’t come short on Saturday as well, in the physical side of the game.”
Wanderers do not just rely on Akinfenwa, and boast an intimidating front three that also includes Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith.
But Derry believes there are other threats within the Wycombe squad of which United also need to be wary.
“I had Nathan at Notts County and he was brilliant for me; obviously Mackail-Smith has a pedigree at higher levels than League Two; and obviously everybody knows what big Akinfenwa can do,” he said.
“I just think that yes, everybody looks at the front line but behind that I think Gareth’s got some good players as well.
“He’s got a structure and a style of play that keeps them in every game they play in.”
Derry added: “We have to be aware of that, but form-wise in the league at home, we’re looking good and I’m expecting us to carry that on this Saturday.”