Shaun Derry left frustrated by Cambridge United decision making
U's suffer defeat to Southampton youngsters
Shaun Derry expressed his disappointment after Cambridge United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Southampton under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.
It was a vastly-changed U’s side from the one that lost 2-0 at Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two last Saturday, but they had the majority of play and chances in front of a sparse crowd at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
However, the Saints earned victory with a goal from one of only two opportunities all game, with both chances coming from first-half corners.
“I think when you are disappointed with the result, those who did come to watch saw a performance that had a lot of activity in the final third, especially in the second half,” said U’s head coach Derry. “We were just wanting a little bit in the final third, just with our decision making; but to get there I was pleased.
“We made a number of changes from the weekend for a number for a vital minutes. And to get the two younger players [Matt Foy and Leon Davies] on the pitch as well was massively important.
“In terms of a disappointment with the result, we are because it was one corner and one switch off from a set play. Southampton have had no other shots or been anywhere near our goal.”
Ollie Cook had threatened what was to come for the Saints when he headed a corner over from close range in the 19th minute, and 16 minutes later, the deadlock was broken.
Callum Slattery delivered an in-swinging corner to the front post and captain Alfie Jones flicked his header past U’s keeper Dimitar Mitov.
United had a couple of off-target headers from young striker Matt Foy but the best chance of the second half went to Jevani Brown.
A corner fell to him in the box, but the attacking midfielder’s effort went over the bar.
Later on in the half, a cross-cum-shot from Emmanuel Osadebe had to be palmed away by Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy.
But despite the vast majority of territory and possession in the second half, United could not find an equaliser.
“I am disappointed; I don’t like losing, especially at home,” said Derry. “We’ve been good here of late and the results have been decent; I’ve enjoyed playing at home.
“The one over-riding thought for me is realising just how important our front two are to us.
“To have Uche [Ikpeazu] and Jabo [Ibehre] in form and an outlet the way that they are, and just how they occupy a backline, I think that just tells a story at times.”
United are at home to Wycombe in the League this Saturday.