Shaun Derry praises Cambridge United after victory at Crewe Alexandra
Jabo Ibehre goal is the difference
Shaun Derry hailed a “fantastic result” for Cambridge United as they won 1-0 at Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two last night (September 12).
The U’s headed to Gresty Road looking to banish the memories of a 3-1 defeat at Barnet last Saturday (September 9).
And they found the perfect tonic in the wind and rain to get back to winning ways.
United made a bright start and had the upper hand in the first half, feathering the goal of Ben Garratt with a number of efforts.
Uche Ikpeazu had a header from a Harrison Dunk cross go just wide, while Jevani Brown saw an effort saved by Garratt.
But the breakthrough came in the 35th minute when Ikpeazu’s shot was thwarted by Garratt, but Jabo Ibehre was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
The second half saw Crewe have more of the ball without really threatening United keeper David Forde, who barely had a save to make, and it was a stubborn defensive performance that earned United the victory
“It was a great response, fantastic,” U’s head coach Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
“We didn’t get too carried away with Saturday’s loss. We spoke about it and tried to affect a game-plan, and understood that Crewe are a good team in possession and a lot of their chances and goals have come from narrow play.
“We wanted to edge them out wide, and if they were to have any sort of possession it would be in wide areas. And we were willing to defend the cross, and I thought we defended the crosses well.
“In the first half particularly, I thought we played well, and really well on the counter. I thought the first-half display was brilliant and gave us a platform to go at for the second half.
“And it was a dogged second-half display, and a fantastic result for us.”
It was a completely different story from the Barnet match, when a disappointing first half saw Forde keep the hosts at bay until Mauro Vilhete scored in the 40th minute.
Derry’s men improved in the second half, but Shaq Coulhirst got the second goal for the Bees in the 62nd minute.
Leon Legge’s header reduced the arrears in the 71st minute, but Vilhete’s stoppage-time effort sealed Barnet’s win.