Shaun Derry seeks repeat performance from Cambridge United
In-form sides to do battle in Sky Bet League Two
Shaun Derry is hoping Cambridge United can carry on where they left off when Mansfield Town visit the Abbey Stadium tomorrow (Saturday, January 13).
The U’s were without a match last week, but in their previous game had impressed with a 0-0 draw at Colchester United.
And the visit of Steve Evan’s Mansfield pits the two in-form sides in the division against each other.
“They are a good team and have a manager there who has a lot of experience,” said U’s head coach Derry.
“We said before the season started that Mansfield would be one of the teams to look out for, not only because they have got a manager who has been there and done it, but also a manager who has been very active in the transfer market at every team he has been at.
“I see no difference at Mansfield to what took place in the summer, on a lesser scale will take place in the January window.
“I think we’re all aware, any like-minded fan or supporter of football, that there are two places to go and shop. They’re [Luton and Mansfield] shopping at Harrods and everyone else is shopping within the lesser department stores, it’s as simple as that.
“It’s a game we’re looking forward to on the back of some good results for us. Do we go into this weekend a little less in strength perhaps to the last game? Yes, I think we do.
“You look at the loss of Tafty [George Taft’s loan from Mansfield has expired] and one or two others might not make the weekend so it’s a case of do we rush it for the sake of getting a player in? I think that would be really looking in the short term.”
Colchester proved to be daunting opponents, with their stature as a squad of players dwarfing the U’s, and it is likely to be similar against a Mansfield team currently occupying the final play-off place.
“The physicality of League Two is there, we see it week in, week out,” said Derry. “We all know that Steve and his Mansfield team are going to mightily physical this weekend, but we have to be ready for that.
“We have to find a way of affecting that and I think we did that especially in the second half at Colchester. The way we got the ball on the floor, I enjoyed watching it; I really enjoyed that second-half performance.
“We have to be brave enough to get on the ball, pass the ball and make sure we have those combinations that we did last week.
“Against any team in that second half, I thought we would have caused them a lot of problems.”