Solid week whets Colin Calderwood's appetite for Cambridge United's clash with Forest Green Rovers
Colin Calderwood has held his hands-up to making mistakes with Cambridge United’s preparations for their run of three matches in seven days last week.
The U’s lost all three games, although one was against Championship high-fliers Swansea City in the Carabao Cup.
A 1-0 defeat at Port Vale was the last fixture in the run, which followed a five-match unbeaten streak to start the season.
However, it has not been a revelatory learning experience for the head coach.
“In every game there is something that comes out of it, just a gentle reminder or sometimes very unexpected, but in reality it is probably the ebb and flow of the season,” said Calderwood.
“Are we good enough to be brilliant in every game? There aren’t too many teams like that.
The game at Port Vale got a little bit stuffy and didn’t flow at all for us.
“We’re to blame for that and I really put my hands up and say I could have helped the players a bit more in the prep, not withstanding the trip to Swansea.
“I should have done a couple of things differently so that’s where we were. I told them on Monday and we started again and our response has been very rewarding.
“It whets the appetite. Mark Bonner (the assistant head coach) took a really nice, lively session on Monday and it brought back the enthusiasm to everyone.
“We’re ready for this Saturday and the learning comes from defeats and also reminds to myself and the coaching staff where we are as a team.
“Not that we looked beyond any game, I just feel I could have helped the team better last week.”
Forest Green Rovers are the visitors to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow (Saturday), and they have won three, drawn one and lost two of their six matches to date in Sky Bet League Two.
It is a repeat of the display against Oldham Athletic that Calderwood wants to see, as he explained it was their best performance of the season so far - despite it being a 2-1 defeat.
“The amount of possession, number of shots, number of goal chances - that was probably the way you would like it,” he said.
“In mitigating circumstances at Bradford and Scunthorpe with a guy sent off, so you have to take that into account.
“But I thought our level against Oldham was good and it was not perfect but heading in the right direction.”
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