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Cambridge United boss Mark Bonner says his side have to back up Portsmouth draw with good performance against Carlisle United





Cambridge United boss Mark Bonner said his side needs to back up Tuesday’s ‘good point’ against Portsmouth with another impressive performance at home to Carlisle United tomorrow (3pm).

The U’s host the newly promoted side, that sit 20th in the League One table, at the Abbey Stadium in search of their first win in eight league matches, but will go into the game with confidence after their resolute display against the unbeaten table-toppers in midweek.

Speaking about Tuesday’s stalemate, Bonner said: “It was a really good performance. We needn’t give anyone a reason to doubt us, but it’s our fault that we do that. We have to be happy with the performance level and happy with the point because I thought it was a really good one against the best team that we’ve played.

Mark Bonner called Tuesday’s stalemate with Portsmouth a ‘good point’ Picture: Keith Heppell
Mark Bonner called Tuesday’s stalemate with Portsmouth a ‘good point’ Picture: Keith Heppell

“We have to back that up now with another good performance on Saturday and again on Tuesday against Wycombe.”

“Anything that has boosted our confidence we can take into the next couple of games. It’s obviously a different game and challenge but the raw materials that we saw from the first whistle on Tuesday night is what we need.”

Tuesday’s performance and result was not the only positive for the U’s as midfielder Jordan Cousins made his first start for the Abbey Stadium outfit and impressed both Bonner and Barry Corr.

Cambridge United midfielder Jordan Cousins impressed on his first start for the club Picture: Simon Lankester
Cambridge United midfielder Jordan Cousins impressed on his first start for the club Picture: Simon Lankester

Cousins has suffered injury problems in the past, as the Cambridge United boss said: “We’ll do everything we can to help him be ready for the game. I thought his impact on the team was outstanding. He’s a good player and we know that. One of his injuries has set him back and we haven’t had too much of an ability to change much in midfield over a period where we needed to add some freshness.

“Hopefully the more we can get him on the pitch, the more we’ll see how he can help us like he did on Tuesday.”

Bonner also called for more consistency from his side.

“Winning games is tough and winning games at this level is tough but we’re capable of it. I think on our day we can beat anybody. We’ve done that over the last few years but being able to do that regulalry is a challnage and something that we’ve got to overcome,” said the U’s boss.

Cambridge United look to defeat newly promoted Carlisle on Saturday to record their first league win in eight games Picture: Ben Phillips
Cambridge United look to defeat newly promoted Carlisle on Saturday to record their first league win in eight games Picture: Ben Phillips

“We have to improve our goalscoring record at the moment. We’ve got to become more threatening and more useful on set plays. We’ve done okay but there is more in us with the qualities that we’ve got.”

Although tomorrow’s opposition sit below the U’s in the table, Carlisle registered their third league win of the campaign in midweek with a 2-1 victory at home to Burton Albion – winning the game in the 88th minute after they were a goal down in the second half.

“It was an excellent result for them on Tuesday. They’ve got some good players and they’re in a mindset of a team that’s got promoted to try and chase the game but we’re at home – want to be the team that forces the hand if we can.” said Bonner.

Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner wants another impressive performance at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow Picture: Ben Phillips
Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner wants another impressive performance at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow Picture: Ben Phillips

“We’ve got to be great at both ends of the pitch and have slightly better moments with the ball than we did on Tuesday. We’ve got to be high creating in terms of chances but we’ve got players who are finding a rhythm again hopefully and some that have come out of the team that are fresh and ready to come in as well.”

“I’s never easy to find that consistency.



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