Cambridge United ends ‘difficult week’ with victory over Burton Albion
Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner was delighted that his side were able to conclude a “difficult week” with a 3-0 victory over Burton Albion.
The Us headed to Saturday’s game at the Abbey with defensive issues, having lost skipper Greg Taylor to a long-term injury that is expected to keep him out for much of the season. season.
United loaned Conor Masterson to QPR and immediately gave the center-back his debut against the Brewers.
The new signing helped his side keep their clean sheet, with the victory ending a 100% record for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.
After making two long trips to Accrington Stanley and Plymouth Argyle, United managed to secure their first victory of their Ligue 1 campaign against a side that had beaten Sunderland and Ipswich Town in their last two matches.
“The fact that they’ve had the start to the season that they’ve had and the games they’ve won recently against teams that should be promoted, you know they’re a good team,” Bonner said of the comment. by Burton.
“They carry a threat and have you defending all day, and you have to defend your box against long throws and corners, and we did it right.
“We ourselves have had a difficult week. When you lose your captain on Tuesday night, and you bring someone 24 hours ago to go in a back four, and you travel about four days to get back from Plymouth, it’s beautiful. I’m really happy with where we are at.
This is United’s first victory in the Third Division since a 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers on April 13, 2002.
After ending their 19-year absence from the level with a promotion, the U didn’t score any wins in their first three Ligue 1 games before taking the win over the Brewers.
“To be honest, that doesn’t give me confidence (the first win) anymore, because I think we’re good enough,” added the U head coach.
“It suits everyone. The longer you go without a win, everyone in the grandstand and off the pitch thinks we’re far from it, and now that we’ve won they’ll think we’re brilliant.
“That’s the sort of thing you have to deal with a bit, because none of those things are true.
“At the same time, it’s definitely good for the players and for everyone to have it, because it calms everyone down a bit.
“I think we’ve shown in four games against a team that flies at the start of its first three with Burton, and with Oxford, Accrington and Plymouth, we’ve played good teams and teams that are doing well, and we ‘We we have done very well so far.
Injuries to Taylor and Jubril Okedina left the U with a recognized center-back heading into Saturday’s game, ahead of Masterson’s arrival.
The defender, on loan until January, already seems comfortable in his new environment.
“Conor Masterson just said ‘what a team spirit this group has’. He’s been here 24 hours and he said it was so easy to set up,” Bonner said.
“I’ve always said it, and it is a testament to the staff for the environment they create, and the players because we have good people, and it continues for a long time, because a dynamic team is a good team in my eyes. . “