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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Cambridge United

We take a look at this weekend's opponents

11 August 2017

Hot off the back of our Carabao Cup success at Fleetwood Town, we’re on the road again this weekend as we head to Cambridge United in our first Sky Bet League Two away game of the season.

After a narrow defeat to Swindon Town on the opening day, Keith Curle and the Blues will be keen to pick up a first win of the season.

But Shaun Derry’s U’s will be similarly keen to kick-start their league campaign in front of an ex-pectant home crowd, and we’ve taken a look at our latest opposition to get the lowdown ahead of Saturday’s meeting:

Still searching for a first win

Cambridge are yet to win in any competition this season having started the campaign with back-to-back defeats. The U’s lost out at Exeter City on the opening day of the League Two season before suffering a 4-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

A similar story to last season could be panning out, when Derry’s side didn’t win a league game until September 24. Cambridge will be keen to ensure that doesn’t happen again this season.

Familiar faces

Two of United’s more prolific forwards from the last few seasons may well be lining up in amber and black at the Abbey Stadium this Saturday with both David Amoo and Jabo Ibehre now on Cambridge’s books.

Amoo joined United from Tranmere in 2013 and immediately became a fans’ favourite as his pace and finishing ability captured the imagination of the Brunton Park faithful. The former Liverpool youngster spent two years in Cumbria, during which time he netted 16 goals in all competitions. He moved to Cambridge this summer following a spell at Patrick Thistle.

Another popular player with United fans, Ibehre made the move from the North West to the Abbey Stadium this summer after enjoying a fruitful two-year spell with the Cumbrians. After making the move from Colchester United Ibehre made 53 appearances and scored 31 goals before moving south.

Amoo and Ibehre

Twenty years and waiting ...

It’s been over twenty years since United managed to claim all three points at the Abbey Stadium, with our last victory at Cambridge coming in February 1997. A brace from Allan Smart and a Lee Peacock goal handed us a 3-1 victory that day, but in our six visits since we have failed to take all three points.

We’ve met Cambridge 26 times in total, all of which have come in the league. The U’s have been victorious on eight occasions, while the Blues have ran out winners in seven of the encounters. 11 of our meetings have been draws.

Goals aren’t usually hard to come by in this fixture either - our two meetings last season produced seven goals and the season before saw eight netted.

Changes afoot?

Derry made nine changes to his side for the Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol Rovers in mid-week, but has hinted that he will make further changes this weekend after several players failed to seize their chance in the first team.

Speaking after the loss, Derry said: “I think certain people will realise that was an opportunity missed for individuals and it’s something that should disappoint the player.”

The likes of Ibehre, David Forde, Liam O’Neill and Luke Berry were all rested for the clash with the Pirates but may return for Saturday’s game.

Ones to Watch

+ Luke Berry - A product of Cambridge’s youth system, box-to-box midfielder Berry made his first team debut in April 2010 and immediately caught the eye. He top-scored for the U’s in 2011/12 and 2013/14 and this impressive form saw him snapped up by Barnsley. He spent only a year at Oakwell before returning to the U’s where he continued to impress. A combative midfielder with an eye for goal, he’ll be keen to lead his side to victory this weekend.

+ Uche Ikpeazu - The only player who has netted for Cambridge this season, powerful and pacy striker Ikpeazu could well be handed a start by Derry this weekend. Formerly of Watford, Crewe, Doncaster and Port Vale, the imposing striker will be looking to add to his tally this weekend. On his day, he can certainly be a handful for United’s backline.

+ David Forde - A promotion winner from this division with Portsmouth last season, the goalkeeper will bring some valuable experience to the U’s side after joining this summer. A long-serving stopper at Millwall, he made over 300 appearances at the Den before making a loan switch to Pompey last season. Forde kept 19 clean sheets last season and he’ll no doubt prove a reliable last line of defence for Cambridge this season. He has also been capped by the Republic of Ireland.

Sky Bet Match Tip

Both teams to score at 8/13

Both teams scored in Carlisle’s opening Sky Bet League Two match of the season.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Cambridge 1 - 2 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

12 August 2017

United went to the Cambs Glass Abbey Stadium for their first League Two away day of the campaign fresh from an excellent midweek performance against Fleetwood Town.

The Cumbrians made three changes from their midweek outing with Nicky Adams, Hallam Hope and Tom Miller coming in for Jamie Devitt, Mike Jones and Shaun Miller as they kicked things off with a 4-4-2 formation.

An early Cambridge attack had to be dealt with as Ibehre found the ball at his feet with his back to goal, but Ellis and Joyce closed him down quickly to smother the danger.

Striker Richie Bennett missed a golden opportunity to put his side in in the lead with just five minutes on the clock when he latched onto a ball over the top. He shrugged off his marker to go one-on-one with Forde but he put too much on his shot as he tried to curl it past the stopper and it bent well wide of the upright.

Bennett went close again when a good build up left him with half a sight of the target. He struck it well from outside the box but Forde went full stretch to parry it away. Hope was onto the rebound but the flag was up for offside.

The Cumbrians took a deserved early lead when Lambe and Joyce exchanged passes on the edge of the area. The winger was left with plenty of space and he didn't disappoint as he swept a beauty of an effort into the bottom corner.

United stayed on the front-foot but they were caught light at the back when Ikpeazu jinked inside his marker with the ball at his feet. He went for glory from distance but his grasscutter shaved the outside of the post.

The Abbeymen equalised with their first meaningful attack when a looped delivery from Carroll was spilled by Bonham. Elito fell to the floor as he came under pressure from Liddle and the nippy midfielder made no mistake as he dusted himself off to slam the penalty past the Carlisle keeper.

Things tightened up after the goal but Carlisle created another good opening when Tom Miller kept a half-cleared corner alive. Bennett jumped high to meet it but his header lacked power and it was easy for Forde to grasp.

A long kick from Bonham caused more problems for the Cambridge defence as Bennett found Hope with a flick. The centre forward dropped a shoulder and went for the shot but a deflection made it comfortable for Forde to deal with.

Good football from the hosts left Ikpeazu in space and he fed the ball back for Ibehre to strike as the blue defence struggled to recover. The former-Blue unleashed a first time shot which was never going to trouble the target.

The big striker was a threat again moments later when a low cross was picked up by Berry. His attempt at a thunderbolt spooned high into the sky and the follow-up header from Ibehre had to be cleared off the line by Liddle.

The Blues cleared their lines quickly and Bennett stroked a 40-yard pass out to Adams who had set off on a run down the left flank. He twisted and turned and was unfortunate to see his right-foot shot hit a shin and drop kindly for Forde.

United almost regained the lead just before half time when a long throw from Miller eventually fell to Parkes. His stinger struck Bennett in the midriff but Forde did well to scramble across and palm it behind for a corner.

It was a short-lived reprieve for the home side though as Tom Miller rose highest to meet the set piece delivery. Forde did enough to tip that onto the bar and Davies was on hand to block as Hope tried to finish it off. Tom Parkes stayed alive and he wheeled away in celebration as he crunched a firm volley into the waiting net.

Bennett tried his luck with a snapshot from distance as the second half opened at a slower pace, but he couldn't keep it down and it sailed over the bar.

Things took a while to get going and it was a stunning Danny Grainger free kick which sparked things off when he put his boot through a gentle roll from Adams. Forde watched it all the way but he struggled to deal with it as it bent and dipped onto his punch.

Berry sent one just over at the other end as clear-cut chances became few and far between, with Cambridge pushing men forward without any real impact as Carlisle held their shape.  

But United had a real scare late in the day when Ibehre guided a Davies cross at the top corner. Bonham got the slightest of touches to it to direct it onto the bar and he recovered sharply to scoop it up as it bounced free on the floor.

Hope scuffed a cut-back from Cosgrove wide as the clock ticked down, and the hosts sent men forward as they tried to rescue the game with a series of deliveries into the area. But the blue shirts did their jobs and deservedly took the three points home at the end of a very satisfying day.



Cambridge United - Elito (14 pen)

Carlisle United - Lambe (8), Parkes (39)



Cambridge United - Elito (51)

Carlisle United - Liddle (56), Parkes (76)



Cambridge United - Forde, Carroll, Deegan, Taylor, Legge, Berry, Ikpeazu, Ibehre, O'Neil (Mingoia 66), Elito (Dunk 66), Davies (Azeez 85). Subs - Mito, Osadebe, Brown, Howkins.

Carlisle United - Bonham, T Miller, Ellis, Parkes, Grainger, Lambe, Joyce, Liddle, Adams (Jones 81), Bennett (Cosgrove 73), Hope (Devitt, 86). Subs - George, S Miller, Holt, Egan.


Referee - Tom Nield

Attendance - 4,102 (364 away fans)

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