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KIERAN ON CAMBRIDGE TEST

1 April 2022

"We’ll give Cambridge the absolute respect that they deserve"

Kieran McKenna is expecting a difficult game against Cambridge tomorrow for 'a lot of different reasons.'

Town go into the match looking to secure back-to-back victories at Portman Road following last weekend's success against Plymouth.

The Blues could close to the gap on the play-offs to two points with a win, and also move up to seventh depending on results elsewhere.

Cambridge, who were promoted to League One in the summer, sit 15 points clear of safety going into the final month of the campaign.

"We’re expecting a tough game for a lot of different reasons," said Kieran.

"Cambridge are a good team. They’ve almost secured their safety, or pretty much have done. They’ve developed well under Mark [Bonner, manager] over the last two seasons and have established themselves well in the league as well.

"They also had a really good FA Cup run, they beat an almost full-strength Newcastle team at St. James' Park a few months ago.

"If we needed any reminder that there are no guarantees in football, that result is a good enough one. They’re very consistent in their shape and how they go about the game. They play with good energy, they’re aggressive, they play balls to the front and have good support around it. They get bodies in the box for crosses." 

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Cambridge came from behind to draw 2-2 when Town travelled to Abbey Stadium back in October. United are also a side that usually play with a back four which presents a different challenge, but one that Kieran believes the Blues will be prepared for.

"They’ve showed they can score goals as they did against us earlier in the season," he continued.

"They’re the first team who play with a back four we've played since Doncaster. It’s very rare that you come up against a team playing a back four in this league so it's a different tactical challenge. That can bring opportunities but it can also bring challenges. Their strengths are pretty clear to me.

"We have to control the game as well as we can, keep the ball as far away from our goal as possible, and keep the game in Cambridge’s half where we then can create opportunities to score. 

"We’ll be ready for it. We’ll give Cambridge the absolute respect that they deserve, but I feel like if we take care of ourselves and get all of the little details right, then we’ve got a really good chance of putting in a good performance and winning the game."

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