Donaldson on Money as United pull away
CAMBRIDGE manager Richard Money couldn’t get enough of the trusty set-piece delivery of Ryan Donaldson as he twice turned provider in their victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.
Two second-half setpieces from Donaldson, first a well-placed freekick then a corner that teed up captain Michael Nelson, overturned Luke Howell’s first-half opener before two substitutes – Ryan Bird and George Porter – exchanged goals.
And Money was quick to laud Donaldson’s accuracy with a dead ball as well as an effective performance from his team.
“We all need someone with the ability of Donaldson to create something out of nothing,” he said.
“We knew there was a good chance he would score from the free-kick and when we get the corner you’ve got a pretty good idea he’s going to put it in the right area.
“While at times we all want to play aesthetically very nice and very good football, you’ve sometimes got to play effectively and in the second half we were very effective.”
The hosts took the lead when Jamie Cureton atoned for an earlier miss by curling in an inch-perfect cross from the right touchline which Howell headed home.
But Cambridge came out fighting after the break and Donaldson curled a 20-yard free-kick round the Dagenham wall. The U’s pressed home their advantage just past the hour following another precise delivery from Donaldson as his corner was headed into the roof of the net from six yards by Nelson.
Substitute Bird added a third in the 77th minute when he beat the flailing Daggers goalkeeper Liam O’Brien to an aerial ball to nod home from close range after a clearance had been charged down.
Dagenham were back in with a shout eight minutes from time when another substitute Porter got on the scoresheet, scrambling home from a corner after Cureton’s initial header had been blocked.
The Daggers couldn’t find an equaliser and have now conceded eight goals in their last three matches.
And first team coach Darren Currie was left irritated afterwards, sparing no sympathy for his goalkeeper.
“Our keeper made an absolute hash of the third goal and he’s paid the ultimate price,” said Currie “It was bad decision by him.
“I don’t see too many teams opening us up and scoring great goals I think a lot of goals we have conceded from day one this season have been from individual errors – that makes it frustrating.
“Each game that comes we are having to score two or three goals to win.”
STAR MAN RYAN DONAL