Donaldson on Money as United pull away

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Josh Ni­cholls

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

DSON Cambr

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