Money is quids in thanks to late draw

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Scott

A LAST-GASP equaliser is per­haps the best out­come any team trail­ing and down to ten men should ex­pect, but Cam­bridge boss Richard Money be­lieves his side could have gone on to vic­tory over Tran­mere Rovers.

A manic two min­utes saw sub­sti­tute Cole Stock­ton give the hosts the lead be­fore U’s for­ward Rob­bie Simp­son was dis­missed inside the last 15 min­utes of a tight en­counter at Pren­ton Park.

The vis­i­tors per­se­vered and were re­warded in the 89th minute when the re­called Michael Nel­son rose to head home Sul­ley Kaikai’s cor­ner be­fore Stock­ton spurned a de­cent chance for Tran­mere in in­jury time.

The re­sult ex­tends Cam­bridge’s un­beaten run to five matches in all com­pe­ti­tions and en­sures Money’s side re­main in the hunt for a play-off spot.

Yet de­spite the heavy work­load on his play­ers with three matches in six days, the U’s boss is con­fi­dent his ver­sa­tile side are ready to last the pace.

“I thought it was an out­stand­ing ef­fort from the team,” said Money.

“It was our third game in six days and another heavy pitch, but I thought we were out­stand­ing and a point was the least we de­served.

“In a mad two min­utes you’re 1-0 down and down to ten men, but it was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort to pull it back, and not only draw but try to win.

“We’ve come here and played with three cen­tre­for­wards in the first half and changed it as the game gone on to add a bit more pace and trick­ery.

“I think it shows the op­tions we’ve got in the group and, as the man­ager, it’s a nice thing to have.”

After a scrappy open­ing, Tran­mere were almost gifted a goal shortly be­fore the break when Greg Tay­lor mis­cued a pass to Tom Dunn, only for the Cam­bridge keeper to re­act alertly to stop Kay­ode Ode­jayi.

Stock­ton then caught out United by turn­ing Liam Ride­halgh’s cross beyond Dunn on 74 min­utes, be­fore Simp­son was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Steve Jen­nings.

Yet Nel­son’s late show de­nied Rovers from claim­ing a third con­sec­u­tive league tri­umph and left man­ager Micky Adams ru­ing a missed op­por­tu­nity.

“They’ve done us with a set piece and we have to learn from that and be bet­ter.You need strong per­son­al­i­ties in the last two min­utes when you're 1-0 up and con­cede a cor­ner,” he said.

“You know they’re go­ing to load the box but you do your job, lock on to peo­ple and at­tack the ball. If you don’t at­tack it, we didn’t, they did and it’s in the back of our net.

“What we’ve shown every­body re­cently is that we can com­pete.”



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