Money’s boys are reaping rewards
CAMBRIDGE United’s positivity was rewarded with victory over Morecambe that earned the U’s an eight-point cushion to the drop zone, according to boss Richard Money.
Goals from Ryan Donaldson and Jordan Slew either side of the break sealed a first win in eight league games for the U’s.
And Money believes his side were great value for the victory.
“I thought it was fully deserved,” Money declared. “I don't think 20 flattered us in any way at all, and I thought we were really good.We worked hard with and without the ball, created lots of good openings throughout the game, and there was a lot to be pleased about.
“I don’t think we were under any pressure with our run, we know what we need to do.
“We’ve had two games against Manchester United, and it was a day we really needed three points today, and I thought we did everything possible to ensure we got the positive result.”
An end-to-end first half produced chances for both teams, and Morecambe’s Jack Redshaw should have done better with a key opening early on. A superb ball from Shrimps skipper Mark Hughes found Redshaw unmarked in the area, but the striker fired wide.
Morecambe would ultimately be paid for their failure to convert chances on the stroke of half-time too, as Donaldson bravely headed home from close range after an incredible cross from Richard Tait. Donaldson hurt himself in the act of scoring, but picked himself up shortly after to the relief of Cambridge’s loud band of travelling fans.
And with Morecambe pressing for an equaliser as the game wore on into the second half, the U’s struck on the counter to kill off the victory.
After Ryan Williams struck the bar for Morecambe, striker Slew would pounce to prod past Andreas Arestidou and seal a 2-0 win for United.
The result produced an angry response from Morecambe boss Jim Bentley, who said there were no excuses for his side’s performance.
“There are simply no excuses I can serve up for that,” Bentley said. “There's nothing you can say, we simply weren’t good enough and I have to apologise to the fans for that.
“They’ve paid their money and we didn’t give a good account of ourselves. The first five minutes were lively but after that it's completely fizzled out.
“We’re playing a team who have struggled for results and you think it could be a good time to play them, but it was just really disappointing.
“We didn't pass well enough and just had a general lack of thought all the way through.”
STAR MAN NATHA MENDE NIEL