Money’s boys are reap­ing re­wards

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower

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

Z-LAING Cambr

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