KAIKAI KNOCKS DOWN SHREWS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art Dunn

RICHARD Money hailed a land­mark goal for Cam­bridge af­ter sub­sti­tute Sul­lay Kaikai’s late equaliser earned his side a point and knocked Shrews­bury off the top of League Two.

Kaikai, on loan from Crys­tal Palace un­til the end of the sea­son, was in the right place at the right time deep into stop­page time to turn in a Cam­bridge lev­eller which de­lighted Money.

Shrews­bury, the masters of scor­ing im­por­tant late goals in the di­vi­sion this sea­son, this time found them­selves on the re­ceiv­ing end as a lead given to them by Bobby Grant in the 16th minute was wiped out.

Cam­bridge boss Money said: “The way we got the point was an im­por­tant land­mark for the group re­ally be­cause we have had a habit in some of the re­cent games where we’ve lost a goal and then gone an­other one be­hind very quickly.

“We’ve spo­ken over the last few days of mak­ing sure we stay in the game and that if we lose a goal it’s not the end of the world.

“If you stay in the game and keep it at one you’ve al­ways got an op­por­tu­nity to score in the 93rd or 94th minute. I think that’s prob­a­bly the first time we’ve done that this year, scored that late, I’m not sure, but I was re­ally pleased for the group that we picked up the re­sult that way.

“I think it was a land­mark mo­ment in terms of the un­der­stand­ing of what’s re­quired to get a re­sult against the best teams in the league.”

Money also had words of praise for Kaikai who showed a cool head to se­cure an im­pres­sive away point:“He’s some­one we think the world of,” he added.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful to Palace for let­ting us have him.”

Shrews­bury started brightly and took the lead just af­ter Ty­rone Bar­nett was un­for­tu­nate to see his shot hit the bar.

The hosts kept the pres­sure on and James Collins floated over a cross from the right which Mickey Demetriou headed down and Grant fired in a low shot from 18 yards.

Cam­bridge re­sponded well and the danger­ous Jor­dan Slew twice forced keeper Jayson Leutwiler into sharp saves.

The sec­ond half saw chances at both ends with Leutwiler bril­liantly keep­ing out a point-blank header from Josh Coul­son and also deal­ing with an­other ef­fort from Slew.

Shrews­bury were close to dou­bling their lead late on when Grant’s free-kick from wide on the right was touched onto the bar by Dunn – and that paved the way for Kaikai’s res­cue act.

Shrews­bury manager Micky Mel­lon said: “Not to take all three points is ob­vi­ously dis­ap­point­ing but the way the re­sults have gone it’s a big point gained so we’ll look at the pos­i­tives and, like we do with all games, we’ll move on very quickly

“It was a good goal from Bob, a good fin­ish.

“I think we hit the bar a cou­ple of times but we just couldn’t get that sec­ond goal which prob­a­bly would have seen us over the line, but we won’t dwell on it too long, we’ll move on.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

BATTLE: Cam­bridge’s Nathaniel Men­dezLaing and the Shrews’ Bobby Grant TOUCH­ING MO­MENT: Shrews­bury’s Bobby Grant cel­e­brates his strike. Inset: Sul­lay Kaikai af­ter his lev­eller STAR MAN BOBBY GRANT Shrews

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