Coleman: Our gaffes are video nasties
ACCRINGTON manager John Coleman believes he could release a video nasty of his team’s own goals and gaffes this season as they twice came from behind to salvage a draw.
Tom Elliott put the U’s ahead after eight minutes, before Piero Mingoia capitalised on defensive confusion to level the scores.
Cambridge took the lead for a second time through Ryan Bird, but could not hold on as Seamus Conneely punished them in the last minute of injury time.
Coleman said: “I think we could release an own goals and gaffes Christmas video with the goals we’ve conceded.
“The first was just another in a long line and the second was a wicked deflection, but we still should have marked tighter.
“In the main we did defend well, but I keep saying this every week so I might be kidding myself. We’ve got good lads here and when we do play we can be a handful.
“We had a couple of great moves that cut Cambridge apart but we have to be more clinical.”
Elliott gave the home team the lead in the eight-th minute, running onto a long ball out of defence by Josh Coulson beating the on-rushing Scott Davies to head the ball home.
Accrington equalised with six minutes of the first half left. Michael Nelson’s clearance hit Greg Taylor falling nicely for Mangoia, who burst away from the defence and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.
Richard Money’s side regained the lead with 11 minutes to go. Dominic Ball’s long throw was flicked on by Sullay Kaikai and chested down by Gearoid Morrissey for Bird, whose first-time shot deflected off Lloyd Jones on its way past Davies.
However, Cambridge could not hold on. Sean Maguire saw his lastminute shot parried by ‘keeper Will Norris, but in the ensuing scramble Conneely was able to drill his effort off the underside of the bar to steal a late point.
Cambridge boss Money admitted his side are too nervous at home after spending nine years out of the Football League. He said: “We haven’t been good at home since the turn of the year and there is a nervousness around the place.
“I think nine years out of the Football League has taken its toll.
“We’re nervous at home and even the comfort of being in front twice could not settle us and I think a point was all we probably deserved.
“There’s a lot of people not thinking clearly under pressure and you end up dropping points in a game that you shouldn’t have.
“We’ve reinvented the wheel in terms of how you give a goal away.”
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