Money’s promising changes at United
RICHARD Money saw his Cambridge side secure their League Two status with victory against Mansfield before hinting at changes to come.
Sulley Kaikai netted twice in the first half to give hosts Cambridge some breathing space at the interval.
Their lead was halved just after the hour through Rakish Bingham, but Tom Elliott sealed the game with just a few minutes left.
Elliott’s late header also secured Cambridge survival but Money was not exactly popping the champagne corks.
“It was important that we got the number of points required through what we did and not what other people didn’t do,” he said.
“Sulley might have had a hattrick, he’s had two or three efforts in the second half and I thought it was a game tailor-made for him.
“There’s a lot that I need to ponder on in the next couple of weeks. I don’t want to say too much right now, but there’s quite a bit that I want to say.
“I just remember being grateful to be hired here on the same weekend two years ago to make sure we didn’t slip into the Conference South, and two years later we are where we are, still a league club.”
Cambridge got off to the best possible start when Kaikai’s firmly hit free-kick from 25 yards managed to elude Mansfield goalkeeper Sascha Studer in the third minute.
And Kaikai doubled Cambridge’s lead just before half-time, receiving the ball from a short corner before sending a shot through a crowded box and into the bottomleft corner.
Mansfield got a surprise goal when Josh Coulson played a weak back pass towards Dunn which Jack Thomas latched on to before taking it round the U’s ‘keeper and squaring it to Bingham who put the ball into an empty net. But the game was put to rest two minutes from time when Elliott nodded home Harrison Dunk’s cross, although despite the defeat Mansfield will also be a League Two side next season – not that Stags boss Adam Murray was celebrating either. “The group isn’t good enough in certain areas,” Murray said. “I’ve got to bite my tongue because it’s not right to criticise individuals in public and that will be done behind closed doors. But I’ve known what’s wrong for a long while and it will be changed.
“I could have been ruthless with a few of them but it’s not worth the energy, I’ve wasted enough energy on certain individuals.
“I want to see balls. I want to see people that care, I want to see people that wear the Mansfield shirt and run through brick walls.”
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