Money’s promis­ing changes at United

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Blair Fer­gu­son

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.”

STAR MAN SUL­LEY KAIKAI Cambr

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