Money is bid­ing his time amid in­jury woe

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

RICHARD Money de­fended his Cam­bridge United side af­ter they ground out a point at Hartle­pool United.

Ac­cused by Pools boss Ron­nie Moore of long-ball tac­tics and play­ing hoof-ball, the U’s packed their de­fence and were only dan­ger­ous from set­pieces.

But it worked as the in­jury-hit visi­tors man­aged to avoid de­feat and Money said: “Those around us know what is hap­pen­ing and we are try­ing to play with the hand dealt at the mo­ment.

“No mat­ter how we do it, we keep it tick­ing over un­til we get five or six key play­ers able to train and play again.

“Wher­ever we are in the ta­ble, we know we have done that and we haven’t even started yet.

“We de­fended well. It’s a clean sheet and we move on.

“Hope­fully in train­ing this week we get four or five closer to com­ing back.

“If Man Utd played with­out Rooney, Sch­we­in­steiger and four or five key play­ers they aren’t as good as they can be.

“They are key play­ers and un­til we get ev­ery­one fit it can be a strug­gle.”

The U’s had one early chance when Nicky Demetriou broke from deep on the left and had a header kept out by Adam Bartlett.

Pools’ at­tacker Michael Woods mishit his shot and, as the ball fell to Rak­ish Bing­ham, his ef­fort was well pushed out by keeper Chris Dunn. De­fender Scott Har­ri­son had a header cleared off the line by El­liot Omozusi from a cor­ner.

Billy Paynter then went in on goal, but was smoth­ered by Dunn as he tried to go around the keeper.

Bradley Hal­l­i­day, the right-back on loan from Mid­dles­brough, went on a mazy run from deep and was only de­nied a mem­o­rable goal by a fine Dunn save.

Leon Legge had a goal­bound shot kept out of the Pools net by team­mate Mark Roberts, while Bing­ham missed a cou­ple of sec­ond-half chances, but lacked some com­po­sure in front of goal and, while they pressed for a late win­ner, it didn’t ar­rive.

Boss Moore said: “We know we should have had more – we were the bet­ter side by a mile. “They had a chance. One free header.We had five or six and it’s dis­ap­point­ing we couldn’t win it.

“It stops you lads ask­ing when we are go­ing to win a game at least!

“We aren’t a mil­lion miles away from be­ing a good side.

“They weren’t too happy with me say­ing they play long ball, but that’s not football. Or I’m watch­ing a dif­fer­ent game.’

“It’s hard against such height and a side with de­cent qual­ity in the box. We had a lot of chances and took the game to them.”

STAR MAN RHYS OATES Hartlep

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