Rocked by Har­ri­son’s hero­ics

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

PER­SIS­TENCE was key for Cam­bridge, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Richard Money, who saw his side pep­per Steve­nage in in­jury-time be­fore seal­ing a last-gasp vic­tory.

The match looked like it was head­ing for a draw un­til Har­ri­son Dunk popped up at the back post in the 97th minute to turn home.

The U’s were slow out of the blocks in the first half but, as the game wore on, they ap­plied plenty of pres­sure on the Steve­nage goal.

With time tick­ing down Dipo Akinyemi looked like he might win it for Money’s men but he scuffed his ef­fort wide.

Rory Gaffney then had a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity in the 96th minute but the su­perb Jesse Joro­nen saved to his right.

But it was third time lucky for Cam­bridge as Gaffney crossed from the right a minute later and the ball made its way to Dunk, who was all alone at the back post and slot­ted home.

“It’s a prime ex­am­ple of per­sis­tence pay­ing off for us,” said Money.

“I thought we de­served to fi­nally get the goal, I think if we come off 0-0 we would have been think­ing what more we needed to do to score.

“We’ve had 22 crosses, 18 at­tempts on tar­get and their goal­keeper has prob­a­bly been man of the match, but it’s a re­lief and it’s re­ally pleas­ing to fin­ish up with the 1-0.

“It’s a big three points and it starts off a big week for us in the right man­ner.

“It’s nice to go back in the dress­ing room buzzing we’ve got the win and they knew the three points were very im­por­tant.”

Steve­nage had an early op­por­tu­nity to take the lead af­ter a sloppy pass meant Steven Schu­macher picked up the ball and picked out Char­lie Lee whose header can­noned off the un­der­side of the bar.

It was a piv­otal mo­ment for Teddy Sher­ing­ham’s side with Tom Hitch­cock’s sec­ond-half header the only other no­table ef­fort.

Had ei­ther gone in the com­plex­ion of the game would have been very dif­fer­ent but, as it was, Joro­nen proved to be the star for Steve­nage be­tween the sticks.

But his per­for­mance did lit­tle to lift Sher­ing­ham’s mood, who saw his side’s win­less away run con­tinue.

“We had a very good chance early on and could have taken the lead and that could have changed the sce­nario of the game but it’s all ifs and buts now,” the for­mer Eng­land striker said.

“It was tough to take, but it was com­ing to be hon­est.

“I’m not stupid, I could feel that is was com­ing be­cause they were get­ting some good crosses into our box and there were a few nearly chances.

“It’s hard to take in the last minute but it hap­pens.”


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