Stut­ter­ing start not a worry for Derry

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joel Lamy

A MAD five min­utes and a world-class goal ru­ined Shaun Derry’s first home match in charge of Cam­bridge United but the new boss was far from de­jected.

Josh Win­dass’ penalty and goals for Sean McConville and Tom Davies sent Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley one spot be­low the au­to­matic places, af­ter Cam­bridge had twice led through Barry Corr and Luke Berry.

Derry gave de­buts to three loan play­ers, in­clud­ing Ever­ton’s Ryan Ledson, who cap­tained Eng­land’s Un­der-17s to Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship suc­cess last year, and he was cheer­ful de­spite a sec­ond straight de­feat in charge of the U’s.

“I do not want to be de­spon­dent, I've just got here!” Derry joked. There were many pos­i­tives. I felt prob­a­bly for large pe­ri­ods of the game – 60/70 min­utes – I was very happy with what I saw. But it’s vi­tal times in the game when you’ve got to stick in there and we’ve not done that. The equal­is­ing goal and the penalty stunned us.

“Their first goal was won­der­ful. If that’s scored by a Premier League player it would be played on Sky Sports all week.”

On Ledson, the spon­sors’ man of the match, he added: “I thought he had a really ac­com­plished de­but. I really en­joyed watch­ing him.”

Corr swept in a closerange vol­ley from Leon Legge’s knock-down for his ninth goal of the sea­son, but Ac­cring­ton hit back when McConville col­lected the ball af­ter a Billy Kee dummy and lifted a shot into the top cor­ner from just in­side the area.

Cam­bridge then re­took the lead be­fore half-time when Ryan Don­ald­son teed up Berry to shoot in low from nearly 25 yards. The visi­tors, though, equalised just af­ter the break as Chris Dunn dropped McConville’s cor­ner and Davies volleyed in.

And the turn­around was com­plete five min­utes later af­ter Legge was ad­judged to have hauled down Kee and Win­dass sent Dunn the wrong way for his tenth goal of the sea­son.

Ac­cring­ton have won four of their last five matches and boss John Coleman said: “It’s a good game if you’re a neu­tral, end-to-end stuff. They put us un­der pres­sure and we were giv­ing the ball away cheaply first-half.

“Sec­ond-half we were ex­cel­lent and cre­ated nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I said at half-time this is a test of how much we want to be pro­moted.We need to get some­thing from th­ese games.

“It was a won­der­ful goal by Sean and to see that to­geth­er­ness in that dress­ing room, that will take us for­ward.

“We do not give our­selves a tar­get, but I said we have got to be in and around the pro­mo­tion places at Christ­mas.”



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