Cambridge United earned their first league win, at New­port

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Adam Di­a­mond

CAMBRIDGE UNITED man­ager Shaun Derry told his crit­ics that they should never ques­tion the char­ac­ter of his side as they came back from a goal down at New­port County to claim a first win of the sea­son.

The U’s re­main bottom of League Two but they are now level on points with New­port af­ter sec­ond-half strikes from sub­sti­tute Uche Ik­peazu and Luke Berry sealed three points at Rod­ney Pa­rade.

The Cambridge board held talks about Derry’s fu­ture last week but his side showed they still be­lieve in him as they bounced back from Rhys Healey’s 10th-minute opener for the hosts.

“It’s a long sea­son and now we’ve got this first win I want us to build on it – that’s got to be the goal,” said Derry.

“This is a tough league but I’m so pleased for my play­ers. The de­sire and the in­ten­sity that they came out with in the sec­ond half was there for all to see.

“It’s a team that’s got char­ac­ter be­cause the man­ager’s got char­ac­ter and the as­sis­tant man­ager has got char­ac­ter and the staff have got it in abun­dance. “Don’t ever ques­tion our char­ac­ter be­cause our char­ac­ter has al­ways been there.

“It’s been a tough start to the sea­son but now we have to look for­ward.

“We have to en­joy this mo­ment be­cause this mo­ment has not been felt at all this sea­son. “We’ll en­joy it now, re­group and crack on again for Tues­day.”

But the pres­sure only mounts for Derry’s coun­ter­part War­ren Feeney who ad­mit­ted that the home fans were right to boo him off at the end.

“There’s al­ways pres­sure but I don't worry about it be­cause I’ve been in foot­ball so long now,” said the New­port man­ager.

“There was 2,000 peo­ple here but I’ve played in front of 40,000 or 50,000 so I don’t worry about that.

“I put pres­sure on my­self to suc­ceed and the fans are right to have a pop at me, but I can’t af­fect that.”

Healey headed in af­ter Cambridge had failed to deal with a Ben Tozer long throw and Feeney’s men looked set to claim a first home win since March.

But Ik­peazu stooped to head in a Medy El­ito free-kick just af­ter the hour, and seven min­utes from time an­other El­ito free-kick was not cleared and Berry hooked in to spark wild cel­e­bra­tions amongst the trav­el­ling fans and cries of ‘Feeney out’ from the home sup­port.

Ahead of Tues­day’s trip to Grimsby Town, Feeney added: “I’m very frus­trated but I be­lieve in the boys. We aren’t too far away but we can’t keep do­ing what we’re do­ing.

“We shouldn’t have lost that game and that’s the hard­est part, but we have to move on.

“We have to keep the play­ers’ heads up. I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for ev­ery­thing and we have to get them go­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Gary Lear­mont/ProS­ports

COME­BACK: Cambridge United’s Luke Berry scores the win­ner. In­set: Uche Ik­peazu cel­e­brates his equaliser for the vis­i­tors STAR MAN ADAM McGURK Utd Cambridge

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