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CAMBRIDGE UNITED completed a remarkable turnaround by surging into the play-off places as they secured a fourth successive League Two win at the expense of struggling Crewe.
The U’s were bottom of the table 13 games ago, but goals from Uche Ikpeazu and a stunner from Greg Taylor mean they will go into the Christmas period with promotion on their minds.
“It’s nice to look at the league table at the moment, and it’s been an unbelievable achievement from everyone connected with the football club, particularly the players because they’re the ones who have to go out and perform,” said Cambridge manager Shaun Derry.
“They can go away now and enjoy the next few days before looking ahead to another tough run of games coming up.
“We deserved the three points. Crewe came here on a poor run wanting to put that right, but our intentions throughout the match were good and we did enough to get the win.”
Crewe’s Ben Garratt was the busier goalkeeper in a low-key first half, making comfortable saves from Conor Newton and Brad Halliday. Newton should have done better on the stroke of half-time but shot wastefully over from 13 yards after being teed up by Harrison Dunk.
The game opened up after the break, and Ikpeazu broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, controlling a long ball and laying it off to Newton. His return pass found the big striker, and he thundered it past Garratt.
Taylor made it 2-0 in spectacular fashion, nicking the ball off Chris Dagnall 25 yards out and unleashing a rocket which flew into the net via the underside of the bar.
Crewe looked down and out, but their three substitutes made a good impact, particularly the lively Charlie Kirk. He was involved in the move that led to James Jones finding the net with a low effort to set up a frantic finish. But the Railwaymen couldn’t add a second, and have now lost three successive league games.
Manager Steve Davis said: “One or two players are questioning their performances, but the important thing is we stick together. We need to keep working hard because that’s how you gain confidence. “Our response to going 2-0 down was good. We could have folded at that point, the subs gave us a bit of life, and the game opened up towards the end. “Their second goal was a worldie, but we keep giving ourselves a mountain to climb with silly errors, and until we do the basics better we will continue to find life difficult.”
OPENER: Uche Ikpeazu fires in Cambridge’s first goal and celebrates
STAR MAN GREG TAYLOR Cambridge JUMP FOR JOY: Greg Taylor celebrates after scoring