U’s still in hunt with a Berry good win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Les Scott

TWO goals from Luke Berry main­tained Cam­bridge’s out­side chance of mak­ing the play-offs and boss Shaun Derry was ec­satic with a 90-minute per­for­mance.

Berry’s goals, his 18th and 19th of the sea­son, were no more than Cam­bridge de­served for a su­perb dis­play.

The U’s are now five points out­side the top seven, with six games still to play.

“We were out­stand­ing,” said Derry. “We turned in a strong per­for­mance against a side that had won three on the bounce.

“I am de­lighted with how we ap­plied our­selves from start to fin­ish.

“We were pre­cise in pos­ses­sion and made the ball do the work.

“Crewe tried to close us down but our move­ment and pass­ing en­abled us to keep con­trol.

“We still have a chance of mak­ing the play-offs and we’ll be go­ing all-out to main­tain our chal­lenge.”

Cam­bridge dom­i­nated the first half, re­strict­ing the home side to a near-post strike from Jor­dan Bow­ery, com­fort­ably saved by Will Nor­ris.

The U’s then took a de­served lead when a Har­ri­son Dunk header was par­ried by Ben Gar­ratt. Berry still had a lot to do but en­gi­neered space on the right and his low an­gled drive found the far cor­ner.

Cam­bridge picked up the same script in the sec­ond pe­riod, only for the home side to draw for­tu­itously level.

There ap­peared lit­tle dan­ger when Chris Dag­nall re­ceived the ball wide on the right but, in at­tempt­ing to in­ter­cept Dag­nall’s low cross, Leon Legge suc­ceeded only in turn­ing the ball past his own goal­keeper.

Crewe’s good for­tune prompted a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion by Derry as the U’s went in search of all three points.

Cam­bridge con­tin­ued to probe an in­creas­ingly over­worked home de­fence and were re­warded for their ef­forts when Berry’s su­perb 25-yard free-kick evaded Gar­ratt’s leap.

Cam­bridge were re­duced to ten men in in­jury time when Paul Lewis was sent off for a chal­lenge on Dag­nall, the U’s sub­sti­tute hav­ing only been on the field for three min­utes, although Derry in­ti­mated his in­ten­tion to ap­peal against the send­ing off.

“It was a bad af­ter­noon but it is only one bad per­for­mance in the last six, “said Crewe man­ager David Artell.

“I felt it was poor de­fend­ing for both goals but, that said, they were two qual­ity fin­ishes.

“We will now dust our­selves down, work this week on how we can im­prove, both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team, and go again next time.”


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