LEGGY’S KEY FOR U’S ‘ON AND OFF PITCH’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jack Miller

AT­TACK may some­times be the best form of de­fence, but Cam­bridge boss Shaun Derry in­sists clean sheets are the pri­or­ity at the mo­ment for his side.

The U’s had their fourth shut-out of the sea­son in mid­week against Crewe, hav­ing also pre­vented Craw­ley, Colch­ester and More­cambe from hit­ting the back of the net.

And, with Leon Legge, 32, and Greg Tay­lor, 27, at the heart of their im­pos­ing de­fence, Derry is un­der no il­lu­sions where Cam­bridge’s strengths lie.

“Good teams have a lot of clean sheets,” he said. “What it does is give you that plat­form in games where one goal is go­ing to win it.

“They have been like rocks a num­ber of times through­out this sea­son. We’re early in the sea­son, but we’ve got four clean sheets al­ready.

“Greg Tay­lor is such a com­mend­able player be­cause he’s re­li­able and, when you’ve got that re­li­a­bil­ity and the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of Leon Legge at the back, you can forge those part­ner­ships.

“Leggy’s of huge im­por­tance to this club be­cause he’s got that lead­er­ship. He’s the cap­tain and he leads by ex­am­ple, not just on Satur­day af­ter­noons and Tues­day nights but through­out the week.

“He brought up his cen­tury of games last week­end and he knows he’s been very good for me. For al­most two years now, he’s been a stand-out player.”

At the other end of the pitch, Derry will have to cope with­out for­ward Ade Azeez, 23, who has a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

He said: “We’re go­ing to be miss­ing Ade for a sus­tain­able amount of time. He’s not yet been to the spe­cial­ist to get the ab­so­lute kind of end re­sult.

“It is a knee lig­a­ment, but we’re not ex­pect­ing him back in the near fu­ture.

“This is go­ing to be one which puts him out for a large amount of time.”

ROCK: Leon Legge

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