Cambridge Programme

Saturday, 2 April 2005, 0:00
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In The Programme – Cambridge United

Well that was quite an Easter weekend wasn’t it? A great win here at the Vetch on Good Friday was followed up with an equally important win against Cheltenham on Monday. All of a sudden we are right back in there and as we approach kick off today only goal difference is currently separating us from a place in the top three.

The change of formation to three up front has certainly paid dividends and caused problems for the opposition. So much so that we have seen opponents sent off in consecutive games, some of that is down to sheer frustration. It has to be said that Jon Parkin completely lost his head last Friday and I felt throughout that game that he was a red card waiting to happen – the only surprise perhaps was that it took so long?

We have a great chance here today to grab three more points although it would be very unwise of us to under estimate the opposition despite their league position. It is looking pretty bleak at the moment for Cambridge fans as they prop up the table as they have done for so long and we do know what they are feeling like – remember it was only two years since we were in that position. They do have the chance to get out of it but it will be hard work for them and, sorry to those that have travelled, we need to make it even harder for you after today.

The downside of last weekend was of course the Welsh game in Cardiff. Although I did feel that we played better in the game then we had done in recent internationals it still made no difference to the result as two late goals made it two years without a win in a competitive game. More worryingly for us it is now one win in twenty-one World Cup qualifiers – how damming a statistic is that? As you read this we may have doubled that tally on Wednesday in Austria but the signs aren’t good and Tosh has a big building job on his hands to get us anywhere near Euro 2008. And that makes me feel very sad indeed!

Today’s game is of course one of the last three league games at the Vetch which now has just twenty eight days to run. Well, add a few more for the FAW Premier Cup final and maybe a few more again for a potential play off game. It’s sad that the game always billed as the last game now is not going to be but for many it will still be treated as such certainly if we avoid the lottery of the play offs. Either way we have to be aiming to take nine points from the three league games here, and considering we haven’t lost a league game at the Vetch since New Year’s Day against Yeovil then it’s not a bad figure to take away?

Kenny Jackett has got a decision to make today as well now that Sam Ricketts has returned from international duty. Sam seems to have settled in well into the Wales team despite what the Cardiff media like to think (hint of bias?) and the worrying thought for me is that we may struggle to hold onto him if we do fail to make promotion? The thought of losing any of our team because of missing out should be enough reason to ensure that we don’t do exactly that and that should be the message that we are getting out there

A final word about our visitors. It is sad to see a side like Cambridge in the position they are in both on and off the pitch. I can certainly remember in the not too distant past a team built by John Ward reaching two FA Cup quarter finals and pushing at the higher ends of the football league. It just goes to show that a few problems, a few bad results and the rot can soon set in. Maybe some of our friends in blue up the road may like to remember that when they take further advice from Peter Risdale which must compare to asking Nick Leeson to look after your offshore investments?

Anyhow that is it from me for another week – here’s to three more points this afternoon and hopefully a place in the top three come 5pm

C’MON THE JACKS!

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