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Cambridge Preview

Andy Phillips previews the trip to Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon.

16 February 2018

TOWN head to Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Paul Wilkinson looks to begin his caretaker reign with three points.

The former Town striker took charge earlier in the week after boss Russell Slade left the club, and he will now be looking to turn around the fortunes of a Town side that have been improving in terms of performance but still aren't getting the results in recent weeks.

The Mariners will take on a Cambridge team that are without a permanent manager themselves, so both sides will be looking to take advantage of what is a unique situation.

Town to make changes

Caretaker boss Paul Wilkinson didn't reveal much team news in his pre match press conference on Thursday, but two men that will continue to be missing are Danny Collins and Mitch Rose, who are recovering from a head injury an serving a suspension respectively.

It remains to be seen whether Siriki Dembele and loan goalkeeper Jake Kean will be fit to be a part of the squad, or if Wilkinson will make any changes to the side that has been playing in recent weeks, 

Cambridge looking to turn form around  

It has been a difficult few weeks for Cambidge, but they did pick up a 3-2 victory at Chesterfield in mid-week so will come into the game with a bit of confidence.

That victory was their first in 12 games, which was a run that saw manager Shaun Derry leave the club two weeks ago.

First team coaches Joe Dunne and Mark Bonner are currently in charge until a replacement is found an will be hoping that they can finish the season strongly.

The side have plenty of quality at their disposal, with striker Uche Ikpeachu hitting 12 goals so far this campaign and the likes of Barry Corr and Leon Legge bring experience to the side.

Form guide

Cambridge: LWDLDLLLDW

Grimsby: DLLLLDLLDL

Last time out

The reverse fixture between the two sides back in October was a goalless draw at Blundell Park,

Town went close through Sam Jones and Scott Vernon in particular but were unable to break the dealock in a frustrating afternoon.

Town did the double over the U's last season and have a good recent record against Cambrige, so will be looking to continue that at the weekend.

Managers in summary

Paul Wilkinson: ''I started here, and it’s always had a special place in my heart. It’s the place that gave me the chance to launch my career, and I always wanted to come back and help them out, and I want to repay them. I’m looking forward to it, it’s important that from this moment we get everybody behind us. It’s a 13-game season now, and it’s very important for us to get back on track. I’ve got the players in a very positive frame of mind looking forward to tomorrow, and we’re ready for the fight.”

Joe Dunne: ''It’s a unique game, it’s a one off in terms of the situation both teams find themselves in. We can’t control what Grimsby do it terms of their preparation for the game, we can only look at what we do and try and go out there on Saturday to try and give the best performance that we can to take maximum points and again that’s all my focus is.''

 

 

 

                                                         


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