Interim boss Joe Dunne pleased with how Cambridge adapted to beat Grimsby

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by PA

Interim boss Joe Dunne pleased with how Cambridge adapted to beat Grimsby

Cambridge interim head coach Joe Dunne was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Grimsby 3-1.

The match was between two sides who are currently without full-time head coaches and goals from Uche Ikpeazu, Billy Waters and George Maris secured a comfortable success for the U’s – who backed up their midweek victory at Chesterfield with another three points – before JJ Hooper’s late penalty reduced the deficit.

Grimsby meanwhile have now failed to win any of their last 13 matches, though results elsewhere meant they remain nine points above the League Two relegation zone.

Dunne felt the way his team altered their tactics played a crucial role in their eventual win.

“It was a hard-fought win in terms of how the first half went,” he said.

“We picked a very attacking team but their system probably caught us on the hop a touch. Generally we were OK with it but we had to shuffle things around at half-time and the shape was good second half.

“Overall I’m very pleased to get a home win. 3-1 is a good result and I’m very pleased for the players.

“In the second half we got to grips a lot better and we were more clinical with our play when we attacked. It was like we attacked to go and score. We were scratching around a bit in the first half but we stayed in the game.

“We felt if it was going to be a scrappy first half then so be it, just to stay in the game. In the end we did very well (in the) second half to get three goals.”

Paul Wilkinson’s first match in caretaker charge of the Mariners ended in defeat and he rued their inability to turn pressure into chances.

“It’s a disappointing result,” he reflected. “We started the game very brightly and maybe should have tested their goalkeeper a bit more than we did. But it’s disappointing to go behind with their first strike of the game.

“It’s very difficult at the moment. The minute you go 1-0 down it’s hard for the lads to suddenly think they’re going to get back into games quickly.

“In the first 15 minutes of the second half we looked as though we might be able to do something, and then the second goal really knocked us. The third one following so quickly again made it a difficult afternoon for us.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep working hard and doing the simple things well.

“We’ve got to get better in both penalty areas. We are determined to make sure that we get ourselves out of this dip that we are in at the minute.”




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