POST-MATCH REACTION: Shaun Derry
Cambridge United Manager Shaun Derry says the U’s will take their medicine following a 4-1 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon and aim for a quick reaction next week.
United saw their six game unbeaten streak in League Two ended in dramatic fashion by the Dons, who ran in three second half goals after Luke Berry had levelled the game for the U’s before half time.
When asked to assess the performance, Derry felt his side failed to compete well enough with the physicality of the Dons and gave credit to Neal Ardley’s side.
He said: “It just didn’t go right all over the pitch for us today.
“Today’s result is a tough pill to swallow. We have been fortunate enough for the last eight or nine week to take the plaudits and enjoy the performances the group has given, whereas today we have to face the music.
“It was a poor performance by us and one that never matched any of the intensity levels that we have played with recently.
“We never embroiled ourselves into the physical battle that you need to when you play the likes of AFC Wimbledon. We didn’t compete well enough for the first ball into their front men and we never picked up the second balls to get ourselves playing.
“Fair credit to Neal [Ardley], AFC Wimbledon and everybody connected with their club because they deserved the win.”
The U’s boss says he’ll be looking for a reaction when the U’s return to training and in next weekend’s trip to Crawley Town.
He added: “Everybody is looking for a reaction, I sure am.
“I expect the boys will come back into work hurting, of course they will. I’ll look for them to be up for the count next week, because that will be an opportunity to put this performance to bed.”