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6 January 2016

Kick Off 3pm - Stadium

The U’s travel to mid-table Crawley Town on Saturday looking to bounce back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two at the Stadium.

A defeat to AFC Wimbledon last weekend at the Abbey Stadium, brought an end to a six match unbeaten run for the U’s which included five wins and had moved United within one point of the play-offs. Shaun Derry’s side will therefore be looking to embark on another lucrative run in the Football League this Saturday.

Greg Taylor will unfortunately play no further part in this campaign as his ankle injury was worse than first feared and will require surgery. Cameron Gayle still looks to be three weeks away from a return, whilst Ryan Donaldson and Keith Keane are also both side-lined. 

Rory Gaffney is set to be welcomed back into the fold after his successful loan spell at Bristol Rovers and new loan signing Darnell Furlong could be in line to make his first appearance for the U’s. 

Meanwhile, Crawley Town head into the weekend on the back of two losses with the Sussex side currently sat five points behind the U’s in 14th place and looking to push on for the play-offs.

However, the head to head record is in favour of the hosts who have won nine of the 15 meetings between the sides, in comparison to the U’s two victories. 

Shaun Derry praised the home record of Mark Yates’ men this season and stated the U’s will need to maintain their concentration if they are to return with three points.

He said: “I’ve watched Crawley a number of times at home and they can be pretty formidable.”

He added: “However, without being disrespectful to the opponent, once again the game has to be about us. 

“I want us to concentrate on Cambridge and when we have done that in the last seven or eight weeks we have been successful.” 

The U’s boss feels last weekend’s result against the Dons is an indication of the competitiveness of League Two, and added: “Last weekend’s result shows us the tough nature of this division. I still think there are some really big clubs in the league and it will be tougher this season to get out of League Two than it will be to get out of League One.

“There are at least nine teams vying for that top seven finish and I want us to be one of them.”

Tickets for the game are now off sale online and in the club shop, but U’s fans that wish to make the journey to support Shaun Derry’s men can secure tickets on the gate at the Stadium.

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