Off the back of Saturday’s win over League One leaders Wigan Athletic, Mark Bonner’s men prepare to host Charlton Athletic at the Abbey…
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Having failed to make the play-offs last season after missing out on goal difference, the Addicks looked destined to be battling it out amongst the top six prior to the new season. However, managing to secure only two wins in their opening 13 games saw Charlton mired in the bottom four midway through October, a run in which ultimately cost Nigel Adkins his job.
Renewed optimism later returned to the Valley after club icon Johnnie Jackson once again impressed while in temporary charge of the club for the second time, with the Camden born manager later being handed the reigns on a full-time basis following a run of six wins in his opening nine, setting the Addicks up in good stead for the second half of the season.
The Addicks will be looking to bounce back at the Abbey on Tuesday night, having lost 3-2 to Morecambe at the Valley on Good Friday, with Stockley and Aneke’s goals not enough to deny the Shrimps picking up a vital three points in their battle for survival.
Cambridge United form: WWLWW
Charlton Athletic form: WLDWL
How United go into the fixture
Harvey Knibbs and Sam Smith secured another memorable win for United as Mark Bonner’s men overcame title challenges Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday; in turn picking up their 15th League One win of the campaign.
United head into Tuesday’s penultimate Abbey showdown of the season having won four of their last five outings, only tasting defeat in their last outing at the Abbey, against Wycombe.
Mark Bonner will be without both Sam Sherring and Harrison Dunk ahead of Tuesday night, who were both out of Saturday’s win. However, the boss did confirm that Wes Hoolahan would return to action.
Cambridge United wins: 8
Charlton Athletic wins: 6
Down Memory Lane
Conor Washington stole the show in the return fixture in November, scoring both goals as the Addicks ran out 2-0 winners at the Valley, with the home side that day enduring their best run of the season under the stewardship of Johnnie Jackson.
Prior to November’s clash, the U’s had not locked horns with Charlton this millennium, having been separated by as many as five divisions throughout the noughties.
Perhaps surprisingly, history favours Mark Bonner’s side heading into tonight’s game, with the U’s enjoying eight wins over the Addicks since 1973, two more than their counterparts, who have beaten the U’s on six occasions over the last 49 years.
Paul Howard will referee Tuesday night’s game at the Abbey. It will be the first time since the U’s 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town in September that Howard has taken charge of one of United’s games.
Howard will be joined by assistants Leigh Crowhurst and Josesph Stokes ahead of Saturday’s clash, with Declan Ford being appointed as the game’s fourth official.