Same old, Same old
Q. How long does it take for an optimism bubble to burst?
A. About 47 minutes
I may be being a bit harsh here, but this was not the start of the season anyone at Cambridge United wanted. It took just 47 minutes for most of us there to realize, that if we do not get some good strikers in we are never going to get out of this league. Give Northwich some credit, they came for their point, they came to spoil and they ended up leaving with everything. They took their game plan and executed it perfectly.
Cambridge created a few opportunities, but like last season, they all seemed to fall to midfield men, and the strikers were horribly absent. This was typified just after Northwich scored when Hanlon forced the keeper to make a good save, and as the ball spilled out, there was not striker in sight to tuck it away. They will certainly have to redeem themselves on Tuesday night at St. Albans or the promotion dreams will all be over before we even start.
So what must they do, sharpen up the defence, watch the runners and get the ball into feet as quickly as possible. It all sounds easy, it won't be St. Albans are a hungry side, and if we allow them to bully us, like Northwich did we are sunk. We also need a referee who can take control of the game and give the right decisions at the right time. We didn't have this on Saturday, but we cannot hide behind it as an excuse. Rob Newman said it was a collective bad day at the office, let us hope so, for his sake anyway.