Mark Bonner will be hoping his U’s side can get their first league win under their belt as they travel to Devon tonight to face Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth side
Cambridge United’s last league outing ended in a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley which leaves the Cambridgeshire club languishing in 17th, so the U’s will be desperate to bounce back and get the all-important three points as they adjust to life in League One.
Bonner and his side will be buoyed up by their previous league encounters with Plymouth Argyle when both sides faced each other in League Two, with the U’s coming out on top in the home fixture and a goalless draw in the return fixture in Plymouth.
As per Cambridge Independent: “We know what a tough game it will be,” said Bonner. “We went there a couple of seasons ago and had a really tricky game. They’ve done well in League One over the last couple of years. Ryan Lowe has built a good side; they’ve recruited really well in the summer. We know we’re in for a tough game, but we’ve got to give ourselves the best chance, and be really competitive.”
Plymouth will be hoping to make it two league wins on the bounce after their first league win of this season at home to Gillingham United. It was Argyle forward Luke Jephcot who scored the only goal of the game right at the death with only two minutes left of normal time remaining.
Bonner continues: They have signed well defensively this year, the additions of Galloway, Gillesphey, Scar, Wilson, they have really changed the back end of the team. They will be looking of course to bring that organisation to their team. From our point of view, it’s how we crack that and deal with the style they’ve got, the size they make the pitch, how well they move the ball and how we deal with their attacking midfield players.”
The U’s will be looking to travel down to Home Park and give a good account of themselves, keeping their shape tight and be hard to breakdown however Plymouth will be hoping that their new additions at the back coupled with the double act of Jephcot and Ryan Hardie up top will be enough quality to blow away the U’s and earn them the victory.
This will be no easy tie for recently promoted Cambridge United who are still trying to find their feet in League One.
This will not be helped by the green army talisman Luke Jephcot finding the net in Plymouth’s previous win over the Gills to open his account for the league campaign.
A confident Jephcot firing on all cylinders is never a good sign for any side’s rear-guard in League One as the Welsh forward will look to improve on his impressive goal tally of 16 last league campaign. If previous results are to go by, however, Mark Bonner’s men may well be leaving Devon with a share of the spoils.