Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner says his team will prepare to handle any squad rotation from Fleetwood Town in order to curtail their attacking threat when they play host to them on Saturday.
After a tough start to the season — losing their opening three league matches — the Cod Army are now finding their rhythm as they are on a four game unbeaten run in League One, notching eleven goals in the process.
Fleetwood Town boss Simon Grayson has employed various tactics this season especially due to their injury crisis, but the variance formations haven’t quite yielded positive results consistently.
Bonner, whose side sit 14th, told Cambridge News: “They’ve been willing to change the shape of their team at the start, or certainly in game, to get the results that they need.
“I think we’ll need a bit of flexibility in our approach tactically, and we’ll need an ability to really adjust as the game goes on, because we know they’re a team that do that themselves.
“They’ve played a back three and four, a front two and three, a midfield three with a one plus two or a two plus one. They’ve played with wingers, wing-backs and full-backs.”
The U’s manager also noted Fleetwood’s fierce attacking line, applauding their fine goalscoring form: “They’re a definite goal threat. You score four at Rotherham and then two against Sunderland, you know you’re up against a team that have got real firepower in the team.
“They’ve signed well there, Callum Morton’s a real threat for them up the top of the pitch.”
Very smart thinking from Mark Bonner to swiftly identify the peculiarities of his opponent before facing them in two days time.
By so doing, Cambridge United will be well equipped to compete against a flexible Fleetwood outfit, and even capitalise on their loopholes, if any.
Though the likely formation Grayson will adopt remains unpredictable, a very strong Cambridge defensive performance will be needed to keep in-form strikers Garner and Morton at arm’s length.