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30 December 2017 Venue Proact Stadium Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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McGreal - Harder Work Starts Now

Head Coach challenges U's players to continue good form

28 December 2017

The U's have got to work hard to keep the recent run going, according to John McGreal.

Going into the final game of 2017, a trip to Chesterfield on Saturday, the U's sit fifth in the League Two table following a run of only two defeats in fifteen matches.

Nine victories have come the U's way in that time, and only Notts County and Carlisle United have managed to take all three points off McGreal's side.

But the U's Head Coach insists that no-one can take anything for granted in the second half of the season.

He told the assembled press ahead of the weekend  trip: "All credit must go to the players for the recent run we've been on."

"But the harder work starts now, there can't be any letting up of standards or any dropping off of the hard work that has got us where we are.

"Every team in the division poses a threat and we will have to be on our game in every single fixture if we are to maintain our run, starting on Saturday at Chesterfield."

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U's Held At Chesterfield

Year ends with a point in Derbyshire

30 December 2017

The U's have drawn 0-0 against Chesterfield in their final game of 2017.

John McGreal's side finished the year with a goalless draw, as they were held 0-0 at the Proact Stadium.

There weren't any goals in the first period, but Sammie Szmodics for the U's and Joe Rowley for the hosts  might have opened the scoring for their respective sides. 

Neither side could break the deadlock after the break either, with Szmodics coming the closest for the U's with a shot from the edge of the box.

For the fourth match in succession, John McGreal picked the same starting line-up, and the bench for the U’s was the same as it was at Crawley on Boxing Day.

The hosts were sitting second bottom of League two, but they looked confident in their own ability in the early stages, without testing Sam Walker in the U’s goal.

It was the U’s who had the first clear sight of goal though, as Drey Wright and Ryan Jackson combined on the right to set up Sammie Szmodics ten yards out.

His sidefoot finish was just too close to Eastwood in the Chesterfield goal, and the chance went begging.

Less than a minute later, it was Walker making a vital save at the other end when he stood up well at the near post to block a Rowley shot.

In the following minutes, the U’s had a number of opportunities to get in behind the home defence but through balls were overhit and failed to find forward runners.

The nearest effort, on twenty nine minutes, found Jackson and Kyel Reid just miss another cross into the box, before the latter put his own cross over the U’s players in the box.

In the last fifteen minutes of the first half, it was the hosts that had the better of things and created a number of chances.

Kellett shot straight at Walker on thirty one minutes, before Walker somehow prevented Rowley heading into an empty net after Vincent-Young’s miscued clearance went straight to the home winger with the goal gaping.

McCourt then hit his long range effort wide, before Rowley had the final effort of the half.

He picked the ball up thirty five yards out, waltzed past a couple of challenges but then shot well wide of the target.

That was the last goalmouth action of the half, and while both managers might have ben happy with their team’s built-up play, neither would have been impressed with the final shot or pass in the offensive end of the pitch.

The hosts finished the first half on the front foot, and that continued at the start of the second period.

Within a minute, Binnon-Williams cut inside and hit a shot inches wide of the target, before he was denied by the legs of Walker.

Drey Wright should have opened the scoring at the other end on fifty seven minutes, but shot straight at Westwood after good work from Eastman, Mandron and Szmodics.

Kane Vincent-Young was next to test Westwood, but the shot was comfortable for the home keeper.

Szmodics shot just wide from the edge of the box on seventy minutes, and that was his last action as he was replaced by Sean Murray four minutes later.

The U’s were on top now, and Jackson got in a great position inside the box on the right but crossed straight to a home defender.

McGreal made another change to his attack with eight minutes to go, bringing on Kurtis Guthrie for Mandron, but the U’s couldn’t force a winner.

And after three minutes of injury time, the referee blew the final whistle on an entertaining 0-0 draw.

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