I read this week that the last time United failed to make it to the third round of the FA Cup was 1981/82, but considering that we’ve played only six seasons outside the top two divisions since then it’s one of those hardly surprising statistics that get thrown out with regularity.
But considering that we’ve played only six seasons outside the top two divisions since then it’s one of those hardly surprising statistics that get thrown out with regularity.
A few pundits predicted that Cambridge United might be the team to end that record, and looking at their form all season, it might not have been such a shock if they had. Two months ago United certainly would have lost this match but Nigel Clough has soon got the team better organised and does a good job in making sure everybody knows exactly what they have to do.
Without Tony McMahon and Darryl Westlake, we picked Matt Hill to play right back (as he did a few times last season) and Simon Lappin left back, but Cloughie had other ideas. Ryan Flynn has always had the makings of a good full back (the strongest part of his game as a winger is getting back to cover) and he worked really with Conor Coady on the right. Lappin, meanwhile, started wide left and moved inside when Stephen McGinn went off. He did well in both positions, now looking nothing like the player who couldn’t do a thing right on his debut.
Jamie Murphy came on and showed the talent we’ve only seen glimpses of during his eleven and a half months at the Lane. I thought with a full pre-season we’d see the best of him, but we certainly haven’t so far. When he got the ball on the left I was shouting “Go outside” but he came inside and scored. What do I know?