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Colin Calderwood believes that Cambridge United are at the “bottom end” of where they expected to be this season.
Despite a relatively poor run of form, the U’s remain just seven points outside the play-offs ahead of this weekend’s match against Plymouth.
After a slow start, Ryan Lowe’s side, which includes five of his former Bury FC players, is one of the form teams in League Two, having won four of their previous five outings.
And Calderwood said taking points from a team five places above them in the standings could help push them towards the play-offs ahead of the Christmas period.
“You can imagine [Plymouth needed] that little bit of settling in time [after relegation],” Calderwood said.
“There’s a number of players that obviously came from Bury and are down there. It’s no surprise that the club is edging towards the top at the minute and seem to be leading the way. Plymouth probably the ones that everyone had picked out for a promotion
“We’ve got a tough test on our hands. It’s a team in good form against a team who everyone says are not in good form. Hopefully, Plymouth will find a team in good spirits and aggressively trying to win the game.”
On their current 13th place, Calderwood added: “I think it’s at the bottom of where we think we want to be and could be.
“We have to win to keep the gap between ourselves and the bottom of the play-off teams as close as possible.
“Because Plymouth is above us, there’s an advantage in doing it to them.”Cambridge United planned new stadium Cambridge United injuries news
The former Sheffield United midfield Samir Carruthers will play some part in Cambridge United’s match against Plymouth, Colin Calderwood confirmed.
Another player who is feeling the consequences of playing too many games is George Taft, who had to be replaced during the Carlisle game due to a calf problem that he hasn’t been able to shake. He will miss this weekend,
His defensive partner Leon Davies won’t feature after picking up a knock on his knee during the defeat to Walsall but will play in a behind-closed-doors game against MK Dons next Tuesday.
There are also problems at the other end of the pitch, with Marc Richards unavailable due to a knee problem, which he received further treatment for this week.
Leading goal scorer Sam Smith, who has been playing through a groin niggle for the past few weeks. Sam has carried a little bit of a groin problem for three, four weeks. He’s always managed to get to a Saturday though. With the break, we felt it was time for him to come out of training and settle it down in the best way possible as you’re not missing any game action. He will train today, and we’ll see how he feels, but always with a caution in my head about pushing him too far.Argyle news
The Pilgrims have been in imperious form of late; earning back-to-back wins against sides who, at the time, were among the automatic promotion spots, in Forest Green and Bradford, and Antoni Sarcevic’s late penalty at League One Bristol Rovers kept us in with a shout of progressing to the Emirates FA Cup third round.
“I think the run of form we’re in at the minute, we’re just trying to carry that into each game and play as well as we can,” said Alex. “If we play to the best of our ability, then we know were going to get results. “
“We know that Cambridge away from home will be a tough game, but we also know that if we play as well as we can, we can get a result. I played them last year when I made my debut for Oldham. They are a good team and have good players, but it is about us.”
Alex, being the last line of defence, has been particularly pleased with what he has seen in front of him in recent weeks, having conceded just twice, and one of those was from his own player during the Bradford win.
“It [the defence] has been really good in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “We have been putting in some good displays and defensively we’ve been pretty solid, that is testament to how well we’ve been playing.
“This is the kind of football we play and we were always going to take time to gel and make connections with each other as well. It was only a matter of time before we would gel.
Former Liverpool and England under-21s head physio Dave Galley has been brought in to work for Plymouth Argyle.
It follows the departure of the long-serving Paul Atkinson, who had two spells at Home Park.Argyle injuries news
Just two are injured, Callum McFadzean was training with the rest of the Plymouth Argyle squad today in a bid to prove his fitness for the League Two trip to Cambridge United on Saturday.
Confirmation that defender Will Aimson would continue to be side lined after the recurrence of a pelvic problem. Schumacher added: “Will won’t be ready for the weekend
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