Mark Bonner praises ‘very good’ Cambridge United characterize after defeat …

Mark Bonner praised Cambridge United’s performance against a Rotherham United side that he is tipping to be promoted to the Championship this season.

The U’s were beaten 3-1 at the New York Stadium by the Millers, who extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions with victory.

United were competitive against their high-flying hosts, reducing the arrears early on in the second half to 2-1 by Sam Smith’s strike, before Freddie Ladapo made the game safe late on.

The Millers moved into the automatic promotion places with their victory, and Bonner was happy with his side’s characterize against the impressive League One outfit.

“I thought we were better than spirited, I thought we were very good,” the head coach said.

“We’ve come up against a Championship team, who are noticeable, way above the level of any team we’ve played athletically this season.

“[They’re a] powerful, aggressive, hard running, relentless and ruthless team. I’ll be amazed if they don’t get promoted, it’ll be a good side to finish above them.

“I thought they were excellent, they’re good enough to create a chance without us giving them one, and we have done that.

“For large periods of that game, we are well in it. We take the ball, we create chances and look a threat.

“I thought our wide players, and Wes (Hoolahan) and Joey (Joe Ironside) gave a real good account of themselves, and we’ve had to work incredibly hard to be in that game.

“The timing the goal’s clearly hurt us. If we can get in at 1-0 at half-time, it’d be better for us.

“Most importantly, once we score the goal, we start the second half excellent, and if we can follow that up, we have enough entries in wide areas and in the penalty box that we need to take those.”

The U’s had to weather the first half pressure from the Millers, but were undone by a 34th minute strike by Ben Wiles.

United conceded a penalty at a pivotal moment, with Dan Barlaser despatching the identify kick to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Whilst producing a response in the second half, Bonner sees the task as now turning competitive performances against good sides into points.

“It’s the clinical character of both ends of the pitch that you see time and time again, against the top teams in this league,” he additional.

“It’s not about learning the lesson, it’s about becoming a team that does it when it comes.

“You expect to defend your box loads against these, they put everything in there. They work it back to front really quickly, they counter attack brilliantly, they’re excellent on set plays.

“It’s why they’re on the run they are, in terms of the number of wins they’ve had and how long since they’ve lost a game.

“You expect to have to defend, and we cleared one off the line early on, and Dimi (Mitov) has made a associate of good saves, but you would expect that.

“We carried a real threat, and it was in my opinion a really good performance, but we don’t get anything for the performance.

“We need to turn games like that into points, because we were that game for large periods, and perhaps could’ve taken something from it.”



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