Table-Topping Incentive For U's
Gavin Massey has admitted that the prospect of climbing to the summit of the League One table is a major incentive for the U's as they prepare for tomorrow night's game with Carlisle.
The Cumbrians have suffered so far this season, having conceded thirteen goals in their opening three games, and U's fans will be hoping to continue their woes tomorrow night.
With the U's playing earlier than the rest of the division, they know that three more points will, at the very least, leave them joint top of the table with Wolves should they beat Crawley in the live TV game.
And, speaking to BBC Essex ahead of the game, Massey admits that the U's will be keen to seize that opportunity.
'We're relishing the prospect of Friday night and the chance to go top of the league which is a big incentive for the boys,' he explained. 'It's a good type of pressure and the boys can relish it.
'We're on a good run, we're a lot more confident and we're not worried about what players Carlisle might have back - if we play our own game and get it right we'll trouble a lot of teams.'
Last time the U's faced Carlisle, the situation was an altogether different one with the U's battling desperately to avoid the drop. Massey played a big hand in that, netting the U's opening goal of the final day decider.
Having beaten the Cumbrians 2-0 on both occasions last season, the U's back line has been equally solid this season with four clean sheets in the past five games, with a goalkeeping error the cause of the most recent.
And Massey has praised the U's defensive resolve as a big part of the recent successes.
'1-0 victories sound tight, but it's good to get clean sheets,' he explained. 'Credit to the goalkeeper, back four and the whole team in fact - we've been strong as a whole team.
'We know what it is like to be down there and we don't want to be back there, so last season is still something to think about. But we're enjoying our football and we hae a quality about us - the boys are loving that.'
Massey opened his account for the season in the 1-0 win over Port Vale and expressed his relief at doing so early on in the campaign, but also admits the U's need to be more clinical in front of goal.
Indeed, a host of chances went begging in the win over the Valiants, and that is the next issue to resolve for Dunne's men - hopefully, starting tomorrow night.
Massey finished: 'We feel comfortable in front but that's what we need to do now - use our opportunities to put the game to bed.
'We had a lot of chances against Port Vale to score more, and the fans have seen what we're capable of now.'
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