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18 September 2022



18 September 2022

Going down to ten and keeping out a team that have won every game at home in the league  so far, the Reds defence deserve huge praise for their efforts on Saturday.

None more so than Mads Andersen, playing every minute at The Abbey as well as throughout the 22/23 season so far. The Dane has impressed with his performances this campaign, continuing in Cambridge on Saturday.

Overall, our skipper was pleased with the afternoon's work: "I am very happy," smiled Andersen.

"It was a bit of an up and down game. We started very well, we went one nil up, and then we kind of went into their game. Stopped doing the plan of what we had to do and we struggled a bit from the goal to the start of the second half.

"We got the red card, started to invest more and made some subs. They came in and did a great job. We put a lot of energy in it, positive runs, belief and then we scored some good goals."

Saturday's result becomes our fourth clean sheet in nine league games and marks consecutive league away victories without conceding, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 last time out on the road.

Andersen believes the Reds need to become more clinical in both boxes, despite the growing defensive unit emerging within the side.

"We invested so much," said our centre-half. "I think we can be clinical in both boxes in the first half because they had a few chances as well which we will take a look at and improve. I thought overall it was quite a game!

"I'm happy with the three points."

An aerial challenge involving Sam Smith and Brad Collins in the second half left our 'keeper coming off worse from the clash and having to receive lengthy treatment on the pitch before being substituted.

The team rallied for Brad and used the setback as extra motivation to get the job done for their teammate.

"You get upset," Mads admitted. "For me personally it was actually tough for me to help him off of the pitch with his arm on my shoulder. I hope it's not that bad and I hope the best for him.

"When that has gone, we have to keep our head in the game, tune in and do the job. Invest, be present; we did all those things and we won 3-0."

The injury to Brad meant the services of Jamie Searle were called upon from the bench in a very challenging scenario, being 1-0 up and down to 10.

However, Andersen congratulated the New Zealander on how he handled the situation and on making his debut for the Club.

"He did very well. It's not an easy situation to come into. So yes, I'm happy for him.

Mads also was full of praise for his defensive partner, Robbie Cundy, for scoring his first goal for the Club and being part of the joint effort that helped shut out the U's on Saturday.

"Congratulations Rob," he beamed. "I'm happy for him. It was the perfect timing for him to score a goal. I almost felt like I scored as well when we were celebrating together. I'm very happy for him."

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