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Rowett reviews Cambridge success

The manager speaks...

24 August 2021

Gary Rowett stated that his side "navigated" Tuesday night's Carabao Cup Second Round tie against Cambridge United.

Murray Wallace's double and Matt Smith's second-half strike ensured a safe passage into Round Three of the competition with a 3-1 victory at The Den, and the boss told after the final whistle of his thoughts on the encounter.

"You want to try and navigate through these games without too many injuries and putting too many regular starters out there, where they could go into the weekend with too much fatigue," he said.

"I thought we just about did those things. Some players who haven't started many games, I asked them for that little bit of brightness and mentality and to match Cambridge's work-rate to win the tie. I thought Cambridge were excellent, by the way.

"To go a goal down - it's another set piece, which is disappointing. We responded really well, though, hitting Smudge on the angle and playing a bit more directly into those positions, creating chances. Bradders has a couple of chances early on, and then it's a brilliant strike from Muzza - he won't mind me saying he doesn't do that too often! - and then the second goal, Smudge is disappointed he doesn't score, but then Muzza follows in.

"At that point, you start to see a little bit more confidence in the team and the players. Longy made one really good save in the second-half, which would've made the game more interesting at the end, but I think we navigated the tie and got a bit out of it."

Click play on the video above to hear in full from Gary Rowett.

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