Huge thanks to Cambridge fan Owen Mizon for taking up the offer of answering our questions this week. We appreciate his time and effort in coming back to us.
1. Have things changed off the field for you after turmoil last season?
If anything, I believe there’s more turmoil this season. A lack of investment has, thus far, backfired completely. It’s ludicrous as to where the Manchester United money went from our ties in 2015. It’s safe to say, the United faithful want answers. More additions to strengthen the side in the summer was pivotal, this never happened. Roll on January, eh?
2. How do you feel the season has started and what are your hopes going forward?
Of course, I’m quite disquiet. Shocked too, to say the least. It’s the same 11 that finished last season so strongly, bar Uche Ikpeazu and Billy Waters. So there was a real sense of optimism in the air. Lying 23rd in the table, the only way has to be up… surely? I can’t see us going down personally, we’re playing very good football at times and creating chances, but just not capitalising on it. We have a tendency to make the odd mistake each match, which always proves costly. We lack ruthlessness, a clinical striker is vital.
3. Joe Dunne – discuss
He’s honest, he’s someone you’d fight for on that pitch. Was a three-year deal in May sensible? Probably not. It’s tough in football, just how much of the blame should the manager take? It’s been debatable as to what exactly Joe has been teaching the players in training over the past few weeks. I enjoy listening to the man, his philosophy is intriguing and I’m fully backing him to get us out of this rut.
4. Which player would you mark out as the real dangerman for city to keep an eye on this weekend?
Reggie Lambe is playing some good football recently. Should probably come into this game full of confidence after a hat-trick for Bermuda last Friday. He’ll be key if the U’s do come home from Sincil Bank with a point or three.
5. What are your honest perceptions of the Imps, as a club as well as on the field?
I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that it’s been a fairytale for the Imps the past few years. Things just seem to get better under the Cowley brothers who have just been superb. Your summer acquisitions were very sensible, completing that already-strong jigsaw. Things will only get better. You’ll go up this season as champions and hold your own extremely well in League One I believe.
6. Who is your all-time Cambridge hero and why?
I grew up watching United as a mid-table Conference side. I’ve never really had favourites if I’m completely honest. But the likes of Scott Rendell and Delano Sam-Yorke I salute for providing us with wonderful play-off memories at the Abbey. Luke Berry was a thrill to watch too.
7. Finally, what can Lincoln fans expect to see this weekend, in terms of style and approach?
Lincoln City can expect Cambridge United to give it a real go. We know it’s going to be a big ask to even share the spoils, but we’ll create chances I’m sure and you’ll see some nice link-up play between George Maris and Jevani Brown. A tough encounter, but one I’ll relish.