Cambridge United boss Mark Bonner is expecting a stern challenge from mid-table Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet League One match at the Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner disagrees with the suggestion that tomorrow’s game with Charlton Athletic is a favorable match because the opposition have little to play for.

The Addex ran out winners 4-1 at Morecambe Stadium on Tuesday night – a result that ended a run of five consecutive matches without a win and lifted them up to 12th in the Sky Bet League One table.

With 10 games remaining, Dean Holden’s men are in no danger of relegation due to a 12-point gap in fourth place, while trailing by nearly 20 points in the playoffs.

Harvey Nibbs scored away at Charlton Athletic earlier in the season.  Photo: Simon Lancaster
Harvey Nibbs scored away at Charlton Athletic earlier in the season. Photo: Simon Lancaster

However, with Holden’s boss having recently signed a new deal to stay in The Valley until the summer of 2026, Bonner expects to face a group determined to end the campaign on a positive note.

They have mixed a back four and a back three and made a lot of changes from game to game.

“There have been some real regulars who are regulars who don’t play on Tuesdays and might come back into the squad, so it’s hard for them to think a lot about their squad.

“They definitely play an attacking structure with the wings, wide players, with the full-backs moving forward and they have good flexibility in midfield.

“It’s a physical team and they scored some good games last night. It’s not something they’ve had great success with, but they did on Tuesday night at Morecambe.

“They are at that stage of the season where the manager has just signed a new contract, so the players will probably be looking to impress next season. And although their season has ended – with inverted breaks – in terms of any danger at the bottom end or any fun at the top end, a club This puts real pressure on you to be at your best all the time.

“They will certainly want to finish the last 10 games strong and finish as high of the table as possible. They are looking like a motivated team at the moment, and that is something we have to be ready for.”

Conor McGrandles will miss United at the Abbey Stadium after joining on loan from Charlton during the January transfer window. Steve Seddon and Liam O’Neill have been struggling with illness and will have late scans, while Harvey Nipes could fit into the starting line-up after returning from injury as a substitute at MK Dons last weekend.

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