We had 5 pre season matches lined up with only Tottenham Hotspur likely to provide us with a stiff examination but we passed all 5 with flying colours, beating our parent club 2-1 on the way.
This gave me great confidence in my players and the season ahead. We started the season at home to Bolton Wanderers and produced a great performance to beat them 4-1. The fans really started pouring in and we sold all 7000 season tickets for the first time since I have been in charge. Our first Capital One Cup was against Southend and I put out a weakened squad to see if we could avoid an upset and we scrapped it through 1-0.
The next game in the league was our first away game and the key was to avoid defeat but what is disappointing is we could have come away with a win if it wasn't for a late equalising goal. I wasn't too angry because we played attractive and dominating football.
We progressed through the COC after beating Southampton in extra time with Townsend getting the winning goal but suffered our first loss to West Ham. It was a narrow one away from home and I was hoping we could snatch a late goal but it wasn't to be. The next COC game was against Premiership side Newcastle away from home and we snuck a 1-0 win, setting up a tie against Man Utd at the Theatre of Dreams.
So far, 11 games in to the season we've had an excellent start and I've been surprised as to how well the boys have adapted to this league. Cambridge United are on the up and up and we're motoring away, sitting in 2nd behind Watford but there are 3 teams level on points at the top and it's very tight for any team to pull away yet.