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Final day is a U's bonus - Carden

Paul Carden
Carden has started 39 Blue Square Premier games this season

Cambridge United assistant Paul Carden believes his side have been given a "free shot" at winning the Blue Square Premier thanks to Burton's poor form.

The U's are three points behind the Brewers with just one match to play.

Carden told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "We've clawed the points back to the stage where we can potentially win it.

"The pressure is off us, we've achieved our aim of getting into the play-offs and this is a free shot to win the league in one game."

Burton have won just four of their last 12 games, whilst the U's have lost two in 17.

On Saturday, Cambridge host Altrincham whilst Roy McFarland's side make the long trip to play-off chasing Torquay.

Defeat for the Brewers, coupled with three points for the U's and a swing of five goals would complete a remarkable turn around.

Carden knows automatic promotion remains unlikely, but admits he never expected to be battling for the title come the final day.

"It's quite an unusual situation which doesn't happen often. In this league, teams normally run away with the title, so it's a bit unique and a bit special," he said.

Even with a favour from Torquay, Cambridge are going to need to score a few goals past Altrincham, but Carden says they will not be naming an overly attacking starting 11.

"We won't do anything stupid, we won't be playing five strikers or anything like that," he said.

"We've just got to play as we always do and see what the gods bring."



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