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Albrighton predicts Cambridge win

Mark Albrighton
Albrighton was part of the U's side which lost last season's final

Former Cambridge United defender Mark Albrighton has said the U's should have the edge over promotion rivals Torquay at Wembley on Sunday.

Albrighton - now with Stevenage - was part of the Cambridge side which lost to Exeter in last season's Blue Square Premier play-off final.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "They're both good sides, but look at Exeter - second time lucky last year.

"That experience counts so Cambridge should have a bit of an advantage."

Albrighton supports the view of several members of the Cambridge side, who believe they were overawed by the occasion 12 months ago, when Exeter beat them 1-0, having lost to Morecambe the previous year.

"All the hype, all the interviews, Wembley is a massive stage and the home of football," he said.

"We're used to playing in front of three or four thousand a week and there it's 30,000 plus."

The 33-year-old, whose Stevenage side lost to Cambridge in the play-off semi-finals, says the key to victory will be for the U's to stick to the style which has served them well this season.

"[Former U's boss] Jimmy Quinn wanted us to play a different way in the final last year and it didn't work," he said.

"Looking back, I'd say go in there full of confidence and enjoy the day and give it your all as you might not get another chance."



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