Joe Dunne questioned his players attitude after they slipped to a home defeat against Carlisle this weekend.
The U’s were fancied as an outside bet for a promotion tilt this season, but a horrible start has left them floundering in 19th place in the early table.
Dunne, who took the job permanently in the summer, wasn’t happy after the home capitulation, least of all as his side led through a first-half strike.
“You just look at it and you think we’re a Jekyll and Hyde team. It’s the classic story isn’t it,” Dunne told Cambridgeshire Live. “We should’ve scored more goals. The ball should go in the net. You can talk about good saves, good clearances, the ball should go in the net. Ball goes in and we’re 2-0 up, and the game is dead.”
Despite the fine margins, he complained he doesn’t like what he sees when looking into some player’s eyes.
“Sometimes you look in players’ eyes and you see dead eyes. That concerns me. Not just for football, but other reasons. You’ve got to find a way to be brave. Find courage and bravery.”
Dunne is a manager struggling to get a grasp of his side. Players who should be doing more, such as David Amoo, are not. They’re lacking goals too, Ade Azeez doesn’t seem to have the answers despite being trusted this season.
With high-flyers Colchester, Newport and Forest Green up next, as well as unbeaten Mansfield, it could be a torrid time for the rookie manager.