Harrison Dunk praises the “vast improvement” from United as the U’s go in search of a fourth consecutive League Two win against Bradford City at the Abbey this Saturday.
United’s current longest serving player has played a pivotal role at left back in a back four that has conceded just once in the last three games, to form a platform for the U’s to push on for the positive results in their last three fixtures. Dunk says it’s a great feeling to be finding the level of consistency that they’ve been targeting.
He said: “It’s been a vast improvement, and I think we’ve shown a different side of us. We’ve ground out wins and shown the consistency that we’ve been striving for all season, and the plan is to carry that on.
“We got that first win from pure hard work and determination, and from there we’ve built momentum with the wins against Newport and Scunthorpe.
“It’s a great credit to Bonz (Mark Bonner) for the way he has set us up. We’ve got an approach that is working for us, and we need to carry that on and see where that takes us.”
Now well into his ninth season with the U’s, the 29-year old has as strong a bond with Interim Head Coach Mark Bonner as any. Dunk explains why he feels the squad have been able to buy into what Bonner has offered in the last two weeks in order to dramatically improve United’s form.
“He knows what the fans want and what’s needed at the moment and that’s shown in the performances. He’s shown us how to do that, and where and when to try it and because of that we’ve got the results.
“I’ve known Bonz for absolutely years and to see his progression through from the Youth Team upwards, he’s thoroughly deserved it because he’s a great character around the place. Importantly he’s also very knowledgeable with his football.”
He continued: “Everyone likes Bonz, and everybody at the Club has a huge amount of respect for him. When he took over, it wasn’t a matter of anything really changing, it was just a case of listening to him. He has great ideas and he’s been extremely thorough with everything that he’s done.
“On the pitch, that has shown because the players are really buying into it and we want to continue to deliver that.”