FOOTBALL: MARK Venus admits the buck stops with him after the Sky Blues suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat away at Cambridge in the second round of the FA Cup.
Luke Berry bagged all four goals on Sunday as the Sky Blues failed to reach the third round of the historic competition for a third consecutive season.
The result continued a miserable run for the Sky Blues which has seen them lose their last four matches as they sit in the League One relegation while being dumped out of another cup competition at an early stage.
“I’m stood here taking responsibility,” said Venus. “I feel for everyone connected to the football club. I can stand here and break it down for you, but bottom line is it was a day we let everyone down.
“It is the fan’s football club. The performance from my football team just wasn’t good enough. The frustrations of the fans is understandable, everyone needs to take the blame for a terrible day.
“You have to stand up to be counted in a man’s world and they got overran. I think the players have to understand the disappointment of everyone concerned with the club.
“It is tough to pick a team at the moment, bottom line is we lost 4-0 today. In all aspects, it was nowhere near good enough.”
Cambridge found the opener with just seven minutes on the clock when Berry headed home George Maris’ inch perfect cross and it should have been 2-0 moments later when a poor back pass was intercepted by Uche Ikpeazu but after rounding Lee Burge the Cambridge striker could not get his shot away.
The first real chance for the Sky Blues came in the 17th minutes when Gadzhev did well to pick out Gael Bigirimana at the back post but he could not get his effort on target.
The hosts made City pay by doubling their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark. Berry was brought down inside the area by Cian Harris and the 24-year-old dusted himself down before firing the resultant spot kick past Burge.
Berry completed his hat-trick seven minutes before the break after being slipped through on goal before beating Burge again with a neat, low finish into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Venus introduced Chris McCann and Kyel Reid at half-time but Cambridge picked up where they left off before the break and Burge did superbly well to deny Berry whose header looked like dropping into the top corner but Burge produced a finger tip save to keep it out.
McCann drilled a low shot narrowly wide of goal on 55 minutes before Ikpeazu did well to cur inside before hitting a curling shot inches wide with Burge at full stretch.
City striker Marvin Sordell forced Cambridge goalkeeper Will Norris into a smart save before Ried dragged the rebound wide of the target.
But any small glimmer of hope that the visitors could produce an unlikely comeback were ended when Berry scored his fourth five minutes from time to complete a miserable afternoon for the 745 visiting fans.
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