Carlisle United’s steady start to the season is under threat of coming off the rails as three straight defeats have seen them exit the Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy competitions to lower league opposition.
And with a home defeat in npower League One to MK Dons sandwiched in between , the priority for the second half of this week is focused on making sure that the players get back to the mind-set that brought them an unbeaten five-game haul and a top six spot just seven days ago.
“It has been a really disappointing week,” manager Greg Abbott admitted exclusively to FreeBetting.co.uk on Thursday morning. “We were moving along quietly under the radar and people were saying that we might be this season’s surprise package, but we’ve made things difficult for ourselves in the last three games. We’ve made silly mistakes at key times during games and it has cost us dearly.”
“We haven’t suddenly become a bad side,” he added. “We feel that we have a very strong squad here and the players we’ve added in the summer have the ability to help us to kick on. What we’ll do for the remainder of this week is get back to the basics of working hard and working for each other. If we get that right, then football doesn’t change. You’ll win more than you lose, but it only comes from doing the right things on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in every game.”
United’s next opponents are Mick Wadsworth’s unbeaten Hartlepool United at Brunton Park on Saturday, and FreeBetting.co.uk will be bringing you a match preview ahead of the game on Friday morning.