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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Carlisle United striker Miller targets third Blues win on the spin

TALISMAN Lee Miller is targeting a third Carlisle United win on the spin tomorrow as the improving Blues bid to kick off 2013 in style.

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Bury-ing it: Lee Miller scores from the penalty spot against Bury

Miller’s two goals in successive games have helped secure wins against Hartlepool and Bury since he returned from an ankle injury.

The Cumbrians kick off the new year with a trip to Crewe tomorrow (Alexandra Stadium, 3pm), where boss Abbott will be bidding to win three league games in a row for the first time in his reign.

Miller, 29, claims the two triumphs in Christmas week have proved Carlisle are finally turning the corner.

The fit-again striker, whose penalty helped the Blues to Saturday's 2-1 win against Bury which put them 17th – eight points above the drop zone – said: “We are going from strength to strength. To end the year with six points is massive, because we know we are down there and have had a lot of bad results.

“We just want to do things right on the pitch and it would be great to get three more points on the board at Crewe.”

Matty Robson also scored for the second game running while keeper Mark Gillespie put in a man-of-the-match display to hold off a strong Bury fightback.

Miller, meanwhile, admits he is overjoyed to be back in action after missing nearly five months with injury.

And he insisted he is comfortable with the weight of expectation placed on him by Abbott and United.

“To be back scoring goals and playing is brilliant, because I’ve had a horrible time of it this year,” he said.

“I’m comfortable with taking pressure. I always put myself under pressure anyway. I just play my own game, we’ve got a team plan to stick to and we all do that.”

Abbott, who had fit-again James Berrett back in his side on Saturday despite the midfielder suffering from a virus, will again be without Paul Thirlwell tomorrow.

The skipper is set to have a scan on his calf after limping out of the Boxing Day win over Pools.

The Carlisle boss also responded to fans’ criticism of his tactics for defending corners during the Bury victory.

He said: “There was criticism about why we didn’t leave anybody up at corners. I’ve been criticised immensely this season for conceding lots of goals at home, so it’s imperative we defend our goal and there’s no better way than having players in there defending it.

“If they win the first header there is no point in somebody being upfield not doing anything.

“We defended Bury’s set pieces magnificently.”

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