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Carlisle United winger Matty Robson fires festive warning to Bury

HERO winger Matty Robson has warned Bury there will be no festive goodwill at Brunton Park tomorrow as Carlisle United are now determined to start climbing the League One table.

Moment to savour: Matty Robson celebrates scoring in the crucial 3-0 victory over Hartlepool. ‘It has to be the catalyst to kick on,’ said the winger

Robson, who scored once and set up Lee Miller’s third in their 3-0 Boxing Day victory over his old club Hartlepool United, reckons tomorrow’s home clash with Bury will be another vital relegation scrap.

But he is confident Carlisle – boosted by the return of inspirational frontman Miller – are now capable of putting a winning run together after ending a shattering run of six defeats in their previous seven games.

Wednesday’s much-needed victory over their derby rivals saw the Blues climb two places to 18th in League One.

“The Bury game will be just as big, just as big a test and we’ve got to go out and do exactly the same,” said Robson.

“We’ve got to work hard and get another three points. We’re all scrapping for the same thing.

“The win over Hartlepool was a bit of a relief. Everything we worked on had paid off – being tight as a unit at the back and then springing when we got the opportunities up front.

“The clean sheet was more important than the three goals.

“It has to be the catalyst to kick on, get another good result on Saturday and then look to the new year. Turn form on its head and move up the table.

“Everyone has been confident right throughout the season and this was the perfect time to start kicking on. We know we’ve got ability in the squad, experienced players and young lads who are hungry.

“Playing together, we wanted to right the wrongs that happened earlier in the season.”

Robson felt aggrieved to be denied two goals against Hartlepool as his opening effort on 21 minutes was credited as an own goal after being diverted into the net by Hartlepool defender Sam Collins.

The 27-year-old winger, who joined Carlisle on a free transfer from Hartlepool in 2009, then made it 2-0 with his fifth goal of the campaign, before Miller scored his first goal since March in his second game back after four months on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Robson admitted the victory, along with the long-awaited return of Miller, has given United’s beleaguered players a massive lift going into 2013 when they will want to put a hugely-disappointing first half of the season behind them.

“I wouldn’t say the shackles were off but we had a point to prove,” said Robson. “Maybe I had a point to prove against Hartlepool but I think it was just about the desire to win, from us all. We knew that it was probably the biggest game of the season, and we won it with a clean sheet which is the most pleasing thing.

“Right throughout the club it was huge. We got it with a display which didn’t show any fear of playing.

“The team looked confident, we got the first goal then looked settled. We were in control throughout,” added Robson.

“We showed at Shrewsbury 10 days ago we are playing well, and we took the confidence from that. It was a game where we should have come away with three points and, after a great bit of training, we wanted to prove what a good side we are.

“As a winger it’s always nice to score, but to get an assist as well is as good a feeling. To see the big man [Miller] back scoring was fantastic.

“He’s had an atrocious time with injury, so that will give him a big lift and it also lifts the place. You could see the reaction of the crowd when he scored and when he came off. That will have put a big smile on his face.

“Collectively we have been taking the blame and now we can take praise together. Hopefully we can take it into the next games.”


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