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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd boss dismisses talk of revenge against Accrington

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott today urged fans not to read anything into his side’s disappointing friendly defeat to Morecambe as they prepare to avoid a cup humiliation against another League Two side on Saturday.

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Greg Abbott

Carlisle kick off the new season in the Capital One Cup at home to Accrington Stanley – the side that dumped them out of last season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The 2011 trophy winners suffered a 3-2 defeat to Accrington, and Abbott’s side will be keen to avoid another upset and make progress in a money-spinning cup competition.

An experimental Carlisle team struggled to get into their stride against a direct Morecambe side in Tuesday night’s 2-1 friendly defeat, but Abbott is preparing his players for a different kind of game at Brunton Park on Saturday.

He said: “It will be totally different on Saturday. Accrington play totally different to Morecambe.

“When we’re on top form and playing the way we know we can, we’re a good side against anybody.

“Morecambe got it forward quickly and directly and missed out the midfield to an extent so we had to fight and scrap to get a foothold in the game and get our passing game going.

“I didn’t think we really did that and that was down to Morecambe not allowing us to do that.

“I think Accrington will play slightly differently. I’ve watched them twice already and we will see how we go.”

Abbott played down his side’s keenness to avenge last season’s defeat at Accrington – a game which also saw Peter Murphy controversially red-carded for two bookings.

The Blues boss said: “We are just looking to get the season off to a winning start and revenge is something the fans and media talk about. We don’t. We just want to win the first game.

“We will give Accrington the respect they deserve and we will be trying our damndest to get the season off to a winning start.”

Abbott admits the toughest task now is not preparing his players for the match but picking the team after some impressive performances during pre-season.

Battles are being waged on every area of the pitch for a place in Saturday’s line-up.

“I’ll look at everything everybody has done and make decisions honestly based on what I’ve seen,” said Abbott.

“I just have to make decisions because I can only play 11.

“I’ve got my selection problems now and we’ll be doing all the fine tuning and all the set-pieces and doing the shape work ahead of Saturday.”

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