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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd boss praise for 'gentle giant' Lubo Michalik

Greg Abbott today saluted gentle giant Lubo Michalik’s early impact at Carlisle United – with the silent Slovakian yet to concede a goal in his first 180 minutes with the Blues.

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Lubo Michalik is challenged by Vincent Pericard

The Leeds loan defender will be aiming for his third consecutive clean sheet against Brighton this weekend since he replaced Ian Harte in Abbott’s back four.

The towering centre-half is a man of few words on the training ground according to the Blues boss, who is happy for Michalik to continue doing his talking on the pitch.

“Lubo is probably the most uncomplicated man I’ve ever worked with,” the Abbott said.

“He doesn’t say too much, doesn’t disagree with anything – he just gets on with it.

“Others want to be in your office every other day talking about how they are doing. Lubo just said, ‘I’m very happy’ and that’s good enough for me.

“He gave us a proper centre-half’s performance at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. It looks like he’s got more pace than people give him credit for, and I don’t think he lost a single header.

“The fella [Chester] alongside him helps too – the pair of them were outstanding.”

Abbott will wait until tomorrow before deciding whether captain Paul Thirlwell has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury to be involved in the clash with the Seagulls.

Fellow midfielder Kevan Hurst could return to training but both he and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson are unlikely to be in the squad on Saturday.

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