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Carlisle Utd fans sent threatening messages after Bradford defeat

Carlisle United director Steve Pattison claimed that angry fans sent threatening messages after the defeat at Bradford.

Mark Gillespie photo
"Everyone is determined to put it right as soon as possible" said Mark Gillespie, right, pictured with Tony Caig after the game, on Twitter

Pattison, one of the Blues’ joint owners, made the claim on Twitter.

“Yesterday’s result was disappointing and there is no getting away from that. But the result doesn’t make threatening messages acceptable,” he wrote.

No further detail on the messages was given while United have not commented further.

Several players who were involved in the 4-0 thrashing, meanwhile, used Twitter to apologise to Carlisle’s fans.

Midfielder Liam Noble said “sorry for today’s performance on my behalf” and promised to “put it right” against Coventry this weekend.

Keeper Mark Gillespie added: “Apologies to the fans for [the] result. Everyone is determined to put it right as soon as possible.”

Their cause against Coventry could be helped by Sean O’Hanlon with the defender near a return from a knee injury.

Boss Greg Abbott said he will look at O’Hanlon carefully this week to ensure he is ready to play after a lay-off of nearly a month.

“It is whether we can get him fit enough to start. We certainly need his power, experience and determination,” the United manager said.

Loan pair Paul Black and Kevin Feely will be in the frame to start against Coventry after making their sub debuts at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Black was a second-half replacement for Silloth 17-year-old Patrick Brough, who made his full debut. Abbott said Brough “didn’t do a great deal wrong” but was subbed “to protect him” as United flopped.

“I can’t subject him to that,” Abbott said. “He has got a career ahead of him, hopefully a fantastic one, and it’s up to me to look after him.”

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We're only 4 points off the play offs and 6 points off top! :)

Posted by Craig on 16 August 2013 at 09:08

Alot of teams in league one are in the same predicament with regards to budgets as we know. Surely the skill comes from the manager being able to get the best on a limited budget, as already stated on here an exmaple is Yoevil. Abbott has had many sesaons and if budgets are getting tighter as crowds fall then I dont see how anyone but the management team can be blaimed?

Posted by Andy on 14 August 2013 at 13:11

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