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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd will not be relegated, pledges Irons

Carlisle United No2 Davie Irons insisted the Blues WILL stay up – despite suffering their worst defeat for three years at Preston.

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Davie Irons: ‘We have to regroup, stick together’

United’s humiliating 6-1 loss at Deepdale has plunged the team back into crisis with just five games to go.

It was relegation-threatened Carlisle’s heaviest thrashing since the 6-0 loss at Peterborough in 2011.

And though it came at the worst possible time, assistant boss Irons – who “sincerely apologised” to fans – claimed 21st-placed Carlisle will still finish above the bottom four.

“I will stand here and say we will stay in this league,” he said.

“Regardless of what happened [at Preston] we will fight tooth and nail to stay in the league.

“The performance wasn’t good enough and it makes us doubly determined to get it right.”

United’s vocal 1,374 travelling fans were seriously short-changed at Deepdale as Craig Davies’ second-half hat-trick followed goals from Stuart Beavon, Alan Browne and Lee Holmes.

Gary Madine headed a consolation but Carlisle dropped back into the bottom four on goal difference.

Irons was handed post-match media duties as Kavanagh caught an early flight back to Ireland, and the coaching team must now quickly pick up their shattered team ahead of two vital Easter games against Walsall and Peterborough.

The Scot insisted they would not shy away from the stinging criticism of supporters.

He also maintained that he, Kavanagh and coach Tony Caig were the right men to lead the club to safety.

Irons said: “I wouldn’t be standing here if I didn’t think we were up to the task.

“The club have put lot of trust and responsibility on Graham, Tony and myself to do a job, and we’ll do it – we can do it.

“Every manager gets criticism. I was talking to David Moyes last Monday and he was telling me what a tough job he’s got at Manchester United.

“We’re not immune from criticism and, when you suffer defeats like that, it is going to get magnified.

“But I know how stong and knowlegable Graham is as a manager and coach, and what I’ve got and Tony’s got to offer him

“We know what the players can do. When we play we are as good as anybody in this league. However when we lose games we seem to have a soft centre about us – we have to toughen up and improve that.”

Irons added: “Our aim at the start was to keep this club in League One and that hasn’t changed. This is a tough one for us all to take but we are still on track to achieve what we set out to achieve and we will give everything in our power to do that.”

Pascal Chimbonda will be assessed after going off injured in the first half but fit-again trio Matty Robson, Lee Miller and Liam Noble are back in the reckoning.

Midfielder James Berrett will also be available for the game against Walsall after serving a one-match ban.

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