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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Frank Simek wants better Carlisle Utd display in front of Sky TV cameras

Frank Simek says Carlisle United must ignore the distraction of the TV cameras as they bid to breathe new life into their play-off push against old Wembley foes Brentford.

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Frank Simek

American defender Simek, who was scathing about his and United’s display in the goalless draw against Tranmere, said the Blues must have their minds on the job when they head for the capital on Monday.

The live Sky game pits the Cumbrians against their fellow play-off chasers and is a re-run of United’s previous televised fixture – last April’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win against the Bees.

But right-back Simek said the extra attention on the game must not distract Abbott’s side as they bid to overtake sixth-placed Stevenage, who are in FA Cup action tomorrow.

“The cameras will add to the occasion because you don’t get to play on TV that often – especially with Carlisle, it doesn’t seem like [Sky] pick us up too often,” Simek said.

“But at the end of the day it’s about Carlisle and Brentford, not about the Sky cameras. It’s about going there and getting the win.

“We were well below par against Tranmere. We were probably lucky to get a point. That goes for myself as much as anyone else.

“We know we are better than that and we have to take the positive of the point and move onto the big game against Brentford.”

United are still in a strong position in the hunt for a play-off place but lost some ground on Stevenage on Tuesday night after the Hertfordshire club won 1-0 at Sheffield Wendesday.

Stevenage are now two points ahead of Carlisle with a game in hand, but their FA Cup clash with Tottenham tomorrow means United will be in the play-off places by Monday night if they can win at Griffin Park.

The clash allows Simek and his team-mates to renew acquaintances with many of their Wembley foes, such as Myles Weston, Toumani Diagouraga and Leon Legge.

Simek said the disappointment that followed Tuesday’s stalemate suggests United set themselves high standards – and also said the defensive approach of their visitors was significant.

“That shows where we are right now,” said the 27-year-old. “To see the disappointment in the dressing room after drawing – and we’re still in seventh place, right up there.

“Things didn’t come off for us and that spread throughout the team. We were a bit anxious, never got our game going and weren’t really at the races.

“It wasn’t a pretty game or a classic but one positive is our first clean sheet for ages. We have worked a bit on back four defending and hopefully by the end of the season that could be a big point for us.”

Manager Abbott has hinted at changing his regular 4-3-3 system against Uwe Rosler’s Bees after Tuesday’s blank.

The Cumbrians are still without suspended striker Lee Miller, who serves the last of his three-game ban on Monday.

Paddy Madden, who came close to a late winner against Tranmere, is pushing for a start along with fellow subs Andy Welsh and Liam Noble.

Left-back Matty Robson remains sidelined with a back injury whilst striker Craig Curran is not yet ready to return after a knee problem.

Brentford boss Rosler, who last night extended the loan of Everton defender Jake Bidwell, has demanded better defending from his team against Carlisle.

The Bees’ own play-off hopes were hit by conceding two late goals at Colchester on Tuesday and the German manager said: “At the moment it looks like we need two or three goals to get the points.”

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