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Kavanagh’s confession on fighting to save Carlisle Utd boss

Carlisle United assistant manager Graham Kavanagh confessed that the struggling team are battling to keep boss Greg Abbott in his post at Brunton Park.

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Graham Kavanagh, left and Greg Abbott

Abbott suffered another blow last night as the Cumbrians fell to a sixth home defeat of the season against Doncaster.

The 3-1 loss has increased the pressure with United now 19th in League One and two points above the drop zone.

Abbott left Kavanagh to face the written press after the game, though the manager did speak to BBC Radio Cumbria.

His No2 insisted United had shown a better fighting spirit against Dean Saunders’ side, but admitted both he and Abbott knew they were in a battle.

“I thought it was credit to the players – they showed spirit, belief and honesty to keep the manager’s job, because we all know what results entail if you don’t get them,” Kavanagh said.

“Credit to them, they wanted to perform for him and themselves.”

Kavanagh said United were now going through the toughest period since he has been at the club but insisted Abbott could still turn things around.

“There’s no two ways about it, this is the most difficult period he has been in,” the coach said.

“But he has been in the job nearly four years, has improved the squad year-on-year, the position in the league and a lot of stuff around the club, along with the two Wembleys.

“The gaffer is a wise man, he knows the crack in terms of results. If they continue to happen he will be under pressure.

“But I’d say in his defence there’s a lot of football to be played, a lot of belief in the squad. We just need one or two results to turn things.”

Dave Symington’s wonder goal – a 35-yard free-kick – was only a consolation as Rob Jones, David Cotterill and Tommy Spurr struck for the visitors.

Carlisle’s latest home setback was watched by just 3,229 fans – the lowest since 2004.

Abbott again left Manchester United loanee Sean McGinty on the bench as he called up fit-again Danny Livesey.

Mark Beck and scorer Symington were handed their full league debuts with Matty Robson also back in the side.

Kavanagh added: “I’ve been through this sort of difficult time as a player and the one thing I have gained from experience is that you have to work as intensely and honestly as you can.

“If you are going to lose then at least go down fighting, as we did. It was a very honest performance.”

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A quick check of the fixtures list reveals the following.

There are five more league games before the end of the year. Four of them are against teams currently lower than us in the table.

Perhaps a simple twist of fate, as Dylan once sang? Will this lucky turn of events be an opportunity than might result in greater confidence going into 2013?

Posted by Iain on 22 November 2012 at 15:06

We need to make the changes in defence and give Mcginty/Bugno the nod and also play the 3 musketeers i.e potts,beck,Symington as they have come on and looked fresh. Some of the household names are in need of a breather also other teams in league 1 know how some of them play so a few new fresh faces out there is a good idea. We are in a relegation battle so at least we have something to play for as opposed to boring mid table stuff.

Posted by Andrew Barnes on 22 November 2012 at 12:24

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