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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Matty Robson willing to give up goal ambitions to continue Carlisle Utd revival

Matty Robson insists he’s happy to shelve his bid to be Carlisle United’s top scorer if it means the Blues can continue their climb up the League One table.

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Matty Robson

Robson is the leading marksman on United’s books with seven, but his chances of increasing his tally have been reduced since he was moved from the wing to left-back.

The former Hartlepool man, who will bid to help United to a third straight win at Scunthorpe tonight (Glanford Park, 7.45pm), has been pressed into service in the back four because of Chris Chantler’s ankle injury.

But Robson says he is now fully focused on his new job in the side and backed in-form Rory Loy and Lee Miller to take up the goalscoring mantle.

“A different job is being asked of me and I’m not going to shirk away from the challenge,” said Robson, who had been playing on the left of a front three until Chantler was ruled out for the season. “I’m disappointed I might not get as many goals as I’ve been getting, but if we keep winning I won’t mind.

“If I can finish the season on a high, so be it.

“If there’s a job to be done the gaffer knows I will put a good shift in. I have slotted into left-back in the past and enjoyed it.

“In the last three games we’ve looked quite solid at the back and I’m sure Lee and Rory will get the goals.”

Abbott will be aiming to banish his three-wins-in-a-row hoodoo in the league tonight – at the 15th time of asking.

Another triumph against the Iron – who drew 1-1 at Brunton Park two weeks ago – can take the Blues closer to the mid-table pack, following their impressive victories over Tranmere and Stevenage.

Tonight’s clash pits 16th-placed United against one of the division’s strugglers and, though Robson conceded it will be a stiff test, the 28-year-old said Carlisle’s new-found momentum can continue.

“The hard work of the last couple of months is starting to pay dividends,” he said. “We are getting injured players back and starting to find a bit of form.

“The Swindon [4-0] defeat a few weeks ago was totally out of the blue – shock-and-awe – but we bounced back really well and found that belief again.

“Improving our home form has been vital because it brings belief back for the fans.

“We have to keep it going. We’re not going to get above ourselves and this week we have two big games where we firmly believe we can take six points.

“Scunthorpe will see our past two results against two big, physical sides and they will know we have battled.”

Abbott could name the same line-up for the third straight game, providing the manager believes Loy can cope with the rigours of another tough 90 minutes.

The Scot has scored in the last two games and Robson has saluted the fit-again striker, back from a broken leg. “You can see Rory’s hunger hasn’t gone despite being out for 14 months,” he said.

“He is coming into games not worried about anything that could happen to his leg, he’s just being positive and he’s getting his reward for working tremendously hard.”

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