Scunthorpe's Cumbrian defender ready for family friction
Last updated at 09:49, Monday, 09 April 2012
Scunthorpe's Cumbrian defender Paul Reid insists he is ready to run the risk of family “friction” by putting a dent in Carlisle United’s promotion hopes.
Reid, who had two spells with his home-city club, will lead the Iron’s defensive effort at Brunton Park today.
And the 30-year-old admits a Scunthorpe win at fortress Brunton Park today will not go down well at home.
“My dad's a season ticket holder there. He's decided he's going to go in the Carlisle end, so there's a bit of friction there!
“It’s split loyalties in our house at the moment. They were both there on Friday, my mum and dad, watching and supporting. I think my dad just felt a bit guilty because he was being a bit of a Judas!
“A draw could be the right result for a happy Reid household.”
Reid, who started his career with the Blues then had a brief loan spell back at United in 2008, has been wearing a protective mask recently after he suffered a broken nose.
His solid displays at the heart of Alan Knill’s defence have helped the Glanford Park outfit move clear of relegation trouble.
After a difficult season, they are now seven points above the drop zone after a nine-match unbeaten run, but Reid knows it will be tough to continue their recent strong form at a ground where Carlisle have not lost for 15 games.
“Carlisle this season, from the very few times I’ve seen them, including at Scunthorpe, I thought they were really good, and they’ve carried that on throughout the season,” said Reid, who grew up in Harraby.
“They will be looking to get a result at home and cement their play-off place – it will be a tough game for us.
“It’s always nice for me to go back. I know a few of the players, a few of the backroom staff and they'll be plenty of friends and family at the game. Hopefully we can get a decent result and I can see everyone after that.”
Midfielder Damien Mozika is a doubt today after suffering an ankle injury in Scunny’s 1-0 win over Exeter on Good Friday, with Sam Togwell on standby to replace the Frenchman.
Jordan Robertson (ankle) could also miss out, with Jon Parkin ready to start.
First published at 09:12, Monday, 09 April 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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