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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Scunthorpe's Cumbrian defender ready for family friction

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.

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