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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Spurs face tricky task against Carlisle Utd, says TV pundit Chris Kamara

TV pundit Chris Kamara believes Carlisle could be the side to quickly burst Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas’ new-found bubble.

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Chris Kamara

Villas-Boas found himself facing question marks over his position as Spurs boss after three winless games to start his time at the helm at White Hart Lane.

Those doubts have been answered by successive Premier League wins over Reading and QPR, results seemingly silencing the nay-sayers about the former Chelsea boss.

However, to Kamara, a Capital One Cup trip to Brunton Park is the sort of banana skin that could quickly wipe the smile off the face of the Portuguese manager.

The trip to Carlisle will no doubt not be the ideal scenario for the likes of Spurs’ new signing, keeper Hugo Lloris, who is reportedly in line for his first start in between the sticks tomorrow.

Former football league journeymen Kamara knows all about the likes of a midweek trip to Carlisle and admits AVB’s job security could be easily knocked down as quickly as it has been built up.

“A swallow doesn’t make a summer and that is the case for AVB at the minute,” said Kamara.

“They got those wins but if he goes and loses at Carlisle then the pressure is going to be straight back on him and there is no doubt that is going to be a tricky game.”

“Harry Redknapp has given the Spurs fans a day out in this competition at Wembley in recent years and so they definitely won’t want to be losing against Carlisle.”

Like the majority of teams in the lower reaches of the Football League, a significant cup run could reap huge dividends for Carlisle both this season and beyond.Carlisle have done the hard work in the Capital One Cup by securing themselves a third-round tie against Tottenham on Wednesday night.And Kamara added: “For all the clubs like Carlisle in the third round they’ll be thinking about the economic situation and what a tie in the next round against Arsenal or Manchester United could bring,” he added.

“There are so many clubs that are on their backsides at the minute who will be desperate for a big tie whether it be at home or away as a big home game could attract the TV cameras and bring a lot of money.

“I know Greg and he is doing a great job at Carlisle. I think that any manager that keeps his job in the lower leagues for more than a couple of seasons has to get respect with the way the Football League goes with managers losing their jobs.”

n Chris Kamara is helping fans who may witness a giant killing in the Capital One Cup with an exclusive light-hearted video guide to treating the effects of shock. To view the video visit www.facebook.com/capitaloneuk.

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