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Friday, 29 August 2014

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We want to make amends for league defeat by Bournemouth, says Carlisle Utd's Simek

Frank Simek says Carlisle United have a burning desire to put right their Bournemouth horror show in tomorrow’s FA Cup clash – and give fans an overdue home win.

Frank Simek photo
Frank Simek

Defender Simek says only an improved display at Brunton Park can convince the faithful that Greg Abbott’s team are turning the corner.

Simek and his defensive colleagues got back to form on the road at Yeovil last weekend after a poor autumn which has included a 4-2 home hiding by the Cherries on October 27.

Tomorrow’s rematch with Eddie Howe’s side gives United the chance to build on their Yeovil display, reward the long-suffering home support and also book a place in the Cup's third round.

Simek said: “Bournemouth are a good team but we didn’t do ourselves justice at all in the league game. Especially at home, in front of our fans, it was a poor day. We have to put that right. It’s not going to be easy but it’s something we have to do.

“We owe that to the fans. They turned out in good numbers at Yeovil and now we owe it to them to put in a performance and most importantly get a result at home. We haven’t performed anywhere near what we are capable of at home. There is a point to prove.”

The possibility of a third-round tie against top-flight opposition would come as a massive shot in the arm for the cash-strapped Blues. To progress they will have to become the first team to inflict defeat on Howe since his return to the Cherries, who are unbeaten in 10 games. But right-back Simek insists United need not be intimidated.

“They have a good manager and are on a good run but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat them,” he said. “We don’t go into any game scared. If we make sure we are on our game, get in people’s faces and then show the quality we have, we are a match for them, that’s for sure.

“Whether it’s for financial benefit or to get the club up the league, the mentality is the same – we will do everything we can to win.”

Abbott could add Paul Thirlwell to his squad after the captain returned from an ankle injury in a 1-1 friendly draw at Barnsley on Wednesday – a game in which fit-again Rory Loy scored his first goal for nearly a year. Danny Cadamarteri remains out while the Blues are continuing talks with Derby over whether loanee Valentin Gjokaj can feature in the tie. Bournemouth are without suspended former Carlisle midfielder Harry Arter.

Simek, meanwhile, says United must continue their efforts to win over the critics after their slide down the League One table.

He added: “We are at the wrong end of the table and there is going to be criticism – that’s our profession. But you can’t let it take you down two notches.

“We’ve got to prove we are better than where we are. We do not become a bad team overnight. We haven’t had a good month but the Yeovil performance and result was more in the right direction. I know I had a few shaky games a few weeks ago but I feel I’m doing ok now and hope to keep up the performances I’ve been having.”

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