Carlisle Utd captain apologises to travelling fans for Accrington defeat

 Danny Grainger
Danny Grainger

Danny Grainger apologised to Carlisle United's travelling fans for the Blues' showing at Accrington but insisted they would bounce back.

Grainger said the supporters had every right to vent their feelings after Saturday's 3-0 defeat.

The captain said there were no excuses for such a poor display - but backed his team-mates to respond.

"We weren't good enough in all areas," the Cumbrian defender said.

"I don’t think many of the lads could come off the pitch and say they did enough.

"As a team we didn't do our jobs and there's no excuses for it. Nine or 10 of us didn't perform and you're never going to win football matches if that's the case.

"We were nowhere near it. We weren't at the races. They [Accrington] won battles, physical battles, won the battles in both boxes and that’s why they got the points.

"We can only apologise, because that performance is nowhere near good enough. There's no papering over cracks, and when our fans follow us the way they do, they've got a right to voice their opinion.

"They paid good money to come and support us, and we let them down."

Grainger admitted United proved their worst enemies with errors against John Coleman's side.

He added: "It's not what other teams are doing to us, it's our own doing at the moment.

"That's a good thing [in one respect] because it means we can put it right ourselves.

"I've been here before and we've come out the other side, and I've no doubt there's enough in that dressing room to make sure we bounce back and put it right.

"We aren't going to turn into a bad team overnight. We've shown in fits and starts this season how good we can play.

United face a trip to Coventry tomorrow and Grainger added: "We've bounced back from things before as a team and club, and we'll bounce back again. One result isn't going to define our season. We know that.

"Coventry is a tough place to go, and we know it's going to be a tough game, but sometimes tough games are good ones to bounce back with."

It was also a bad weekend for United's youth team, as Darren Edmondson's injury-hit side suffered a 7-0 home defeat to Walsall at Penrith.

Young Blues loan keeper Morgan Bacon started for Northern Premier side Shaw Lane as they were beaten 2-0 by Lancaster.

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