Keith Curle: Coventry game will not "make or break" Carlisle Utd's season

 Keith Curle
Keith Curle

Keith Curle has refused to build up tonight's trip to Coventry as "make-or-break" for Carlisle United as the Blues seek a big improvement.

The manager has also stressed the importance of a united front in the wake of Saturday's poor showing at Accrington.

Curle is expected to make changes to his side tonight following the 3-0 reverse in Lancashire.

It comes amid deepening supporter concerns about United's early-season form, which has put them 16th after six games.

Curle, though, said he would not ramp up the pressure on tonight's game at the Ricoh Arena (kick-off 7.45pm).

"It's a game of football," he said. "Do I need to start putting pressure on the players and build it up as a make-or-break of our season?

"If you look at where some of the leading candidates were in this division at this stage last season, you'd probably say there's a long way to go.

"There's gonna be twists and turns. Be a part of it. That's not only me, and the supporters, that's the players. Be a part of it, in good times and bad."

Tonight sees only the second trip to the Ricoh Arena in United's history, the Blues having won 2-1 at the stadium under Greg Abbott in 2012.

In a bid to achieve a similar result, Curle is understood to be considering changes in a host of positions tonight.

Shaun Miller and Jamie Devitt will be among those hoping for a recall with Jason Kennedy also likely to be under consideration.

That follows a 90-minute post-match inquest in the dressing room at Accrington after full-time on Saturday.

Curle said he was "disappointed and angry" at the weekend's result but urged people not to abandon hope after just six league games.

"This is about us building and forming relationships," he said.

"You're going to get times when things don't go our way, which happens throughout the course of the season.

"Have we got a divine right? No. Have we got expectations? Yes, we've got expectations, because of the good work that's been done at the football club.

"Does everybody get off the bus because things haven't gone our way? No."

Tonight the Blues must break down the tightest defence in this fledgling League Two campaign.

Mark Robins' side have conceded just three goals and kept four clean sheets as they sit in eighth position.

The Sky Blues could be without frontmen Tony Andreu and Mark McNulty tonight after they limped out of their 1-0 win against Port Vale.

Defender Rod McDonald is also set to miss out through suspension following Saturday's red card.

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