Gavin Skelton says Carlisle United’s “mindset” must again be right as the Blues prepare for yet another windswept game.

Strong winds are expected when Morecambe visit Brunton Park – similar to a number of recent matches.

United’s preparations have also been affected by their main training pitch being out of use since it was flooded in Storm Ciara.

Skelton, though, said conditions are no excuse and the Blues must continue to adapt.

The assistant head coach said: “Everybody is used to playing in these conditions now.

“It’s a mindset, because you can’t control the wind and rain.

“Last week at Crawley was an entertaining game but I think when people turned up and saw the pitch and the wind they’d have thought it wouldn’t be that way.

“Sometimes the pitch can be dry and the sun can be out and it’s a boring game, so it’s all about how you approach it.”

Skelton says the United squad trained on the Brunton Park pitch on Tuesday while they have been on artificial surfaces on other days this week.

He said: “We trained on the main pitch on Tuesday and that’s a real credit to the groundsman [David Mitchell] to give us that opportunity when we’ve had such terrible conditions.

“It meant we had a good session on Tuesday and we were back on 4G outside today, after training indoors in the Neil Centre on Thursday.

“The weather isn’t great up here but I think it’s been the same everywhere this past week. We’re used to it – we’ve been hopping between different facilities but it is what it is.

“It would be great if we had 10 training pitches that were immaculate all year but that isn’t the case.

“We were grateful to be able to get on the main pitch on Tuesday, and we’re lucky to have the Neil Centre so close to the ground which some clubs don’t have, so it’s just the way it is.”