Carlisle United boss Chris Beech is demanding his side eradicates the errors that have seen them ship six goals in two cup games.

The Blues boss described the first two goals conceded at Oldham as “quite ridiculous”.

He said he let players know his thoughts on those moments in no uncertain terms and expects a much tighter showing against Mark Bonner’s Cambridge this Saturday.

He added: “A changing room’s a bit of a sanctuary – when they’re good they’re excellent, when they’re not you can alleviate some stress, and I definitely alleviated some stress at 4.45pm last Saturday.

“It wasn’t acceptable, what had gone on to give Oldham the opportunity to put us out of a cup competition that I do take very seriously.

“We put ourselves in that ridiculous position, in a game that had nothing in it for 25-26 minutes.

“We can’t affect the past, it’s happened. Can we learn? Yes, players have looked at it, reviewed it, and we look to make that better.”

It is the start of Beech’s first full season in charge and he said a strong collective approach would determine how well United do in 2020/21.

Asked for his message to supporters on the eve of the league campaign, he said: “Determined, organised, competitive, and wanting to represent all of us that are attached to the football club whether we’re groundstaff, office staff, player, manager, admin, media…I want us to be united, and really enjoy a challenge in strange times.

“We don’t know what’s around the corner but we’ve worked really hard to make sure the club’s still here and worked hard to make sure we’ve got a squad to represent us.

“It’s baton-passing time now the work’s been done – over to the boys, we support them as much as we can, go and represent with everything you’ve got with great honesty.”