Carlisle United boss Chris Beech has not ruled out further additions at Brunton Park but also warned: We can’t sign everybody.

The Blues’ losing start to the League Two season has led some fans to call for more reinforcements to a squad which has already seen 14 new faces join so far.

Some are continuing to argue that United should try to do a deal for former Blues midfielder Jamie Devitt, who is out of favour at Blackpool.

He has been persistently linked with a return to Brunton Park with some supporters feeling he could add the extra midfield creativity the Cumbrians need.

After the 3-0 loss at Cambridge on Saturday, Beech was asked by the News & Star whether a move for the Irish schemer could yet be on the agenda.

He said: “We’ve got a squad of players who’ve come together, and there’s always room or try to have room to improve, but you can’t sign everybody.

“Who knows? You don’t know what’s around the corner.

“What I do know is, in a game like [Saturday’s], when you’ve created 19 chances, it’s not creativity you need, it’s more composed end product, it’s more last-third situations, pushing people, using your body stronger and better.

“That will roll somebody else and free somebody else to put ball in back of the net.

“In the last two games, if you look at the statistics, from a footballing perspective, it’s dominant. Without winning. That’s what’s quite perplexing at this point.”

Beech underlined the need for United to be more streetwise as he suggested Cambridge got more change out of ref Paul Howard in the Blues’ second consecutive 3-0 defeat.

“I just thought [there were] the dark arts of their centre-forwards and the lack of protection from the ref, compared to us trying to perhaps play what you would consider a different way, and not getting that help and assistance,” he said.

“I said [to our players]…the more north you go, you’re meant to be tougher. You’re meant to be tough. Hard. You should be really tough to play against Carlisle.

“And it is, if you ask [the Cambridge] players, if you remove the scoreline, [and] if you ask the Oldham players too.

“But it isn’t, because they’ve got what they want. That motivation of being in front helps and we’ve got to make sure that’s us.”

Head coach Beech said United have to be honest about their work as they bid to produce an improved outcome against Southend at Brunton Park this weekend.

He added: “Of course, confidence breeds.

“Our preparation [for Saturday] was absolutely brilliant from the club – the travel, the hotel, the way we trained, the information given to the boys. It can’t in theory get any better.

“It’s about believing in what I’m trying to achieve and making sure we’re ready to do it. That’s what I’ll be doing [this week].

“I’m an honest lad. I don’t know anybody, really, that works as hard as myself. I can’t look at doing anything more to make sure we’re more prepared, more fit, more right, more knowledgeable, more on it.

“I’ve got to make sure my staff [deliver] my message and players look to adhere to it. I can see they are, but it’s about breaking down that door.”

United's EFL Trophy game against Aston Villa's Under-21s has been put back a week to Tuesday, November 17 (7pm ko). Carlisle say it follows a request by Villa, who have a Premier League 2 game on November 10, the original date for the tie.