Carlisle United go into today’s game against Exeter hoping to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

The Blues climbed to fourth in the table and into the play-off places after beating Morecambe 3-1 on Tuesday evening, and looked full of confidence during the victory.

However, this afternoon's game will be a tough test as Exeter haven’t tasted defeat in their last eight games in all competitions and will hope to climb above the Cumbrians with a win at St James Park on Saturday.

The Grecians currently lie in sixth position, one point and two places behind United.

United manager Chris Beech is expecting a tougher test this time out – and hopes one former Carlisle man won’t come back to haunt his side.

He said: “It’ll be a very tough one. They obviously have Ryan Bowman, who was here with Carlisle, and he had to go and work really hard to get his break in professional football.

“He’s doing well with his goals to games ratio for Exeter and he’s one of those old-fashioned, all-encompassing physical strikers.

“They’ve got some really good young players and a great structure at the club which means they come through and play quite a few games before they go.

“Then, when they do go, they tend to go for considerable amounts of money.

“Currently the lads are doing great and that’s what we need to focus on so that we can carry the good work forward.

“The good thing about what we’re doing now is that it comes from us having worked very hard in pre-season.”

Tuesday night’s game was the fourth game in a row Beech has named an unchanged starting 11, despite speculation he might switch things up after the disappointing draw at Grimsby.

The United manager will be hoping for a victory to bring the points back from the long trip down south – but insists he isn’t thinking about winning runs.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s win, he said: “I honestly don’t think about things like that.

“All I think about is that game in front of us, how we have to prepare and respect the opponent, how we have to make sure we do what we have to do as staff to be right for the lads, but then the lads have to commit to us with the plan we have.

“They are allowed to come off plan a little bit.

“I often did as I played for Huddersfield for Steve Bruce, and he’d often ask me what on earth are you doing over there on that side of the pitch, but I’d answer it by scoring or by doing something else that was prominent.

“If you come off plan, make sure it works, but we have good strategies for games and the players put them into practice. That’s all we can ask of them.”