Chris Beech says Carlisle United’s current situation should be a case of managing expectations after their fall from the top of the table.

The Blues face Crawley in their third straight home game tomorrow desperate for an upturn in fortunes.

Carlisle have lost three on the spin and have won one in 13 amid a fall from the summit to 14th place.

The Cumbrians are struggling to revive their League Two campaign amid their slump in form and growing criticism.

Head coach Beech said he does not “accept” losing but suggested Carlisle’s rise in the first half of the season had raised expectations.

He said: “The most disappointing thing for me in that period is the fact we’ve done ever so well to probably enhance expectation, but what we need to do is manage that and understand that.

“But there’s no way we accept getting defeated.

“The biggest part for me in that period [since February] that I have to forgive to move on is leading a lot of games in that run and not winning.

“Now it becomes more important to win the next one, even though it’s vital to do that anyway, whether you’re top, middle or bottom, because football’s all about winning.”

United’s tumble down the table is coming in for growing scrutiny, with extra pressure on the Cumbrians to avoid another deflating result against John Yems’ side tomorrow.

It has been a stark run of results over the last two months with Carlisle taking just six points from a possible 39.

Beech, though, says he still believes in his and his team’s work and they will not stop trying to turn things around.

“I’m 46 now, I’ve been in professional football since I’ve been 16,” he said.

“I’ve played in teams, I’ve coached teams, youth teams, first teams, assisted first team managers in periods like this, and this is my first one as a manager.

“We train professionally and get ready. Keep doing that and it will turn.”

United’s preparations for their latest game have been hit by the double injury blow which is likely to see Rhys Bennett and Brennan Dickenson ruled out for the campaign.

The defender and attacker both have knee injuries.

Joshua Kayode (ankle) will hopefully return soon.

If Beech considers changes tomorrow he could being Saturday’s goalscorer Lewis Alessandra back into the side.

He hit his eighth of the campaign in the 2-1 defeat to Cambridge.

Crawley, meanwhile, are seeking a first win in four as they try to revive their play-off push.

Yems’ side lost 3-1 at home to struggling Port Vale on Saturday after also dropping points against Barrow and Walsall.

Before that the Red Devils had won three on the spin. They sit 11th in the table, six points outside the play-off places, with ex-Carlisle man Ashley Nadesan among their attacking threats.

He has scored eight goals this season.