Chris Beech says it is essential his Carlisle United players rest and recuperate well as they prepare for another long trip on the road - to face play-off rivals Newport County.

The Cumbrians head to Rodney Parade tomorrow night for a six-pointer in the battle for a top-seven place.

It is the latest long journey in United’s hectic calendar as they bid to face the Exiles at the second attempt following January’s postponement.

Carlisle remain in a relentless spell of Saturday-Tuesday action and head coach Beech said it was vital everyone recharged their batteries ahead of the trip to south Wales.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw at Barrow on Saturday, Beech said of United’s next challenge: “We hardly do anything now to that point.

“We played today, they played Friday so have an extra 24 hours, they’ll think that’s an advantage – I’m not interested, I’m not bothered.

“Logistically, Carlisle is where we are. We have to look at how we train, recover, travel.

“[The message is] just get home and get rested. You can’t beat a good night’s sleep. It’s hard to sleep after the game but hopefully they’ll get that; it’s the best recovery strategy we have.

“I’ve told them to go home, eat a lot, drink lots of water, get to sleep and recover, because that’s the only thing we can do.”

Beech suggested his team looked “jaded” in Saturday’s 2-2 draw but would not be drawn on whether that could mean changes to the team for the clash with Mike Flynn’s seventh-placed side at Rodney Parade.

Asked about the possible implications of the “jaded” comment on selection, he said: “It’s now gone. It’s been in. I don’t think it will stay in. It’s probably already happened.

“If anything I probably should have made some changes before we played [Barrow] but how can you change a team that’s had three clean sheets and won each game 2-0?

“I was disappointed we gave away our clean sheet situation to not a lot – that was harsh for me to take and the lads.”

Beech, meanwhile, said he was “not interested” in the fact his side are now four games unbeaten.

“I’m just interested in individual things, which is your next opponent, looking at what they’re good at,” he said.

“I watched [Newport] play on Friday night, Jacob [Blain, United’s analyst] went to Mansfield to analyse Newport.

“It’s going to be tough, but we’ll give our best playing against a really good team.”