Scunthorpe No2 Mark Lillis says Carlisle United's opponents are "fired up" to put last weekend's "unacceptable" defeat behind them.

The Iron head to Brunton Park today seeking a response from their 4-0 home thrashing at the hands of Exeter.

Second-bottom Scunny have taken just six points from their opening seven games - while they are without an away victory since March and have only won one League Two game in their last 17 going back into last season.

Neil Cox's No2 Lillis says places are up for grabs in the team as aresult of last weekend's poor showing.

"It was unacceptable, but we draw a line under it and the lads have really trained well this week," he told the Iron's website.

“There are going to be places up for grabs this weekend after that result.

“There’s a hunger from the players as they know there may be opportunities. If they get an opportunity, they have to grasp it and take it into the game and stay in the team.

Lillis feels United will be difficult opponents at a ground where the Cumbrians have not lost since March.

“It’s going to be a tough game," he said.

"They’re a good team and they went on a good run last season and it looked as though they were going to get in the play-offs.

“They’re really good. They play a 4-3-3 and we’ve done a lot of work on how we want to play and how they play as well.

"It’s one good game at a time, but I believe we will be ready and fired up."

Scunthorpe have defender Emmanuel Onariase back from suspension.

But ex-Blues striker Ryan Loft remains out after a month on the sidelined with acheekbone injury.

Harry Davis, Jordan Hallam and Alex Kenyon are also doubts.

Scunthorpe this week announced that manager Cox was mourning the death of his dad, who passed away in hospital last Sunday.