Chris Beech has insisted Carlisle United's results will turn if they keep playing as they did last weekend.

The Blues are up against fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

The clash with Joey Barton's side sees the 19th-placed Cumbrians desperate for a better day than in recent weeks, having lost their last two league games.

Although Beech has been heavily criticised by some fans, he said there had been no conversations with the club hierarchy about the situation.

And the head coach maintained United were largely playing well enough to get better results.

"Unless you're very lucky, you can't win anything without putting into place aspects of the game that help you win," he told BBC Cumbria.

"I was very pleased with many aspects of last Saturday's performance [against Forest Green].

"There are the ifs, buts and maybes conversations we all have after, and hindsight always provides the correct answers, but the way we went about last Saturday and Everton [Under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy] in terms of physical and technical response, there were some great aspects in both.

"Playing like that will defintely support positive results."

Beech admitted getting the first goal in a game is important but that United must stay strong defensively whilst striving for that.

Asked by commentator James Phillips if there had been any discussions with the hierarchy about United's poor run, Beech said: "No - there's only yourself that really mentions it.

"We're in a sport that's pretty ruthless.

"We've got a lot of good things going on and good people doing good things, but it's never valued unless you get your three points correctly.

"We've got a lot of new relationships [here] and we've got to make sure they grow quickly."

Lukas Jensen is in line for his league debut today with keeper Magnus Norman injured.

Manny Mampala is available again after suspension while Beech this week said Jordan Gibson and Rod McDonald were getting closer to a return from illness and injury respectively.