Carlisle United must not get carried away by their welcome burst of form.

That is the view of assistant manager Gavin Skelton, who says standards must remain high after a run of four wins from five.

United’s improvement under Keith Millen has taken them six points above the relegation zone after a long period of struggle in 2021/22.

After Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bradford City, now have two further home games where they will bid to consolidate that progress, starting with Crawley Town’s visit on Saturday.

Skelton, though, says the Blues must not get ahead of themselves and warned that lots of hard work still lies ahead.

“You never get too carried away,” the coach said.

“We’ll have to keep that confidence but we’re still where we are in the league [sixth bottom], there are lots of teams around us, and we need to keep picking up points.

“We won’t rest on our laurels. We played well and deserved to win on Saturday but I think there’s more to come from us.”

Carlisle turned in arguably their best performance of the season to see off the Bantams.

It saw Jordan Gibson and Omari Patrick cap the positive display with impressive goals.

United have also kept four clean sheets in five league games to improve their survival prospects.

Skelton, though, says Carlisle can still play better.

“I think we can improve,” the Cumbrian said.

“In the first half it was ok – it wasn’t quite right but it was ok, which is fine.

“You want that consistency, like that last 10-15 minutes of the first half and at times in the second half; that option of being patient in possession but also that option to spin it in behind.

“Being ultra-critical we wanted more. We could have passed the ball quicker in the first half, to try and break those lines and create more opportunities.

“But we showed good patience, good movement, not to rest in possession, to move so people have options on the ball, whether shorter or in behind, and keep stretching the game.”

Skelton has also paid tribute to the way fans got behind the team in Saturday’s Brunton Park victory.

“They make such a difference,” he said. “I’ve been on record a number of times to say that.

“You have to give them something to get behind, we did and they responded.

“It really helped and that’s why we got that second goal in the last 10 minutes.”

Skelton, meanwhile, says this week without a midweek fixture will give a good opportunity to bed in new signings and work with players returning from injuries.

“Especially with new players it gives them a chance, and we’ve got some coming back from injury, so it gives you the chance to have a proper training week,” he said.

“Sometimes when you play Saturday-Tuesday…personally I don’t mind playing because it’s good to have the games, but this does give you the chance to do a proper training week and get some more work into the ones that haven’t played, and more tactical understanding to the players that are playing on a Saturday.”