Carlisle boss Abbott hit by fresh double injury setback
Carlisle United are beset by injury problems as they prepare for their final match of the League One season at Carrow Road. Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley and defender Tom Aldred are the latest to be ruled out of the clash with the Canaries.
Carlisle United are beset by injury problems as they prepare for their final match of the League One season at Carrow Road.
Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley and defender Tom Aldred are the latest to be ruled out of the clash with the Canaries.
Pidgeley, 26, reported discomfort in his ankle joint after the 3-0 reserve team victory over Oldham on Wednesday and will not be fit travel. Second-year youth 'keeper Mark Gillespie, who has signed a one-year professional contract, will travel as back-up for first choice Adam Collin.
Defender Tom Aldred, 19, has also been ruled out because of a niggling back problem.
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Striker Joe Anyinsah has returned to full training after a double hernia operation and is in the squad for tomorrow. His substitute appearance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Southampton in March was his last appearance for the club, and he is yet to agree a new deal at Brunton Park. Four more senior players are sidelined - Matt Robson, Peter Murphy, Danny Livesey and Kevan Hurst.
'We are going to be down again in terms of numbers but if we can produce the same attitude and commitment that we did against Walsall last Saturday, we will be OK,' said manager Greg Abbott.
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'It is Norwich's celebration day, they will be in party land and they deserve to be.
'But we have got a game of football to play. We want to go there and try to round off our season as best we can. It will be a perfect pitch, and hopefully we can roll our sleeves up and have a right go at playing some decent football.
'We don't want to finish on a whimper. We won't want to allow people to say we have just gone through the motions. We don't work like that. We will prepare exactly how we would for any other game, and try to upset the party.'
City won 1-0 at Carlisle in the League One meeting in October, but the Cumbrians gained a measure of revenge with their 3-1 FA Cup win on the same ground in November.
'I don't think we need to prove to anybody that we can compete with the best,' said Abbott. 'Look over the season and we have competed with Leeds, Huddersfield, Millwall, Colchester, Norwich, Southampton and Charlton. We have got points off the best.
'Our big thing next season will be to improve the consistency. We have nothing to be frightened of. I have got to build a squad that can score more goals and concede fewer goals with the money I have got available. And there is a lot of hard work that goes into making that simple equation happen.'
Carlisle have clocked up 11,806 miles to complete their league fixtures alone, before their trio of cup runs have also been considered, and Abbott is keen to reward the travelling fans with a good show tomorrow.
He said: 'More often than not, the away support has been phenomenal in terms of numbers and the vocal backing we have had, and we want to say a massive thank you to them.
'I can only think of the Yeovil game last October, and maybe the Wycombe game a couple of months ago, when they have actually been critical.
'For the rest of it, they have seen plenty of honesty and, although the results haven't always set the world on fire, we have actually produced some good displays against the odds, against some very good sides. The fans have stayed with us all the way.'