Opposition In Focus: Carlisle United

A closer look at the Cumbrians

THE GRECIANS are looking to maintain their momentum as they welcome Carlisle United to St James Park this weekend.

After beating Cambridge United away from home last time out, City now face a tough test against a Carlisle side who have endured some mixed form of late, and most recently played out a goalless draw with Dagenham & Redbridge in midweek.
United are still in with good chance of reaching the play-offs, as they lie just two points behind seventh-placed Wimbledon.

When the sides last met, back in October, City were narrowly beaten 1-0 as Alex Gilliead scored the only goal of the game at Brunton Park.


With United looking to put a consistent run of form together, boss Keith Curle told Carlisle’s official website: "There’s nothing to say we won’t go to Exeter, get one chance and score one goal and go home with all three points. Belief is definitely still there that we can do the job. We are creating opportunities and the goals will come if we continue to do that."

Curle, who is a former England international, took charge of United in September 2014 having already managed the likes of Notts County and Torquay United. He arrived at Brunton Park with the club in the relegation places in League Two, but he has since steadily built the side to challenge for a play-off place.
A key player in United’s pursuit of promotion is striker Jabo Ibehre - Carlisle's leading marksman has fifteen goals this season. He is closely followed by Charlie Wyke, who has scored ten times and Derek Asamoah has eight.


The sides have met fifty-one times before, with City recording twenty-one wins to United's seventeen.

City completed a league double over the Cumbrians last season - they will need to avoid defeat tomorrow in order to ensure the visitors don't repeat the feat.