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18 November 2017

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17 November 2017

The Mariners went down 2-0 at Exeter City last weekend, and goals in particular may be on the agenda for boss Russell Slade after three straight goalless draws at home.

Several doubts for Town

Paul Dixon will definitely miss out for Town after picking up his fifth booking of the season last weekend at Exeter.

Boss Russell Slade is also hoping that James Berrett and Martyn Woolford will be able to return after suffering from a back injury and illness respectively, but there could be a big boost with Jamey Osborne in contention for a place in the squad after getting some more game time under his belt.

Carlisle will be without last year’s player of the year in midfielder Nicky Adams after he was ruled out for the rest of the season on Tuesday with a serious knee injury.

Carlisle looking for response

Carlisle are in good form as of late and will be looking to continue to march up the table with victory at the weekend.

They have now only lost one game since September and after Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Yeovil Town, the will be high on confidence.

Manager Keith Curle took charge in September 2014 and has been fairly consistent during that time. His side reached the play-offs last campaign following a 6th placed finish, where they eventually went down to Exeter City in May after a thrilling encounter that finished 6-3 to the Grecians on aggregate.

The have plenty of firepower in their side and full-back Danny Grainger, striker Hallam Hope and midfielder Reggie Lambe have all scored 6 goals each this campaign, so Town will have to be on their game to keep a clean sheet.

Four points for Town last campaign

The two sides last met each other in January, where Town ended an unbeaten home record for Carlisle by coming away with a 3-1 victory through a brace from Omar Bogle, as well as a debut goal for Adi Yussuf.

The reverse fixture saw a late equaliser from Tom Bolarinwa earn a 2-2 draw at Blundell Park in November, with an Omar Bogle penalty being the other strike for the Mariners, whilst Charlie Wyke and an own goal from Zak Mills were on the scoresheet for Carlisle.

Town have the advantage in head-to-head games, winning 22 of the 41 games the sides have played, whilst Carlisle have won eight and there has been 11 draws.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ‘’It has been frustrating because there’s not been an awful lot in games. When it is a fine line we’ve not concerted a penalty or we’ve hit the post – it’s not quite happened. We’ve got to be patient as a football club, and I know that’s not easy but it’s something we have to do.

Keith Curle: ‘’They’re a team who can score goals on their day. They’ve been on a decent run of being undefeated recently If you put last week to one side, so they’re a difficult team to break down. I know Russell and he’s a manager who wants to win football matches. He likes his team to have a solid foundation and he’s very aware tactically, which means he can spot a weakness.’’

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