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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd boss Greg Abbott’s relegation warning

Greg Abbott admitted his Carlisle United team will slide back into deep relegation trouble if they repeat their horror show against Walsall.

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Greg Abbott, left and assistant Graham Kavanagh

The woeful Blues went down to their first home defeat of 2013 thanks to Will Grigg’s hat-trick.

Manager Abbott described it as a “dishevelled” performance while captain Lee Miller said the display was “embarrassing”.

The Cumbrians are now six points above the bottom four after many of the strugglers claimed vital victories.

Abbott said: “That’s a team that would end up in trouble if it doesn’t improve its performance.

“This is a tough time to be manager of this club. I have to resurrect the performances. I’ll do my utmost but I haven’t got a magic formula.

“The whole of the world’s on my shoulders, and I am down. I’m hurt by all the criticism that is thrown at me and the club. But I’ve come out fighting before and I’ll come out fighting again – and so will the group.”

The United boss, though, defended striker Miller against suggestions that his poor form is linked to his contract situation.

The frontman, one of many players whose deal is up in the summer, has only scored three goals in 15 games since returning from injury, two of them penalties.

Miller himself described last night’s showing as his worst for United.

Miller took to Twitter to respond to comments from fans. Article continues below...

But Abbott said: “I don’t want people labelling that he’s out of contract and going to move on, so he won’t try. Lee is not that type of lad and I think it’s a lack of respect for Lee as a person to say that.

“He is going to give his all between now and the end of the season and he will have good and bad days.

“It’s not in anyone’s interests to deliberately play poorly. He’s had an off-night. I know the lad and he is trying.”

Walsall’s Northern Ireland international forward Grigg struck with a second-minute penalty and then further goals in the 66th and 85th minute in front of 3,266 fans at Brunton Park.

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