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Carlisle Utd boss salutes fans ahead of Preston clash

Greg Abbott has backed Carlisle United’s “unbelievable” fans to create a cup-tie atmosphere at Preston – and urged his players to rise to the occasion.

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Greg Abbott

Abbott’s play-off chasing team will be backed by the biggest travelling support for a league game in the manager’s three-year reign when they renew hostilities with North End.

The Boxing Day clash gives Carlisle the chance to move into the play-off places and put one over on the rivals they have not faced for 13 years.

And manager Abbott wants to give United’s 4,000 followers a festive treat at Deepdale.

“The uptake of fans for this game is unbelievable and it will make it like a real cup tie,” said the Blues boss.

“We have to respond to that – that’s for certain.

“This is a definite derby and Boxing Day is a popular football day for the fans.

“Generally we are good in this type of fixture so let’s see if we can carry it forward.”

A convoy of travelling Blues fans will leave Brunton Park on coaches from 10am on Monday.

The United faithful have been undeterred by police instructions which mean that coachloads of supporters must leave the M6 at junction 32 and be escorted to Deepdale, and not stop within 10 miles of Preston city centre.

The strict rules have upset fans travelling on some coaches who have had to cancel pre-match bookings at venues in Preston.

Abbott, meanwhile, says his players will need to be at their best to overcome a North End side lifted by last weekend's win at MK Dons under caretaker managers David Unsworth and Graham Alexander.

“Sometimes a new face and new impetus gives people a lift,” Abbott said. “They have a new chairman and everybody will be keen to impress.

“These are the games the players should want to play in. The feeling is unbelievable if you manage to get a result out of it.

“Graham Alexander and David Unsworth are very experienced people and you would expect them to be telling their players the right things.

“We will have to be massively on our mettle to try and get a result at what is still one of the bigger clubs in the division.”

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we shall always overshadow you as our supportshows

Posted by town end on 27 December 2011 at 20:24

Good game yesterday, deserved draw on the balance of it. Reason i have come on here is cos im fascinated why Carlisle dislike us.

We have/never will be bothered by your lot, its just another game, our derby is blackpool and burnley (clubs not 90 odd miles apart) and its only a derby if both clubs dislike each other and you are just another team to us, Workington is your derby.

Posted by alex carter on 27 December 2011 at 15:20

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