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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd boss wants to finish season on 'absolute high'

Greg Abbott today demanded the strongest possible finish to the campaign from his players, insisting: We’ve still got everything to play for.

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County coach: Greg Abbott

The Blues host Walsall tonight (Brunton Park, 7.45pm) desperate for a win and a strong display which will prevent their season from fizzling out.

Manager Abbott says there was an “end-of-season” feel to Saturday’s draw with MK Dons and is now trying to avoid an underwhelming finish to 2012/13, with 13 games to go.

He said: “We want to put a super run together, to finish the season on an absolute high and give optimism for the club going forward. It’s a really important period.

“A nice run would give everyone some belief and get the crowd excited.

“At times on Saturday it looked like it had an end-of-season feel to it. We don’t want that. We’ve got young players developing who need encouragement, senior players who are taking it to the wire and we are looking at getting a squad together ready to assault next season.

“There is always a reason for needing everyone’s support and belief. Even if the last points of the season don’t mean we go up or down they are still vital to me.”

There is almost a full programme of League One fixtures tonight with United aiming to move up a place to 15th.

The second Brunton Park clash in four days will see Abbott’s side bid to extend a six-match unbeaten run at their home ground.

Matty Robson (groin) is the Blues’ main injury doubt with Danny Livesey hoping to be given the nod after treatment to the head injury he suffered against the Dons.

Ninth-placed Walsall are unbeaten in four and have won eight of their last 12 games as they bid to mount a late play-off push.

Abbott added: “It will be another really tough one – they are having a great season and credit to Dean Smith and his boys.

“They are a young team who have done fantastically well on the resources they have got.

“But we are looking forward to it and seeking that win to get us moving up the table.”

The Saddlers are set to be without Richard Taundry, Ben Purkiss and James Chambers, with teenage right-back Ben George set to make his second start.

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