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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Carlisle Utd will creep into top half of table says Crawley boss

Crawley boss Richie Barker has warned his players not to underestimate Carlisle tonight as he believes the Blues will finish this season in the top half of League One.

Danny Cadamarteri photo
Danny Cadamarteri

Carlisle are without Lee Miller for the trip as the Scottish targetman is banned for three games for his red card at Notts County on Saturday.

Greg Abbott’s side has not won in five games, while Crawley have collected two wins in their last three games, including a 2-0 victory at Bury on Saturday. But Barker is backing Abbott to turn things round and steer Carlisle clear of the relegation zone.

Barker said: “Greg has done a great job there in the five years he has been manager. I wouldn’t rule them out of another top-half finish because they certainly have the players who can get them results and lift them up the table.

“Carlisle have got a 350-mile trip home afterwards and I don’t imagine they will want to get on the bus with nothing to show for their efforts. They aren’t in great form at the moment but from all accounts they should have got something out of the game at Notts County so it is going to be another extremely tough 90 minutes. We have had back to back away wins and clean sheets, so it would be nice to transport that back home.

“I saw Carlisle play at Portsmouth and thought they were excellent with some very good players. Greg has some players who are a real handful,”

Teenager Mark Beck and veteran Danny Cadamarteri are vying for the chance to replace Miller up front tonight at the Broadfield Stadium.

Crawley have former Wolves and Bolton centre-back Mark Connolly available after serving a one-match ban, while Barker will check on the fitness of top scorer Billy Clarke.

The forward, who has 12 goals this season, came off during last Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Brentford, and missed the 2-0 defeat of Bury.

Barker added: “It’s important that we got momentum and we are starting to pick that up.”

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