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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Midfielder Matty Robson is priceless says Carlisle Utd boss

Matty Robson was today described as “priceless” by manager Greg Abbott – who told his other players to follow the winger’s lead.

Matty Robson photo
Matty Robson

Robson is in peak form with goals in their last three home games, which have earned United nine vital points.

The wide man – Carlisle’s matchwinner against Coventry – has already equalled his best ever return for a season with seven. And Abbott says the former Hartlepool star is setting an example to his team-mates.

“Matty Robson as a player has been priceless,” said the United manager. “Even last week at Swindon, dropping back to left-back, he was probably our best player.

“His consistency has been there and he gives you everything when he goes out there – 100 per cent commitment, attitude, determination.

“With our 4-3-3 system we need goals from the two midfielders who get forward, and also the wide players. We haven’t got as many from Nobs [Liam Noble] and Bez [James Berrett] as we would have liked.

“Matty has been the bonus in that respect. Sometimes his performances go up and down but he has pace and gets in the right areas. To be fair, he is capable of finishing as well as anyone in the world, but he’s also capable of finishing like me. But at the moment if we get the others scoring as well as him we will start looking like we can charge up the league.”

Robson’s recent goalscoring form has helped 17th-placed United earn wins against Hartlepool, Bury and Coventry and those victories now see them nine points above the League One relegation zone. The improving home form has helped Abbott’s side recover from a series of away defeats and give themselves breathing space in the survival fight.

United’s boss, meanwhile, has played down suggestions he needs to make more additions before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Abbott – who was impressed with debutant defender Sean O’Hanlon against Coventry – has not ruled out doing more business but said cash-strapped United will have to move players out in order to bring in any more new players.

“It would be a case of shuffling finances to make it happen, which is not easy,” he said. “With everyone fit we have actually got a very good squad. We would have to make some of ours available to make other deals happen.”

Outcast defender Alessio Bugno is training with former club Monza as he seeks a permanent exit from United.

But reports in Italy say the left-back is not certain to rejoin the club and has other options in his homeland.

United say they are unaffected by the disciplinary case which has emerged over former Blues striker Danny Graham’s 2011 move from Watford to Swansea.

Watford have been charged with breaking third-party investment rules in relation to the £3.5 million deal and with breaching another financial regulation.

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