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Friday, 29 August 2014

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We must show no mercy to Portsmouth, says Carlisle Utd's Berrett

James Berrett today declared that Carlisle United must show no mercy to crisis club Portsmouth when the Blues bid to get back on track.

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James Berrett

United’s goalscorer in their defeat at Scunthorpe said the Cumbrians have the perfect chance to bounce back this weekend against opponents who have not won for 20 games.

Pompey’s deep financial troubles have left the south coast club staring relegation in the face.

And Berrett said United have to take full advantage when they make their first trip to Fratton Park since 1985. “It’s a perfect opportunity because they are struggling at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve got to look to take advantage. At times when we’ve been struggling, teams have punished us and put a few past us. We’ve got to do the same ourselves.”

Berrett was scathing about United’s showing in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Glanford Park.

The midfielder said their first-half display was not good enough, even though it included his first league goal since August. The 24-year-old added there must be a big improvement against Pompey after the midweek loss checked their recent progress.

“The first half killed us. We were 2-0 down and had a mountain to climb.

“The goal gave us a lifeline but we weren’t good enough.

“We all know that and we shot ourselves in the foot. After playing well and getting some good results it was disappointing.

“The second half was better, it had to be. There was a reaction, a couple of chances and their keeper made a couple of saves. We could have got a draw but I don’t know if we’d have deserved it, to be honest.

“At Portsmouth we can’t start like we did against Scunthorpe. That is crucial. We have to be a lot brighter.”

At Glanford Park on Tuesday Berrett ended a League One goal drought dating back to August 25, when he last netted against Portsmouth in Carlisle’s 4-2 win at Brunton Park.

Only a strike in the FA Cup against non-leaguers Ebbsfleet had followed that goal until his 25-yard effort against the Iron.

But Berrett is in no mood to celebrate getting back to goalscoring ways.

“It’s always pleasing to score and it was a nice strike, but it didn’t mean anything,” he said.

“We missed a good opportunity to catch up the teams above us. We have been playing better, but that stops the momentum and it will make it harder on Saturday, going down there after a defeat.

“It is going to be tougher but we are confident we can bounce back.”

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