After losing 4-0 away at newly promoted Sutton United at the weekend, two home fixtures in the Papa John’s Trophy and in the league present Chris Beech’s Carlisle with an opportunity to steer the ship back on course.
Occupying a low 17th place in the table, Chris Beech’s side haven’t exactly got going yet in League Two – only one away victory on the road to date, with two disappointing away performances at Crawley and Sutton fresh in the memory. The Sutton defeat was a wake-up call for all concerned at Brunton Park, Gander Green Lane is a new EFL away day and an unhappy one at that for the travelling faithful. 1-0 down after 4 minutes, a red card to Mampala, and an Alistair Smith double saw a long trip back up to Cumbria made even worse.
Beech’s post-match thoughts with Carlisle United’s website saw a man determined to respond, eager to ensure these two matches at Brunton Park coming up are positive results. Beech stated ‘I have to take responsibility and accept that. In terms of a response, you can only ever do that physically in your performance. We’ll be working hard to make sure we move forwards from this point because it was unacceptable.’
This honest, holding your hands approach coincided with a hunger to truly succeed with Carlisle, a desire to push on even with league leaders Forest Green rocking up on Saturday. He further stated ‘It’s a part of the season and it’s now about responding correctly and building from that point. We have to do that because we’ve put ourselves into a position that you wouldn’t foresee in the first four or five fixtures.’
With panic stations not quite out in full force just yet in Cumbria, the underlying message from Beech was this need to push on and respond to the adversity sooner rather than later. With the Everton U21’s on Tuesday night, there’s a chance to immediately get back to winning ways.
With a hammering at Sutton United fresh, Beech’s men will want to exorcise those demons almost immediately. As much as the competition is seen as lesser, the Everton U21’s match in the Papa John’s Trophy will be a good test for his Carlisle team.
Games after that look more tricky – Forest Green, Bristol Rovers and Tranmere making up the next three fixtures for the Cumbrians. Come out of these hard tests with some points and performances to match, Beech and co will be more than happy with that return.