Our preview ahead of Carlisle's trip to Stevenage
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday 21st September 2013
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, SG2 8RH
Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 16oc
Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)
Stevenage's mini unbeaten run came to an end last weekend at Deepdale so the team will be looking to make amends on Saturday when Carlisle are the visitors to The Lamex. Also chasing their second win of the season, The Cumbrians travel to Stevenage on the back of their first win of the campaign, so will be brimming with confidence.
Last time we met:
Carlisle beat 10-man Stevenage to record their third win in four matches back in early February. United started brightly and went in front through Rory Loy's header in his first home start after over a year out recovering from a broken leg. The lead was soon doubled thanks to Lee Miller's penalty after Loy was brought down by Steve Arnold, who was sent off as a result. The visitors got one back through Marcus Haber's close-range header but Carlisle took the points.
Boro: Arnold, Gray, Roberts, Chorley, Comminges, Morais (Hoskins), Grant, Dunne, Freeman, Beleck (Day), Haber (Akins)
Subs not used: Charles, N’Gala, Tansey, Shroot
Darius Charles has a fighting chance of being involved for Stevenage on Saturday after missing the last few weeks and Peter Hartley is likely to start in the centre of defence, despite being substituted early against Preston due to injury.
Carlisle only have two players out for the game: Chris Chantler has been out since the start of the year with an ankle problem and Danny Cadamarteri had a knee operation during the summer, with both still working their way towards full fitness. Manchester United loanee Reece James has been missing with a thigh injury but has been in training all week and is available for selection.
The Carlisle United Scout Report
Carlisle endured a horror start to the season which saw them concede 13 goals in their first three league games as they lost heavily to Leyton Orient, Carlisle and Coventry. Things failed to improve and after six league games and only two points, Greg Abbott’s reign as Carlisle boss came to an end. Graham Kavanagh was installed as caretaker manager and the change brought about an immediate change in fortunes as Carlisle beat Sheffield United last Saturday. Matty Robson scored with a header early in the second half, which was enough to see the club earn their first win of the season.
Matty Robson proved a key player for Carlisle last season, scoring eight goals and putting in some excellent performances from the left flank. The versatile 28-year old, who can play at full back or on the wing, recently scored his second goal of the season to help The Blues get their first win of the campaign, and will be vital to Carlisle’s hopes this season.