Carlisle go into a tough away trip in high spirits after three wins on the bounce, lifting the blues to fourth in the league.
Lat time out saw yet another tight, but satisfying victory, 1-0 home victory against Crewe. New loan signing Ashley Nadasen got the only goal and the striker has picked up where he left off last season on his previous loan, becoming a favorite with many fans yet again.
Despite a perfect week with three wins from three, Sheridan and everyone else involved will know full well that this is no means to get carried away. Arguably three winnable games have been planned to perfection, nonetheless harder tasks lay ahead.
The first of two difficult away trips comes this Saturday, with a trip to Mansfield, who have had a mixed season to date.
After falling flat at the end of last season, in a year that promised so much, Mansfield will be hoping to rebuild and aim for the heights of fighting for promotion this time round.
Last campaign they went into the League Two season as favorites for promotion, with many lucrative signings brought in for the cause. The season did seem to peter out, and the loss of manager Steve Evans didn’t help leading to much discontent mid-season.
David Flitcroft now takes the reigns and despite four draws in the opening five games there is promise to be held still being unbeaten.
Previous League Games
Mansfield have fallen flat of late, despite a resolute performance in the cup in midweek- only losing to Championship outfit West Brom 2-1.
Previously, four frustrating draws in a row haven’t held much optimism for the fans, the latest been away at lowly Macclesfield, who are still yet to pick up maximum points on their return to the EFL.
Contrarily, Carlisle have managed to turn their doom and gloom on tis head with three wins in the space of seven days, the latest that 1-0 victory at home to Crewe.
The only downside was a horrible clash, in which goalkeeper Joe Fryer came out with a broken leg, a long lay-off which may likely end the Middlesbrough loanee’s stint at Brunton Park.
- Carlisle has lost their last two visits to Field Mill, suffering a 3-1 defeat on New years day last year.
- Carlisle’s last victory against their Opponents (October 2016), was a memorable one; a resounding 5-2 victory sending the blues to the top of the league.
- In 77 meetings, both sides have 30 wins each.
CARLISLE: Fryer, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Yates, Etuhu, Devitt, Hope, Nadesan, Bennett.
MANSFIELD: Olejnik, Gibbons, Pearce, Sweeney, Hamilton, MacDonald, Khan, Bishop, Benning, Davies, Walker.
Carlisle Team News
The major absentee coming into this weekends fixture will be Joe Fryer, who looks to be sidelined for the long haul.
John Sheridan may look to the market for replacements, however, Adam Collin is a very able body to fill the gloves and will be in the starting line up this weekend.
It will be no easy task for Carlisle, nevertheless, considering they are in the better form I think they can take away a well-earned point this weekend.
(Mansfield 1-1 Carlisle)
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