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Preview: Robins V Carlisle

29 March 2018

Cheltenham Town return to the LCI Rail Stadium for the visit of Carlisle on Good Friday (kick-off 3pm) full of confidence and unbeaten in five matches in Sky Bet League Two.

The Robins secured a 5-3 away win in their last match away at Harry Kewell’s Crawley, with Mo Eisa scoring two and taking his tally to 20 in the division, meaning he could surpass Julian Alsop’s 2001/02 club record if he finds the net against the Cumbrians.

Carlisle have drawn their last three and are undefeated in seven, five places and nine points ahead of Gary Johnson’s men in tenth.

They were held to a point against Cambridge at home last Saturday, as Richie Bennett’s goal two minutes into the second half was cancelled out just three minutes by George Maris.

Cheltenham were defeated 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Brunton Park in August.

The Opposition:

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle - in his fourth season at the club - is refusing to give up on the play-offs.

The Cumbrains are currently six points adrift of the play-off places with seven games remaining.

“There is no chance (of giving up),” he said. “Everybody is still focused on gaining as many points as we can, because you never know what can happen.

“Our supporters would be disappointed if I said that's it, it's gone. Some managers (at other clubs) have come out in the past and used it as a motivation to say, 'it's gone now, and it's just a case of finishing off the season’. But that is not happening here.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon are available for selection after returning from playing with the Wales Under-21 squad, whilst Sanmi Odelusi is set to be assessed after missing the Crawley encounter.

Carlisle: Jamal Campbell-Ryce could be involved after recovering from a calf injury, whilst fellow wingers Reggie Lamb and Kris Twardek will return after missing the Cambridge game through international duty.

The man in the middle:

Referee Nicholas Kingsley will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. His assistants are Mark Griffiths and John Farries, whilst the fourth official is Abbas Khan.

Last time we met:          

19/08/17 - Carlisle 3-0 Cheltenham (L2)

28/02/17 - Cheltenham 1-0 Carlisle (L2)

16/08/16 - Carlisle 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

03/03/15 - Carlisle 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)

19/08/14 - Cheltenham 0-0 Carlisle (L2)

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REPORT: Robins 0-1 Carlisle United

30 March 2018

Cheltenham Town were beaten for the first time in six matches as Jamie Devitt’s penalty 15 minutes from time was enough for Carlisle United to take all three points on Good Friday at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The Robins were the better team in the first half as Mo Eisa, chasing a club record breaking 21st goal of the season, was twice denied from close range by Cumbrians’ stopper Jack Bonham.

But despite having most of the chances, Cheltenham fell behind in the 74th minute when Devitt sent Scott Flinders the wrong way with a penalty after Taylor Moore’s foul inside the box.

The hosts were unable to find a response and fell to defeat on the day Gary Johnson took over as manager three years ago.

Johnson made two changes to the team that won at Crawley Town last weekend, as Joe Morrell and Jerell Sellars came in for Harry Pell and Jake Andrews.

Morrell returned to the side after missing the trip to the Checkatrade Stadium due to being on international duty with Wales Under-21’s, while Sellars was making his first start in ten matches.

Fresh from their five-star showing at Crawley, the Robins started with some neat passing in midfield and from an Ilias Chatzitheodoridis cross, Eisa controlled well but his shot deflected comfortably into the arms of Bonham.

Then came a massive chance for the hosts after 11 minutes, as more patient build-up play lead to Sellars beating his man and drilling a low cross into the six-yard-box, but Kevin Dawson tapped wide.

Dawson was then caught offside when hitting the post with a neat flick after Sellars found him again as Johnson’s side continued to press forward.

The confident Sellars, making his first start since the 1-1 home draw with Barnet in late January, then hit a low attempt that was held by Bonham in the 15th minute.

Morrell then drove through the midfield before unleashing Eisa, who forced the busy Bonham to turn his shot from a tight angle wide for a corner which Sellars then fired a wayward attempt high and wide from.

Keith Curle’s side then forced a corner at the Speedy Skips End which prompted a ping-pong situation that eventually ended up with another corner which was claimed well by Flinders.

Jamie Grimes and Will Boyle then both stretched but failed to get onto the end of a free-kick as Cheltenham tried to break the deadlock before the interval, Flinders then did well to parry a dangerous cross away at the other end.

While Carlisle were looking to bombard the home penalty box with crosses, the Robins were playing some good football on the ground but despite having the better chances, the scores remained level at half-time.

As the rain poured down on Whaddon Road, Cheltenham started the second period on the front foot and after a decent spell of possession Carl Winchester’s attempt deflected wide.

Grimes then headed off target from the resulting corner and Dawson’s volley was eventually gathered at the second attempt by Bonham just a couple of minutes later.

The pressure continued as Nigel Atangana struck a shot wide in the 50th minute with Johnson’s side well on top before Devitt’s long-range shot flew inches wide as the visitors threatened with a rare attack.

Morrell’s teasing free-kick was headed onto the roof of the net by Boyle as he bravely jumped to beat keeper Bonham before Eisa’s shot then blocked behind as the hosts continued to chase a first home win in four matches.

A Carlisle counter attack nearly resulted in the opener though, as Richie Bennett smashed over the bar from Devitt’s whipped cross.

Then, against the run, of play Moore brought the last man down inside the penalty box and the visitors were awarded a penalty which Devitt scored.

With their tails up, Bennett cut inside and placed a shot against the inside of the post as Carlisle came within inches of doubling their lead five minutes later.

Substitute Hallam Hope tested Flinders as Curle’s team threatened again but one goal was enough for the Cumbrians to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches and inflict defeat on Cheltenham.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Grimes, Atangana, Dawson, Winchester, Boyle, Sellars (Graham 65), Eisa, Morrell, Moore (Pell 75), Chatzitheodoridis. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Cranston, Rodon, Onariase, Lloyd.

CARLISLE: Bonham (Gk), Joyce (Hope 64), Liddle, Parkes, Jones, Devitt (Lambe 90) Bennett, Ellis, Brown, Stockton (Nadesan 64), Hill. Subs not used: Gray (Gk), Grainger, O’Sullivan, Twardek.

REFREE: Nicholas Kinseley

ATTENDANCE: 3,107 (309 from Carlisle)

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