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Gaffer: Carlisle will be robust challenge for us

29 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson admits he expects a ‘robust’ challenge from a Carlisle United side that will still have play-off aspirations when they visit the LCI Rail Stadium on Good Friday (kick-off 3pm).

Johnson’s team are buoyed by the recent 5-3 away win over Crawley Town and they remain undefeated this month.

They will also welcome back Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon after Wales Under-21 call-ups.

However, Johnson expects Carlisle to pose a big threat as they aim for a play-off spot.

“They are a robust team, very uncompromising if you like and they have they have a good, solid system they play to and they are on good form, very good form,” he said.

“We keep coming up against teams in form, so we'll have to be ready for it.

“They get numbers behind the ball when they need to, but they get numbers forward when they need to.

“I can see them making a late shout for the play-offs, but obviously they have to get over our hurdle first and see how we do. We have to be ready for their strengths.”

Johnson’s team are closing in on the top half of the table after the recent run of form and he insists his Robins will keep looking up.

“We are looking higher,” he added. “Everyone says your needs 50 points to be safe and you'd be a very rich man if you could guarantee we'd win the next two and we'd lose the next two. You can have a bet, but we can't.

“That's in the future so we'll have to wait and see how it develops. At the moment we want to pick up three points and see where it takes us come the end of the season.”

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