Ab­bott needs to find quick rem­edy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Fur­long

CARLISLE boss Greg Ab­bott ad­mit­ted he must find a cure to Carlisle United’s worst-ever start to a league sea­son af­ter a heavy de­feat to Coven­try City – and fast.

Ques­tion marks sur­round the Sky Blues’ fu­ture but vic­tory was cer­tain courtesy of early goals from Leon Clarke – who struck again in the sec­ond-half – Franck Moussa, and Billy Daniels by the half-hour mark.

Carlisle have con­ceded 13 league goals in a three-game los­ing streak and Ab­bott – who did not shirk the blame – com­pared his team’s lack of con­fi­dence to an ill­ness.

He said:“At the mo­ment they are frag­ile and lack­ing in so much con­fi­dence. We are not go­ing to scream at them as they need con­sol­ing.

“It’s like a dis­ease, you fight against it and then you try and give them a bit of medicine and try to cor­rect it.

“I’m not try­ing to be clever or flash by say­ing that but I have to rem­edy it to put it right.

“I’m go­ing to stand and take the whole re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause it’s me who picks the team and puts the squad to­gether.

“I’m tak­ing the rap and I hope I’m al­lowed some time to get the big play­ers back.”

Clarke’s em­phatic fin­ish handed Coven­try the lead af­ter just four min­utes and mo­ments later, the vis­i­tors dou­bled up as Moussa chipped past a help­less Mark Gille­spie.

Hope for the home side – af­ter Mark Beck was brought down by Andy Web­ster for a penalty – was snuffed out as Joe Mur­phy saved.

On the half-hour Carlisle’s mis­ery deep­ened when Sky Blues teenager Daniels stroked home for his third goal of the sea­son.

And the in-form Clarke struck again as he took ad­van­tage of Kevin Feely’s at­tempted back­pass on 65 min­utes, be­fore Brad Potts’ David Beck­ham-es­que lob for Carlisle hit the post.

Sub Mathieu Manset hit the bar late on for the Sky Blues and man­ager Steven Press­ley be­lieves more play­ers de­served re­wards for their ef­forts.

“I’m absolutely de­lighted with the play­ers and the way they are go­ing about their press­ing, their en­ergy, their de­fen­sive du­ties,” he said. “The only dis­ap­point­ment is that it wasn’t more than four. I said to Cal­lum (Wil­son) at half-time he must re­alise how good a player he is, he caused them prob­lems all af­ter­noon and I was des­per­ate for him to score.

“Matty (Manset) has still got a bit to go but some of his skills are sen­sa­tional.

“When he first came he was not fit enough and said it’s the hard­est he’s worked.”

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