The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Wood

IF ARSENE Wenger feels pres­surised at Arse­nal he should try be­ing Greg Ab­bott – al­though the Carlisle boss did stem the tide of de­feats at Colch­ester on Fri­day.

Ab­bott is the third long­est-serv­ing man­ager in the coun­try, be­hind Wenger and Paul Tis­dale of Ex­eter, but three losses in the Cum­bri­ans’ open­ing three games rep­re­sented the worst start to a sea­son in their 109year his­tory.

Things ap­peared to be tak­ing a turn for the bet­ter when Matty Rob­son fired home from 20 yards within the first five min­utes.

But for­mer West Ham striker Fred­die Sears dented Ab­bott’s hopes of three points, though not his de­ter­mi­na­tion to see the job through.

“I don’t feel any pres­sure at all,” said Ab­bott, who took over at Brun­ton Park in Novem­ber 2008.

“It’s other peo­ple who talk about that. I just con­tinue to do my job in the best way I can. I’m able to do it much bet­ter when our best play­ers are avail­able.

“This game was all about work­ing to­gether and fight­ing to­gether to make life as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for the op­po­si­tion.

“If you get beat do­ing that then you can ac­cept it bet­ter than if you have just rolled over and given away a re­sult.

“We still have work to do and the best way to win peo­ple back is to keep the good per­for­mances and re­sults com­ing.

“The lads have set a stan­dard for them­selves now and they have to de­mand from them­selves that they main­tain it.The fans gave their play­ers a stand­ing ova­tion and that is a very good sign. It must feel bet­ter for the play­ers to hear and see that so, hope­fully, they’ll go af­ter more of the same.”

The vis­i­tors took a fourth-minute lead when left-back Rob­son lashed home a low shot past Sam Walker.

Jabo Ibehre and Tosin Olufemi both went close for Colch­ester in the first half be­fore Mark Gille­spie de­nied Sears.

The Carlisle keeper could do noth­ing to stop Sears vol­ley­ing home with 19 min­utes to go though, and U’s boss Joe Dunne ad­mits his side did all they could to add to Ab­bott’s mis­ery.

“In the sec­ond half, we were absolutely out­stand­ing,” said Dunne. “We scored a good goal and we did ev­ery­thing we could do to win the match.

“We were a bit sloppy at times in the first half with some square passes but what re­ally pleased me was the pa­tience of the play­ers.

“Carlisle started well but I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the way that we started the game. But I haven’t got a bad word to say about my play­ers.

“We said at half-time that if we kept pass­ing then we would get op­por­tu­ni­ties. “The play­ers are dis­ap­pointed that they were un­able to win the game and we’re due a big re­sult with

the chances we cre­ate.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SCORCH­ING: Fred­die Sears, left, scores Colch­ester’s equaliser

HERO: Matthew Rob­son cel­e­brates with team­mates

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