CARLISLE'S miserable home record is back under the microscope tonight – just 72 hours after their latest defeat at Brunton Park plunged the club into what Greg Abbott admits is the biggest crisis of his four-year reign.
Abbott branded his side’s display in their 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient ‘unacceptable’ and will be expecting a major improvement against play-off hopefuls Doncaster Rovers this evening.
Carlisle have lost five of their nine home games so far, have the worst defensive record on home soil in League One and, worryingly, less than 4,000 turned out to see them lose against the Os as the Cumbrians slipped to 18th in the table.
Abbott accepts that, in these circumstances, it is inevitable his position will come under scrutiny, but he remains determined to turn things round.
He said: “Over four years we have been in serious situations. Probably this is as serious as it gets.
“That’s the game. I’m alright with the scrutiny. It’s understandable.
“There has to be a responsibility for somebody. It will take time for us to buy the fans’ trust and supportback. Whatever people are saying about us at the moment, I just have to take it on the chin.
“The players are unbelievably behind what we are doing, they are such a tight group.”
Abbott will have to hope team spirit shines through tonight as they prepare to take on a Doncaster side whose win at Portsmouth at the weekend was its fourth victory in six league games.
Carlisle striker Danny Cadamarteri missed the Orient game with a groin injury and has now been ruled out for a further fortnight. However, winger Matty Robson could return to the starting line-up after making his comeback from a back injury as a substitute at the weekend.
Danny Livesey (hand) and Paul Thirlwell (ankle) are doubtful.
On-loan Manchester United defender Sean McGinty could come in for his debut in place of either Peter Murphy or Mike Edwards.
Abbott is also seeking to extend Watford striker Joe Garner’s loan spell at Brunton Park.
Tonight’s game would be his last under the current arrangement.