Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh sees positives in defeat

Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh insists his side will win games if they continue to perform as they did in their Boxing Day defeat against Preston

Graham Kavanagh
Graham Kavanagh

Graham Kavanagh believes Carlisle United are making progress, despite their Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Preston North End.

Carlisle stayed 16th in League One after suffering their first home defeat in six games as they lost by a single goal against play-off hopefuls Preston.

But Kavanagh (pictured left) took encouragement from his side’s display, and is looking for them to maintain that level of performance tomorrow as they entertain another side with play-off ambitions, fifth-placed Peterborough United. “I’m sure people will look at the table and feel that things aren’t brilliant but if we keep playing like this then we’ll win games,” he said.

“It was probably my quickest post-match team talk since I took over because I was very proud of the way they performed.

“It’s a case of dusting ourselves down and getting ready to go again tomorrow.”

Kavanagh could recall defender Courtney Meppen-Walter, who is available after sitting out the Preston game through suspension. But Matty Robson (back), Dave Symington (thigh), Danny Livesey and Pascal Chimbonda (both calf), are all still missing.

Peterborough’s five-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end on Boxing Day as they lost 4-2 at Coventry.

Manager Darren Ferguson could recall Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Tyrone Barnett and Kane Ferdinand, but Tommy Rowe (knee), Craig Alcock (calf) and Danny Kearns (hip) remain sidelined.

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