Carlisle United striker Lee Miller is preaching the power of positive thinking

The statistics point to a home win when Coventry City entertain Carlisle United this evening, but Lee Miller wants his team-mates to think positively

Lee Miller celebrates scoring his first of two for Carlisle
Lee Miller of Carlisle United

Lee Miller has told Carlisle United to start believing they are too good to be mired in a relegation battle.

Saturday’s postponement at Crawley Town means the Cumbrians take on Coventry City tonight still only three points above the bottom four.

The hopes of that improving tonight are slim given that Carlisle’s last away win was in October, and they have lost their last six on their travels.

But striker Miller pointed to the unpredictability of League One as cause for optimism.

“Recently we’ve made Brunton Park a kind of fortress but we’ve thrown away silly points against so-called smaller sides,” he said.

“Away from home you just have to look at Bristol City winning at Leyton Orient, which is ridiculous. We have to go with the positive attitude that we can do that.

“Everybody is labelling this a relegation battle. We know we are good enough to get up the table and go on a wee run but we don’t take anything for granted.”

Carlisle’s preparations for tonight’s game at the Sixfields Stadium have not been helped by their wasted 696-mile round trip at the weekend for a game that was only called off at noon.

“When it comes to preparing the lads for what is a busy period things like this make it more difficult,” said Kavanagh. “We missed our training session on Friday because the priority was to get through what were horrific weather conditions safely. That proved to be no easy task because I have to say, at times, it was actually extremely dangerous.

“The game was then obviously called off so we are now faced with another day where all we do is travel. We will have to assess and evaluate the best course of action for us to take to make sure the lads are ready to go for the Coventry game. I am just disappointed for the club, the fans and for everybody connected with this game. All in all it has been a really bad couple of days.”

Crawley are in discussions with Carlisle to find a way to compensate the 111 travelling fans.

“We will be trying to come up with a sensible solution to try and compensate those supporters who travelled here,” said Crawley chief executive Michael Dunford. “They sold 111 tickets pre-match, and in particular we will try and do something positive for those 111 people.”

The reason for the late call-off was that on Friday night a local referee deemed the match had “more than a fighting chance”, but Kavanagh is angry the Football League had not made a decision sooner.

Striker Nacho Novo could make his debut tonight, and former Scottish Premier League striker Miller thinks he will be a good signing. “Nacho’s a cult figure at Rangers and an absolute legend there,” Miller commented.

“Everybody loves him and he’s one of those that rubs off on you.

“We locked horns a few times and he scored a few goals. He’s one of those who pops up with vital goals at vital times.

“That could be what we need. He’s got an old head on his shoulders and he can give us that different option.

“Hopefully he has got something to prove here. He’s done alright in training.”


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