Cup-tie striker dilemma for boss Abbott

CARLISLE United will be without striker Jake Jervis for this evening’s Capital One Cup visit of Ipswich Town, writes MARK SMITH.

CARLISLE United will be without striker Jake Jervis for this evening’s Capital One Cup visit of Ipswich Town, writes MARK SMITH.

The front-man is ineligible under the terms of his loan deal from parent club Birmingham City, but is riding high after netting the opener in Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Portsmouth.

“The fans seem to like me, which helps a lot, and hopefully it can stay that way,” said Jervis, the 21-year-old has also seen loan service at Hereford, Swindon, Notts County and Preston. The only disappointment for me is that I can’t play tonight.

“It is a game against a Championship club and I would have loved to have been able to show what I can do, but I still have Saturday [away to MK Dons] to look forward to, and that’s now where my focus will be.” Carlisle will be hoping to extend a miserable week for Ipswich, who were thrashed 6-0 at Blackpool on Saturday.

Former Newcastle striker Michael Chopra was among the many players taking to Twitter in the aftermath to apologise to the club’s supporters, with manager Paul Jewell stating: “I’m not going to blame it on being a young squad, I just thought some of the goals were basic errors.”

Admitting his side had “capitulated” on the Lancashire coast, Jewell added: “It is good that we have a game so quickly after, and it will be a test for the players in how they react to that defeat.”

Carlisle have no such problems following Saturday’s 4-2 home triumph over Portsmouth, a result which leaves them 12th in the League One standings. Manager Greg Abbott branded the end of their Pompey victory “crazy” after both sides scored two injury-time goals apiece, but his thoughts three days later will be on just who leads the line for this evening’s cup clash.

With target-man Lee Miller sidelined by an ankle injury, Danny Cadamarteri a possible doubt after complaining of cramp and Jervis ineligible, Paddy Madden and Mark Beck both come into contention.

Ipswich are not expected to field Guirane N’Daw, the Senegalese midfielder who recently arrived from St Etienne.

United will be hoping to take their Capital One Cup campaign one step further than last season, when they bowed out in the second round.

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