Graham Kavanagh: Crewe game will not be easy for us

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh gives his opinion of how he thinks his side will fare against Crewe Alexandra tonight

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh
Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh

The idea Carlisle United could ever look at any game as one they should really win is mildly ridiculous.

Given that they have four league victories to their name so far, it would be presumption bordering on madness for any player to disrespect any opponent.

But if there is any game that can put in the “we really need out backsides kicked if we don’t take three points” category then it’s this one.

Crewe Alexandra are a great name in English football, who are not doing so great at the moment.

They sit second bottom of League One and tonight will travel to Brunton Park in search of an elusive win.

Carlisle are hardly world beaters themselves. But they are better than Crewe. Aren’t they?

Manager Graham Kavanagh said: “There is nobody at our level who can go into any game thinking they will just turn up and win.

“If we do that at any time then we’re in big trouble.

“I would say that even the lesser teams, and I include us in that, can beat the bigger boys on their day. That’s just League One for you.

“I have a lot of respect for what Crewe as a club have done over the years, but they are struggling a bit right now.

“We are at home so the onus will be on us to attack them. They won’t have their own home fans on then and that might work out to their benefit.

“Some of our fans might think this will be easy, but nothing could be further from the truth.”

Kavanagh believes his side took a small step forward by holding out for a 0-0 draw at Rotherham United on Saturday.

He would like to see much of that performance repeated this evening.

The Irishman said: “We played with intelligence and honesty, plus a bit of quality thrown in as well.

“Basically, everything you would expect from a League One side. I really liked what I saw. We played with ten men in the second-half and could even have won it right at the end.

“I want to see the same attitude and determination. We did an awful lot right and I was really pleased with them.”

On-loan Hull defender Conor Townsend was the man who was sent off at the weekend. He isn’t available for this one and Kavanagh will have to do a bit of tinkering for this match.

Despite his red card, Townsend is wanted by Kavanagh who has been impressed by the 19-year-old left-back.

He said: “We can’t sign him beyond this 93-day loan so he has to go back to Hull and could easily go on loan elsewhere in December, which would be a right pain in the proverbials.

“I’ve told them if anything happens I want to know. He has been outstanding, his confidence has grown and he is only going to get better.

“We’ve had preliminary discussions with Conor about coming back and it’s something we are working towards. I got sent off when I was 27, he’s only 19 and is learning the game. I asked him what he was thinking and he said he didn’t know. It was very much inexperience and naivety, but he will learn with more games.”

Former Manchester City defender Courtney Meppen-Walter has been offered a one-month contract.

Kavanagh said: “The deal is agreed, but has yet to be signed. I’m hoping that will be done over the next few days.”

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