Graham Kavanagh hoping Carlisle United can keep up the momentum

Graham Kavanagh is hoping Carlisle United’s momentum can push his case for the manager’s job today.

Carlisle United players
Carlisle United players

Graham Kavanagh is hoping Carlisle United’s momentum can push his case for the manager’s job today.

The Cumbrians entertain Notts County hoping to make it three wins out of three since he took over caretaker control after the sacking of Greg Abbott.

Kavanagh (pictured left) was one of those interviewed for the permanent job this week. Former manager Paul Simpson, former player Andy Preece and Paul Sturrock were also thought to have been considered.

“The lads are under no illusions that this will be a difficult game,” said ex-Sunderland midfielder Kavanagh.

“Notts County are a good side who have got off to a poor start and they will want to put that right. We’re going to have to play in the same way as we have in the last two games because we’ll be punished if we take our foot off the gas.

“We’ve built up a bit of momentum and we want to keep that going now. Hopefully that will be the case.”

Carlisle have already beaten Sheffield United and Stevenage under Kavanagh’s stewardship. Hull City defender Conor Townsend has extended his loan for another two months, but captain Lee Miller is a major doubt after straining his calf in the win at Stevenage.

Carlisle’s record in the loan market has been hit and miss this season but Troy Archibald-Henville has been another success. His month-long loan from Swindon Town ends today. “Troy knows that we’re talking to Swindon and that we would like him to stay,” said Kavanagh. “Those talks are ongoing at the moment.”

STUART RAYNER

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