Graham Kavanagh hopes Carlisle United will have the backing of their biggest crowd of the season for this afternoon’s M6 derby against Preston North End.
The Cumbrians are looking to atone for their disappointing weekend defeat at Walsall, and extend their unbeaten run at Brunton Park to seven games in all competitions.
Carlisle and Preston’s last five meetings have ended in draws, including a thrilling 3-3 contest at Deepdale on Boxing Day last year.
Manager Kavanagh said: “In the last few years this has been a game everybody has got behind.
“We have had some real ding-dong affairs that have had people on the edge of their seats.
“I hope the fans do play their part. I’m sure there will be extra numbers because it’s Boxing Day and I hope they bring the belief with them.
“With their help we can bounce back from the defeat at Walsall and push on again.”
Carlisle will have their work cut out against fifth-placed Preston, who have designs on a play-off place and whose home defeat against Brentford on Saturday was their first reverse in 12 games.
Carlisle will be without the suspended Courtney Meppen-Walter, while Josh Morris (concussion), Pascal Chimbonda (calf), Danny Livesey (calf) and Dave Symington (thigh) are also out.