Graham Kavanagh admits Carlisle United are in a relegation battle as they look to reverse their recent losing run against MK Dons.
The Cumbrians were beaten by Colchester last time out and are searching for three points against a team they have already defeated.
Kavanagh – who is searching for four new signings before Friday’s deadline – has seen his team slide towards the bottom four after three successive defeats. Carlisle will have to cope without Max Ehmer, recalled by QPR after an injury to Danny Simpson.
“I’ve spoken about what we know they are capable of,” he said.
“We have performed well at home even though the result last week wasn’t great. I don’t want to put any more pressure on to them than what they have already put on themselves, but it is important that we realise there is still a long way to go.
“We’re in a relegation battle, we can’t avoid that, but we think we’ve got what we need to get out of it. We know we need wins on the board as soon as possible and that’s what we’re working towards.
“If the fans can continue to get behind us then that is a fantastic feeling. I understand the situation we’re in causes grumbles, but we have to get on with it. We’ve generally played well at home but it’s about getting back to basics.
“We had a very good team shape about us when I first took over and that’s what we need to get back to.”