Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley urgently wants his side to arrest their slide down the table when they visit Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Cumbrians have lost four leagues in a row for the first time since February 2017 and Pressley acknowledges now is not the time for talking. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk “we could highlight areas of improvement and things like that. All that matter to our fans and us is the result”.
- Sit 21st on 14 points – four off the bottom two
- League Record – P15 W4 D2 L9 F15 A27
- No team has lost more games than Carlisle
- Lost six of their last eight games
- Only won one of their last seven league games
The Cumbrians head to East London on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Northampton on Tuesday night. Second half goals from Scott Pollock and Sam Hoskins saw Carlisle slip to 21st in League Two. After the defeat Pressley highlighted his frustration and stated to carlisleunited.co.uk “the most important thing is the result, we all wanted a positive result. I’m disappointed of course”.
Pressley joined the Cumbrians back in January and after a summer of change at Brunton Park, the former Fleetwood boss is struggling to pick up results on the pitch. Despite his sides worrying form of picking up just four points from the last 21 available, he is still confident of turning it around. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk “I still have a belief in everything that we do. I still have a belief in my players and in every aspect that we work to. The message is that we will get through this”.
- Pressley’s record at Carlisle – P36 W12 D7 L17
Tuesday’s defeat came with second half goals and the Cumbrians were unable to respond. It was the second successive game Carlisle failed to score and Pressley acknowledges his side need to be more clinical in front of goal. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk “it was evident again that we need to score from the chances created, there’s no doubt that. We were comfortable for long periods but we have to score”.
- Failed to score in seven league games (three away games)
- Only scored one goal in their last four league games
- Failed to score in two away games
- Scored just four goals in last seven league games
Carlisle haven’t lost five league games in a row since 2008 and Pressley highlights the fans don’t care how his side get results on the pitch. The Cumbrians haven’t won on their travels since September and will be looking to change that at Orient. Pressley spoke about the supporters on Tuesday to carlisleunited.co.uk “I thought our supporters were very good. With the disappointment of the results in recent weeks of course you are going to get that reaction at the end, I really do understand that and in general they were getting behind the team”.
- Away League Record – P7 W2 D0 L5 F7 A13
- Lost their last three – conceding six goals
- Last win 3-2 vs Stevenage, 14/09/2019
The O’s lost 4-0 on Tuesday evening and will be looking for a reaction against the Cumbrians. Pressley is keen for his side to use their frustration to hopefully to turn it into results on the pitch. Speaking to carlisleunited.co.uk “we’re working tirelessly and I know that type of effort and commitment I’m seeing means that we will turn things around. We have to show courage now, we have to go out there and find a win because we need to turn this disappointment into results”.
- Kept three league clean sheets (one away)
- No clean sheet in last five games – conceded ten goals
- One clean sheet in last eight games
- One clean sheet in last seven away games
Nathan Thomas (dead leg) and Stefan Scougall (knock) should be fit for the trip to Leyton. Defender Jack Iredale is back from suspension and should start while Harry McKirdy is pushing for inclusion. Young defender Jarrad Branthwaite is set to continue in defence.
Head to Head – Carlisle 22, Draw 13, Leyton Orient 20
Last Meeting – 04/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 1-2 Carlisle United
- Carlisle are unbeaten in last four meetings – D2 L2
- Nine of the last 10 games have 3 or more goals
- Last 0-0 , 12/04/2011, Orient 0-0 Carlisle
- Have scored in nine of the last ten games
- Have scored at least two goals in the last four meetings
Last Time Out – 22/100/2019 – Carlisle 0-2 Northampton
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Carlisle