Carlisle United v Derby County preview

Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh hoping to reduce fear factor on Monday night

Carlisle United v Derby County preview

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August 10th, 2014

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Carlisle were made to pay for a slow start against Luton Town on Saturday, with the Cumbrians falling behind on the half-hour mark and United were unable to get back on level terms for the rest of the match.

It was a disappointing start to the campaign although there is an immediate chance to bounce back when Championship side Derby County visit Brunton Park on Monday night, with Graham Kavanagh hoping to see his team play with more freedom in this Capital One Cup clash.

“The intensity we played in the second half was good but I still think we can move the ball better than we did,” he insisted. “It’s the bravery and courage we keep talking about. We need the players to want the ball and to want to make space for themselves and for their team-mates.

“There is a case of needing a little bit of patience, with it being a new team, but we also have to understand that we need points on the board. We’ve got to find the right formula and make sure we don’t suffer from slow starts. We were way too deep in the first half and we didn’t hold the ball up in the top areas enough. That created a big space for Luton to work in but we closed the gaps and competed much better in the second half.”

Kavanagh has implored the fans to continue returning after an impressive turn-out on Saturday and hopes that the feelgood factor can soon be restored at Brunton Park.

“I absolutely understand that the fans are upset that we lost,” he said. “A lot of them have stayed away for a period of time and they are now coming back to support the club. They’ve come along to this game full of optimism and, as the manager of this club, I’m disappointed I couldn’t give them what they wanted. We’re going to work every single minute of every day to make this better and I’m sure we will grow and improve.

“The supporters were magnificent for us and I could feel the same level of frustration and disappointment from them as we had in the dug out. I did sense and smell a bit of fear in our lads in the first half and I was surprised by that.

“So, it is disappointing that we couldn’t get them a goal, at the very least, but I hope they stick with us and I hope they understand where we want to take this club. I think we’ve assembled a very good group of players but the lads need to buy in quickly to what this league is about. You have to win the battles first and then you can play your football.”

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