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Preview - Carlisle United

4 January 2013

AFTER handing out successive 5-0 thrashings at The County Ground, Town welcome Carlisle United to SN1 hoping to build on their festive victories.

With both sides no longer involved in the FA Cup, the match gives both sides the chance to put pressure on the teams above them. 

THE VIEW

Manager Paolo Di Canio has warned his players not to fall into a trap after winning their last two fixtures so convincingly.

Ahead of the visit of Carlisle to SN1, Di Canio wants his players to be aware of the threat posed by the Cumbrians. 

“Every player goes into games wanting to do a good job," he said. "Carlisle will come into today's game on the back of a defeat at Crewe but they will come here after a result. 

“Carlisle can damage and hurt us because they have talent and have been in good form. Our last few results may have worried them, but we must not fall in a trap. 

“I am sure they will come here and give 200%.”

THE STORY SO FAR

Since the two sides met in September, Gregg Abbott’s side have registered more defeats than they have wins but have regularly picked up three points along the way. They currently sit 16th in League One, eight points off the drop zone.

Their run of games between Christmas and New Year yielded two wins and one defeat. Their two wins came at home over struggling Hartlepool and Bury while they went down 1-0 at Crewe on New Year’s Day. 

LAST TIME OUT

Town travelled to Brunton Park earlier this season and earned a point after Jake Jervis had twice put the home side in front. Adam Rooney and Paul Benson both found the net to hand Swindon a share of the spoils.

The Cumbrians recorded their first every victory at SN1 on their last visit to Wiltshire in 2011. A James Berrett strike helping the visitors to claim a 1-0 win. 

Town last tasted victory over Carlisle in February 2010. With the duo of Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter scoring with metronomic regularity, Danny Wilson’s men ran out 2-0 winners as the strikers netted a goal each.

TICKETS

Tickets are still on sale for the match either in person from the STFC Box Office or by calling 0871 876 1993. Alternatively you can buy online from the online STFC ticket website - www.swindontownfc.talent-sport.co.uk  


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