Carlisle boss delighted with FA Cup challenge

Carlisle United manager John Sheridan has laughed off those who think their draw in the FA Cup is tough, seemingly he’s delighted with a trip to the league leaders.

His side’s reward for winning their first round tie at Crewe is a trip to Lincoln City, but far from being dismayed with his club’s luck, he’s upbeat about the chances of winning.

The Cumbrians earned a 2-2 draw there earlier in the season and Sheridan feels that proves he knows how to deal with their threat.

“Everyone thinks the Lincoln game’s a bad game for us. I think it’s a great game for us. I’m well happy with that draw,” he told local media. 

“I know how they play. If you go there a bit under, you haven’t got a chance, ‘cos they’ll batter you. We have to do what we did last time [a 2-2 draw in October] – it was probably one of our best performances, because we stood up for ourselves.”

The two sides will do battle on the first weekend of December for the right to a place in the potentially lucrative third round draw.

Our View

We’re not so sure John Sheridan should be so confident. Their 2-2 draw was credible, but to claim to understand Lincoln’s threat is ambitious, given the options they have available.

It’ll be a humdinger of a tie, the Imps beat Northampton 3-2 in a thriller at the weekend, but will be fresh for their second round tie with only two games to play and one away match in between.

Carlisle face the long trip to Swindon, then a home tie then a midweek jaunt to Notts County before travelling to Sincil Bank on December 3rd.

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