Carlisle manager Steven Pressley has urged his players to rise to the occasion and do everything they can to prevent Lincoln City celebrating the League Two title at Brunton Park on Saturday.
Having already sealed promotion the Imps will be backed by a considerable travelling support of over 2,000 supporters in Cumbria knowing a win for Danny Cowley’s men will see them crowned champions.
However, Pressley is keen to make sure there is no red and white party on his patch, telling the club’s official website; ‘We know Lincoln will be a tough game. They’ll be coming to us looking to secure the title, but we have to ensure we’re the team who stops them from doing that.’
‘There’s nothing worse than seeing another side celebrate at your own stadium and I don’t want to be involved in that on Friday. I want us to do our jobs for our needs, and I’m looking to us to win that game well.’
The Blues are eighth in the table but defeat at Stevenage last time out means they are now four points outside the play-off places with only four games remaining.
When Pressley took over from John Sheridan in January, the Cumbrians were only three points off an automatic promotion place, but since then their form has faltered. The Stevenage defeat meant they have just won two of their last twelve games.
Pressley stressed that he hadn’t given up hope of extending Carlisle’s season. ‘We have four games, four cup finals and we certainly have to believe that we can still sneak in there.’
‘We have four games, and I believe, if we take the twelve points from the four games, I think we can sneak in there.’
Meanwhile, Lincoln will embark on the long journey north having not tasted defeat in the league since Boxing Day and with the best away record in the division.
The Imps have won their previous two outings away from Sincil Bank without conceding a goal.
Pressley has struggled since he took over, winning only four of his fourteen games in charge.
He is under pressure from Carlisle fans who have seen their promotion hopes stall since his appointment.
It looks like it might be a bad fit and although Pressley his adamant he wants to stay beyond the end of the season, it seems doubtful he will be there for the next campaign.
He is right about one thing, there is nothing worse than watching another team celebrate in your own stadium, and this might be enough to motivate his faltering side to earn at least point on Saturday.