Carlisle United host Northampton Town on Tuesday night desperate for a win after suffering their third straight League Two defeat at Plymouth Argyle last time out.
The Cumbrians are now only five points above the relegation place, and yet another disappointing result led to a stormy post-match radio interview with boss Steven Pressley that he cut short when pressed on his side’s poor form and his future.
Brunton Park is not a happy place at the moment. The pressure is mounting on Pressley ahead of the visit of former boss Keith Curle and his Northampton side. The Cobblers will be full of confidence after a good home win against Salford at the weekend that brought an end to a four-game winless run.
With many fans calling for his head, Pressley pleaded for fans patience when he spoke to the News and Star ahead of the game. He said: ‘We’re in the early stages of this team, and if you look at the progress of many teams with this type of transition to their squads, it takes time.’
‘Unless you have a huge budget that you go out and buy the best players, it takes time.’
‘We continue to work hard, do the things, continue to improve.’
Pressley added he felt his team was developing well and that an improvement in results was imminent. ‘I have to keep working hard on them because I see some real green shoots.’
‘I was really pleased with many aspects, but again we lose the game, and I understand that as a manager, you are generally judged by results.’
‘But I’m a manager as well that’s improving the players, and they’re moving forward. [As] we keep improving then I think the results will come.’
Pressley sounds increasingly like a man on the edge and another defeat tomorrow would make it increasingly difficult for him to carry-on.
Whatever green shoots he’s seeing are not being by spotted by Carlisle fans.
Northampton Town is also a team in transition but, unlike Carlisle, they’ve still managed to pick up points.
We predict a fourth defeat on the bounce for Pressley and an even louder cacophony of demands for him to be sacked on Wednesday morning from their disgruntled supporters.