Match preview: Stevenage vs Carlisle United

Stevenage will be hoping to be celebrating a victory on Saturday

Stevenage will be hoping to be celebrating a victory on Saturday - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley is urging his players not to take their eye off the ball as they get set for a relegation six-pointer away at Carlisle United tomorrow (Saturday).

The Cumbrians occupy the spot directly above Boro and are one point ahead, yet despite their troubles this season, Westley saw enough in Carlisle’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday, to take nothing for granted.

“They played very well, I have to say, they were bright and energetic,” Westley told the Comet after travelling to Sheffield to watch the game.

“Sheffield looked a tired team which was understandable they had a big game at the weekend [United defeated Charlton Athletic 2-0 in the FA Cup] so that would take it out of them and it showed they played very much on the back foot.

“Carlisle had their chances, they could have easily got something from the game and they will probably feel a little hard done by that they didn’t get the three points.

“Like every team in this league they showed some good qualities, showed they have got some very good individual players; they’ve certainly got a player or two who would get in a select team at this level I’m sure.

“We don’t underestimate how tough a place it is to go, it’s a partisan crowd that get behind the team, they always seek to gain an advantage from the officials and it makes it a tough place to officiate and a tough place to go to.

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“We know that their place and their team won’t make it easy, but there are no easy points and we’re fighting for our lives so we know we have got a job we have to do.”

John Mousinho is expected to make the match-day squad after being forced to sit out the game against his parent club Preston North End on Tuesday.

Michael Doughty, who impressed from the bench against Preston, could return to the starting XI.

For match updates follow @stevenageborofc on Twitter and keep an eye on the website for match report and reaction.

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