Carlisle United must improve a lot if they are to avoid relegation this season according to the manager of the club Greg Abbott. The manager was speaking after the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Swindon during the weekend. This means that Carlisle United have managed just two victories in the last five matches. Even though their early season form has been good, the form in the month of November and December has meant that they are closer to the relegation zone than to the top of the table. Due to the fact that Carlisle United have shipped more than four goals in four matches this season, concerns have been raised about the defence of the club.

The manager Abbott has said that the form of the club is indeed worrying, but has called for better performance from his players in the forthcoming matches. He has said that he does not have any option to go for a new player. Hence, the current crop of players should react to the current problems and they should work for themselves. There has been a lot of frustration from the supporters about the manager, but Abbott feels that a team effort is necessary to get out of the relegation zone.

“I have no choice, these are the players I have got. They have to react, otherwise they are going to find themselves in a little bit of trouble as well. As a group we have to do it together – it is not any one man, it is not any one individual, not me, not one player, not one member of staff. It has to be a collective effort and we have to be collectively a lot better than we were today,” said Abbott. The club are 18th in the League one table.