The Opposition: Carlisle v Morecambe

Keith Curle. Picture: PA Wire
Keith Curle. Picture: PA Wire

Morecambe travel to in-form Carlisle United on Saturday.

Manager

Keith Curle

Former Torquay and Notts County boss took over at Brunton Park in September. An up and down campaign saw the Cumbrians finish 20th in League 2 last season with a bright start pointing to an improved campaign this time around. Nominated for manager of the month for September.

Key Man

Jabo Ibehre

Former Leyton Orient striker has quickly turned into Carlisle’s talisman with 10 goals this season. The 32-year-old is unlikely to be fit however as he battles a slight hamstring tear. Derek Asamoah is the main attacking weapon with Ibehre out while at the other end goalkeeper Mark Gillespie has been in good form, saving two penalties at Liverpool and one at Stevenage on Saturday.

Form

Carlisle are one of the league’s form teams, losing just one of their last eight in League 2 to move up to eighth. Tom Miller’s late goal handed Curle’s men a 1-0 win at Stevenage on Saturday. Made headlines recently by running Liverpool close in the Capital One Cup before going out on penalties at Anfield.

History

Morecambe are yet to win in nine meetings between the sides in league and cup. Last year’s corresponding fixture at Brunton Park ended 1-1 in March with Padraig Amond’s late penalty cancelling out Brad Potts’ opener. Carlisle had earlier won 1-0 at the Globe Arena on Boxing Day.

Possible line-up

Gillespie, Miller, Raynes, Gillesphey, Grainger, Kennedy, Sweeney, Dicker, Joyce, Asamoah, McQueen.