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Ready to graft

7 December 2012

Danny Wilson is sympathetic towards Carlisle United's current misfortunes, but the Blades boss is eager to pile on the misery against the Cumbrians on Saturday.

The weekend's hosts go into the clash with the Blades hovering dangerously close to the League One relegation zone, but Wilson says that isn't a true reflection of the ability Carlisle have within their ranks.

The Blades boss commented: "I have always had very tough games at Brunton Park; it is one of those places where you never get an easy ride. Greg (Abbott) is a terrific manager and unfortunately at the present time they find themselves in a difficult position.

"Their fans will be expecting a positive response following a home defeat in the FA Cup to Bournemouth last week, but hopefully we can capitalise on the tension building up there.

"We are expecting something of a backlash and, like everyone does, Carlisle will raise their game against us.

"We have to make sure we match their workrate and hopefully, if we start strongly, we can put more doubt in their minds because when confidence is low it doesn't take much to knock a team off their stride."

As United prepare for the long round trip up north, Wilson has warned his players to take nothing for granted:

"Places like Carlisle are always difficult trips; they are real treks for everybody, very similar to visits to Yeovil or Plymouth.

"The travelling alone gives the home side a real advantage in most instances, but we will be prepared and equipped for a tough afternoon.

"The fans in those isolated areas are usually hostile and they will back their team vociferously. Maybe not in the numbers but certainly they will back them to the hilt and with the crowd on your back on a tight pitch, you really have to be prepared to roll your sleeves up and graft."

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