Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Carlisle Aren't out for Trophy Revenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Carlisle Aren't out for Trophy Revenge

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CHRIS Lumsdon might have described it as 'payback time' but Neil McDonald has insisted that his Carlisle players will not be consumed by vengeful thoughts when they arrive at Swansea this afternoon, writes PAUL GILDER.

The Cumbrians will face Kenny Jackett's men for the first time since losing to the Swans in the Football League Trophy final at the Millennium Stadium in April but, although the visiting supporters will have scores to settle, the Brunton Park boss is determined to ensure that his side prepare for the League One fixture in an appropriate manner.

"I wasn't involved that day but I know from experience that no-one likes to lose in a cup final," said McDonald, whose team will climb above their Cardiff conquerors should they prevail on their maiden visit to the Liberty Stadium.

"It is the first time we have played Swansea since then and, if people want to take it as revenge, that's up to them but I am approaching it as I would any other game."

Swansea won 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium and, although McDonald is determined to keep a lid on the hype, it seems his players feel that there is a point to be proved.

"I think there's a few paybacks to try to get in," said Lumsdon, who, having branded the Welsh club 'underachievers', has not helped McDonald's cause. "With the money they have spent and the players they have bought, they should be running away with it."

Carlisle will be without suspended duo Peter Murphy and Zigor Aranalde, while Paul Thirlwell's loan spell has ended. New loan signing James Krause is expected to make his debut in a much-changed starting line-up.

McDonald is determined to bring Thirlwell back to Brunton Park and has opened talks with Derby boss Billy Davies. He is also keen to persuade Murphy and leading scorer Karl Hawley, both of whom will be out of contract next summer, to sign new deals. …

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