Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clayton Sees a Bright Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clayton Sees a Bright Future

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

ON-LOAN midfielder Adam Clayton has told Carlisle United they should be pushing for League One promotion next season, with or without him.

Morale hit a low on Sunday when the Cumbrians were humiliated at Wembley. Carlisle were beaten 4-1 by Southampton in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in front of the second biggest crowd in the history of the competition.

But an upbeat Clayton has told them the best response is to go back next year and set the record straight.

"Carlisle are capable of anything they want really," he said. "Next season if they can do what they've done at Brunton Park there's no reason why they can't reach the play-offs or even go up automatically.

"It's a very strange league. Anyone can beat anyone so it's about consistency and I think Carlisle can do that, it's just a matter of getting it right during the season. We can definitely go on to bigger and better things."

Despite the 21-year-old's encouraging use of "we", he is only due to stay at Brunton Park until his loan from Manchester City expires at the end of the season. They may only have come in League One but judging by Clayton's performances so far, including some assured passing at Wembley, Carlisle might be hard-pushed to keep him longer.

His parent club will certainly be happy Clayton has experienced playing at the home of football and even the result could not dampen his enthusiasm.

"I enjoyed it from the first minute to the last," he said. "It's a game of football and that's what I love doing. No matter what the score it is I'm going to be enjoying myself in front of 70,000 people.

"It's disappointing for the whole football club but hopefully we can come back and learn from it. No one in the dressing room thought we deserved to get beaten 4-0 and I don't think anyone in the stands would. …

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