Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Norwood Can Slot Straight in for Carlisle; Red Devils Teenager Hoping to Start for Cumbrians

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Norwood Can Slot Straight in for Carlisle; Red Devils Teenager Hoping to Start for Cumbrians

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LOAN signing Oliver Norwood is set to make his Carlisle debut against Brighton at Brunton Park this afternoon as the Cumbrians bid to keep up their unbeaten start to the season, writes JAMES HUNTER.

Teenage midfielder Norwood joined Carlisle this week from Manchester United on a month-long emergency loan deal and could go straight into the side as a straight replacement for skipper Paul Thirlwell, who is ruled out with a sprained medial ligament in his knee suffered in last weekend's win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Norwood said: "I think I come with a certain expectation around me because of the club I come from. I'm not too worried about that because I just want to show everyone that I'm good enough to play here.

"I'm here for a month but I already know that I'd be more than happy to stay longer. If I could be here long enough to try and help this club get up into the Championship then it would be good for me and good for Carlisle. All I can do now is play my best and see what happens."

Second-placed Carlisle are flying high in League One, level on points and goal difference with leaders Peterborough.

Gus Poyet's Brighton have also made a good start to their campaign and are just two points behind Carlisle with a game in hand, and Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott warned that his side must nullify the Seagulls' attacking threat.

"They play some terrific football and they try to keep as many attacking options open as possible," he said.

"If they open up and come here to hurt us, as I think they might, then we could see a fairly open game of football.

"You can't single anybody out because they have quality all over the pitch.

"We know what we want to do to keep them quiet and if we manage it then we'll have a big advantage."

Carlisle will also be without defender Danny Livesey (groin) and midfielders Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (ankle) and Kevan Hurst (back).

Striker Andy Cook has extended his loan spell with Barrow for another month while frontman Richard Offiong has returned to the club after his loan spell at Darlington but is unavailable due to a thigh injury. …

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