Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Abbott's Keen for Trophy Repeat; Boss Looks to Take Inspiration from Stirring Cup Run

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Abbott's Keen for Trophy Repeat; Boss Looks to Take Inspiration from Stirring Cup Run

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

CARLISLE United will parade a reminder of last season's trip to Wembley at Brunton Park tonight, and manager Greg Abbott is hoping it inspires his men to get there again. The only problem is, in proving to themselves they can do it the Cumbrians have shown their rivals they can too.

Carlisle were runners-up in last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy, ultimately outgunned by League One giants Southampton.

It is the good memories of a cup run which saw Leeds United defeated in the northern final Abbott will be calling on before his side entertain Port Vale tonight.

"We had a bit of success and got to Wembley," is how Abbott sums up last season's run.

"We were beaten in the final, but it was a good chance to make money for the club. "The players and the whole town enjoyed the experience last year - at least until 1.30pm - and they know the goal (of winning at Wembley) is achievable now.

"The trouble is, everyone else in the tournament will be thinking they can after seeing what we did last season."

Competition organisers will officially present Carlisle with a momento of their trip to the arch.

As part of the pre-match entertainment, giant banners bearing the badges of both clubs were paraded around Wembley. Carlisle will be presented with theirs, which will be waved on the pitch before tonight's 7.45pm kick-off.

The cup competition's sponsorship manager Teresa Hardwick said: "We have wanted to show our appreciation to everyone at Carlisle for some time, for the way they embraced the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season and the fantastic run they had.

"We want to present United with the banner for the club to keep, and to say thanks for all of their co-operation and support as they progressed through the rounds."

An injury to Lubomir Michalik should allow Peter Murphy to put his Wembley experience behind him. …

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