Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Friday August 23 2013
Joe Dunne has warned his Colchester United players against complacency tonight when they take on an out-of-form Carlisle side in north Essex.
The Cumbrians arrive at the Weston Homes having lost their opening three league games, conceding a mammoth thirteen goals in the process with boss, Greg Abbott, under mounting pressure.
Whilst there will inevitably be some people in the ground tonight who will turn up expecting a procession, the U's manager has warned his players against approaching the game with the wrong mentality.
'We have to focus on what we need to do,' he told BBC Essex. 'We've got to keep our professional heads on - we've been in a similar situation before so we know the emotions they'll be going through.
'Tonight will probably be the first time Greg can name one of his strongest sides, so we'll have to be absolutely ready.'
Indeed, Carlisle's key player Lee Miller was sent off in the opening day defeat to Leyton Orient and has been missing until tonight, whilst injuries to some of their more experienced men will have hit them hard too.
The experienced Danny Butterfield has arrived at Brunton Park this week to add some additional nous to the visiting squad, and it marks a significant change in fortunes from the last time the U's faced Carlisle.
Only four league games ago saw Dunne take his side up north for the final game of last season, with the U's clinching a vital three points to maintain their League One status.
Tonight, however, three points could send his side to the top of the table before the weekend's round of League One fixtures, and it is a remarkable turnaround in form.
'It's a different kind of pressure to go top,' he admitted. 'But it's amazing how quickly football can turn around. Whilst it is a fact, it's only early in the season and it would be foolish to think of that.
'We're taking each game on its merits as this game changes so quickly, and we need to be fully focused or else we'll be beaten.'
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Date:Friday August 23 2013
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