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A look at tonight's Carabao Cup opponents

8 August 2017

United kick off their Carabao Cup campaign at Fleetwood Town tomorrow evening, looking to emulate some of the success seen in the last two seasons.

The Blues have enjoyed trips to Derby, QPR and Liverpool in this competition in recent years and will be hoping for a similarly enjoyable cup run this time around.

But standing in their way will be Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood. Something of a surprise package in League One last term, the Cod Army are well fancied and will prove a stern test for Keith Curle’s side.

Promotion challengers to become cup contenders?

Impressive in League One last season, Fleetwood were in contention for automatic promotion until the final weeks of the season having flourished under Rosler. A narrow play-off semi-final defeat to Bradford City denied them a final shot at promotion to the second tier, but they’ll be keen to mount a serious push for the summit this year.

And they’ve started brightly, with a 2-0 win over recently relegated Rotherham United on the opening day sending the Cod Army top of the third tier. They’ll be hoping to carry that fine start into the Carabao Cup.

Familiar faces

There’s one extremely familiar face likely to be lining up against the Blues at Highbury with former United man and local lad Kyle Dempsey having completed a permanent move to the north-west over the summer.

Having left United for Huddersfield in 2015, the attacking midfielder made a loan switch to Fleetwood last season and, after a string of impressive performances, was snapped up by Rosler on a permanent basis. The midfielder made 47 appearances for the Cumbrians, netting 11 times.

Kyle Dempsey

Dempsey has said he’s relishing the chance to face the Blues, but he won’t be the only ex-Carlisle player in with a chance of lining up on Tuesday night.

Defender Ashley Eastham moved to Highbury last season having previously represented the Blues during the 2010/11 season. The defender made a solitary appearance in the FA Cup for United after joining on loan from Blackpool.

We do enjoy a cup meeting ...

The two sides have only met twice in competitive football - both in cup competitions.

Our first ever meeting came in a televised Football League Trophy clash in 2013/14 as the Reds ran out winners at Highbury. An early strike from David Ball was added to after the break by Antoni Sarcevic to wrap up a 2-0 win.

We then met again in the same competition last season with the Blues this time triumphant at Brunton Park. In an entertaining encounter, goals from Joe McKee, Charlie Wyke, Danny Grainger and Cameron Salkeld ensured a home victory, with Jack Sowerby and Alex Jakubiak’s goals for the visitors merely consolation in a 4-2 defeat.

Below are the highlights from that game:

Winless so far - but will that change?

Rosler is looking for his side to create history against United, with the Cod Army having never won in this competition.

In their five seasons since promotion to the Football League, Fleetwood have yet to win a tie in the League Cup and as a result have never reached any further than the first round.

Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Rotherham, Hartlepool and Leeds have all beaten the Reds, and they’ll be keen to ensure Carlisle aren’t added to that list.

Ones to Watch

+ Conor McAleny - Fresh off a brace against Rotherham at the weekend, the lively striker will be looking to continue his fine personal form against the Blues. A product of the Everton youth academy, McAleny enjoyed no fewer than six loan spells away from Goodison Park. His most recent was the most fruitful as he netted 10 times in 18 appearances at Oxford United earlier this year. Fleetwood beat a host of other clubs to his signature this summer and they now have a real attacking threat among their ranks.

+ Nathan Pond - Club captain, record appearance holder and a world record breaker, Pond is a true Fleetwood veteran and continues to serve them with distinction in his twelfth season at the club. A passionate centre back, Pond has played in more divisions for a single club than any other footballer and has made well over 400 appearances at Highbury. He’s sure to prove a tricky customer for United’s forwards to navigate.

+ Wes Burns - Another fairly recent arrival, the former Bristol City wide man joined the Cod Army on a permanent basis in January of this year after impressing during a prior loan spell. Burns made 14 appearances and scored five during a temporary spell at Highbury in 2016 and penned a three-and-a-half year deal upon his return. Quick, direct and with an excellent final product, Burns has the potential to pull the strings.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Fleetwood 1 - 2 United (aet)

Report from the Tuesday evening Carabao Cup first round game

8 August 2017

United had to do it the hard way but they put on an excellent performance to earn a place in round two of this season's Carabao Cup.

Manager Keith Curle made three changes to the starting line-up from Saturday with Richie Bennett, Mark Ellis and Shaun Miller receiving their first nods of the season as Nicky Adams, Hallam Hope and Tom Miller took places on the bench.

Liverpool stopper Shamal George was away on an England U19 training camp, so youth product Morgan Bacon came onto the bench, and defender Tom Parkes shrugged off an ankle scare to make his second appearance for the club.

United opened the game by playing some excellent back-to-front football as they moved the ball across the back line and then up the left flank. A challenge by Bolger on Bennett earned the Blues a free kick but Cairns was off his line to make the catch as Grainger delivered.

Fleetwood responded with a slick attack which left Coyle in space on the right wing. His low cross had power but Bonham dropped to the floor to gather it in. Another move down the same avenue of approach had Carlisle stretched and Bonham took a clatter as he again came off his line to claim the ball.

United were up for the game and a one-touch exchange of passes involving Liddle, Joyce and Devitt put Lambe into a good position. He went for a long range shot but it lacked power and was easy for the keeper to save.

It was good stuff from the visitors and they showed patience to create another opening with more fast-paced passing. Devitt was left with time to think and a crisp drive had to be dealt with by Cairns.

The hosts showed as a threat moments later when Cole bundled his way through a tackle. A deep cross was met on the full by Coyle but his first-time volley angled just past the upright.

Carlisle stayed on the front-foot and they deservedly took the lead when another well planned move put Shaun Miller into the box. He dropped a shoulder and went for the shot and Cairns could do nothing as it took a deflection and looped into his net. 

Fleetwood had a good spell after the goal but former-Blue Ash Eastham was left disappointed as his header from a corner went right at Bonham. Cole was then thwarted by an excellent sliding challenge from Ellis as he tried to pull the trigger when he raced into the box with the ball at his feet.

The teams tussled for supremacy in the middle areas of the pitch but the home side had a half chance when Cole jumped to meet a high ball. His header dropped over the bar and was watched all the way by Bonham.

United almost unlocked the door again on the stroke of half time as Joyce was played through and into the box. He had to stretch to try to clip it back into the mix and his touch took it over the bar. Fleetwood broke quickly and Bonham produced an excellent save as he went full length to tip a screamer from Hunter over the bar.

Carlisle should have doubled their lead immediately after the break when a flick by Bennett left Shaun Miller in acres of space. He fed it inside for Lambe but Cairns spread himself to somehow make the block as the wide man tried to find the mark.

United had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down on 56 minutes when Devitt skipped into the box with two in his wake. He went down heavily but the referee waved play on.

The Cumbrians dictated the second half pace but they had a scare when Hiwula burst through with just Bonham to beat. The nippy winger checked his run and lost the ball as Jones and Ellis moved across to deal with him.

The same man had another half sight of the target when he received a pull back from the right but his effort hit a leg and was hooked to safety by Ellis.

A double substitution by the hosts brought the red shirts more into the game but Maguire was wasteful as he blazed a 22-yard free kick over the bar.

And the fresh momentum worked when Coyle took a 40-yard pass in his stride. He hooked a cross into the mix and Hiwula made no mistake as he guided his close range volley into the bottom corner.

Striker Hallam Hope went on a charge for United as the Cumbrians tried to reassert themselves but he dragged his toe poke wide as it opened up in front of him. Tom Miller was next to go close when he headed a free kick delivery straight at Cairns.

The game became frantic and Carlisle survived a scare when Bonham spilled a cross when he came under pressure. Hiwula clipped it at the bottom corner but a timely clearance was made off the line.

Devitt produced a great delivery as the clock ticked down but it was just too high for Hope as he changed direction to try to get there.

Fleetwood survived an almighty goalmouth scramble in time added on when the ball pinged around inside the area but the blue shirts couldn't get the decisive touch to finish it off.

A swirling, dipping, fierce shot from McAleny shaved the outside of the post as Fleetwood kicked off extra time in determined mood and a cross from the right skimmed past everybody as three red shirts piled forward.

It was good pressure from the hosts and a thunderbolt from Bolger took a deflection as it bent narrowly wide.

But it was Carlisle who reclaimed the lead when a superb Grainger corner was met on the full by a brave header from Tom Miller. The keeper could only watch as it zipped into the roof of his net.

Strength from Hope helped him to create an opening for himself as the second half of extra time kicked off with United well in the ascendancy. He shrugged off his man and was disappointed to see his goal bound shot stopped by a hanging leg from Eastham.

Cosgrove scuffed a 22-yarder at Cairns as United pushed on at every opportunity, and the front line worked their socks off to keep the Cod Army occupied and to see themselves into Thursday night's second round draw.



Fleetwood Town - Hiwula (69)

Carlisle United - S Miller (22), T Miller (101)



Fleetwood Town - Maguire (6), Rodgers (71 & 105 - sent off), O'Neill (75), Bolger (90)

Carlisle United - Devitt (72), Liddle (85), Grainger (95), T Miller (104), Ellis (105), Hope (116)



Fleetwood Town - Cairns, Coyle (Ekpolo 76), O'Neill, Eastham, Hiwula (Burns 91), Bolger (c), Maguire, Rodgers, Hunter (McAleny 61), Schwabl (Dempsey 61), Cole. Subs - Neal (GK), Bell, Glendon.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Ellis, Parkes, Grainger (c), Lambe, Joyce, Jones (Adams 111), Devitt (Cosgrove 90), S Miller (T Miller 65), Bennett (Hope 70). Subs - Bacon (GK), Salkeld, Egan.


Referee - Graham Salisbury

Attendance - 1,711 (571 away fans)

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Ticket News

CARABAO CUP: Fleetwood ticket prices and information

Ticket prices confirmed for Carabao Cup first round away game

6 August 2017

The first round of this season's Carabao Cup at Fleetwood Town will take place on Tuesday 8 August, kick off 7.45pm.


Adult £14
Senior £7
Under 16 £3
Adult £12
Senior £6
Under 16 £2

Tickets are on sale for this fixture now. Tickets are also available at Fleetwood on the day of the game.


Methods of purchase:
In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Foods Stand at the designated time.
Post – send in a cheque for the correct amount, a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope.
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. All credit cards used will incur a £1 surcharge. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Friday 4 August 2017.

Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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