United return to Brunton Park on Tuesday night for their second home game in the space of four days when they host Blackburn Rovers in the first round of this season’s Carabao Cup competition.

Image removed.Carlisle boss John Sheridan said: “Blackburn have shown already that they are going to be a very difficult team to beat. They have some good players who are involved at Championship level for a reason. I know Tony [Mowbray] well and I have no doubt he will send his team out to do a job.

“We showed on Saturday that we have our own players who can hurt teams, and this is another game we want to win. Our ladss aren’t there just for the sake of it, they’ll be competing and looking to progress in the competition.

“I think it’ll be a good game against a team from a higher division who like to get it down and pass it. That’s exactly how we want to do things, so I hope it will be entertaining to watch.”

Fresh from promotion last season, Rovers come into the new campaign looking to build on their success and push on. A strong team is expected to feature for this meeting of two sides who, as the respective managers say, like to do things properly.

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What Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray said about their last outing [Rovers 0 – 0 Millwall] ...

Image removed.“I think ultimately I feel frustration again at the second half performance. The first half was a non-event for us, really. I just said in the dressing room that I think we got Millwall-ed in the first-half.

"Millwall play forward, keep it in, put it in your box, slow everything down - everything's like a set-play, really. It's like a slow build-up to everything and you have to play well, and unfortunately they could have scored a few goals.

"We pushed the reset button and went back to basics at half-time, and it was more like our team.”

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Did You Know?

Image removed.+ Rovers have won the FA Cup on six occasions and have been runners-up twice. They first lifted the trophy way back in 1884.

+ The attendance record is for an FA Cup sixth round meeting with Bolton Wanderers in March 1929. 62,522 people were at the game.

+ Blackburn, led by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, bucked the trend and broke the big club strangehold when they dramatically won the Premier League title on the last day of the 1994/95 season.


Head to Head

The sides have met a total of 29 times over the years, with an even split of 13 wins for United and 13 victories for Rovers.


Carlisle wins


Blackburn wins

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Our last meeting was in the Checkatrade Trophy here at Brunton Park two seasons ago when goals from Shaun Miller and Danny Grainger [penalty] were enough to give us a relatively comfortable second group stage victory.

We last met in this competition in what was a thrilling 3-3 encounter, as the game ebbed and flowed its way to a penalty shoot-out. Tom Cairney (who was later sent off in time added on), Alan Judge and Chris Taylor bagged for the visitors with David Amoo (2) and Lewis Guy hitting the net for the Blues. It was left to David Symington to seal our progression with a bullet of a spot kick.

Watch the highlights of that game here:


The Man in the Middle

Image removed.Our match official for this game is Mr Ross Joyce.

Ross has been the man in the middle for two games so far this season and has shown a total of three yellow cards.

He was last at Brunton Park for our 1-1 draw with Colchester last February. Jamie Devitt scored our goal and there were no names taken on the day.

That was the second occasion where he had been our match referee last season. We saw him first for our 5-0 demolition of Crewe at Gresty Road earlier in the campaign.

Goals from Danny Grainger [2], Reggie Lambe and Hallam Hope were complemented by an own goal from former Blue Michael Raynes. He was also the only player to be booked on the day.

Referee – Ross Joyce
Assistant Referee – David Avent
Assistant Referee – Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official – Glen Hart


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