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INTERVIEW: The fans were good again

Sam Lavelle on Saturday’s defeat against Portsmouth

12 February 2024

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INTERVIEW: The fans were good again

Sam Lavelle on Saturday’s defeat against Portsmouth

12 February 2024

Defender Sam Lavelle spoke to us following the final whistle on Saturday.

Assessing our clash against Portsmouth, Sam said: “I thought we played well. It’s probably the best we’ve played for a while.

“The gaffer told us this week that he wants to take more risks at the back and pass out a bit more because the game plan previously hasn't been working.

“I thought we did well, we gave it away a couple of times playing out from the back which is going to happen, but overall the patterns were good and we trusted each other on the ball.

“With 15 games to go, every game is a battle.

“We knew that was going to come [against Portsmouth] and I think we stood up to the challenge well.”

Both sides were unable to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes.

The gaffer had one clear message at the interval, said Lavelle: “Just keep going, do the same things performance wise as the first-half.

“45 minutes of doing good things means nothing."

Going on to analyse the second-half, the defender added: “I think they just put a bit of pressure on at the start of the second-half.

“They started the half well, they’re a good team and the quality of the pass and finish was there, but I think it can be stopped with a bit of cleverness and experience really.”

Paddy Lane opened the scoring on 62 minutes, but despite going behind, Carlisle never gave up.

“I think the fans could see that we gave it everything we had, at the end they were clapping us off.

“They were good again today, the fans, getting behind us and creating noise.

“The effort from us is there, and has been there, but we’ll continue to work hard.”

On Tuesday night, we travel to Burton Albion as we look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League One.

“We can go again in a couple of days and play like we have done [today]," said Lavelle.

“The gaffer said at the end, if we play like we did today on Tuesday against Burton and Saturday against Cambridge, we’ll have a great chance of winning.”


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