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Opposition View: Carlisle United (A)

1 November 2019

The Silkmen will be making the 276-mile round trip to face a Carlisle United side that have not won in the league since September.  

Steven Pressley’s side ended a run of four successive defeats with a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient last weekend. Jack Iredale equalised early in the second half to secure a point for the Cumbrians. 

Carlisle last tasted victory in the league with a 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic on September 28. Since then, they have lost to Newport County, Crewe Alexandra, Plymouth and Northampton Town. A 2-1 EFL Trophy victory over Blackpool is one positive result they can take from a disappointing month.  

Steven Pressley commented on the match in a recent press conference. 

He said: “It’s a game we’re looking forward to and it’s one we desperately want to win. 

“Macclesfield have played with a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 system quite consistently and they have some good technical players” he explained.

“They’re 15th in the league and considering the upheaval and the difficulties they’ve had, it’s a good return. 

“They’ve only lost once in their last four, so they’re showing some form. It’s not going to be an easy game, but it’s a game at home that we’ll be looking to win. Every game in my opinion is a must-win game, I think if you go into any game and it isn’t must-win, then you aren’t a true winner. 

“I hope we can continue from where we left off with the second half performance last Saturday. We played fast, aggressive football and created good opportunities, and that’s what we want to do in front of our own fans. We want our fans to keep coming back, and the only way we can do that is by getting results.” 

Ones to watch: 

Olufela Olomola has bagged five goals in 11 starts for Carlisle United this season. 

The former Arsenal academy graduate is on loan from Scunthorpe. He joined Scunthorpe at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. 


Injuries and suspensions: 

Christie Elliot is out for the hosts with an ankle injury. Stefan Scougall is a doubt for Carlisle but could feature if deemed fit enough. Byron Webster is suspended after getting his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend.  

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