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Carlisle home in on route to safety against Bradford City
Carlisle defender Sean O’Hanlon wants City to bear the Brunt of their home frustration tonight.
The Cumbrians lost 2-1 to Peter Taylor’s Gillingham on their own turf on Saturday and hover just a point above the relegation trapdoor.
But centre half O’Hanlon reckons a Brunton Park visit from the Bantams offers an immediate chance to pull away from danger.
He said: “Bradford’s form has not been great and we feel that we’ve been quite strong at home over recent weeks. We’re the home team so hopefully it will be advantage us.
“It’s all very well having good performances like we had on Saturday but we’d much prefer a bad performance and three points.
“We’re still not in the bottom four and another win can create some space again. But we are in a relegation fight and that’s what we’ve got to face up to.”
Boss Graham Kavanagh, who is expected to recall experienced midfielder Paul Thirlwell, said: “We can only concentrate on what we do.
“I was really pleased with Saturday’s performance but totally gutted with the result.
“We’re still ahead of the bottom four, we have a game in hand against Bradford and all we can do is look to put it right.
“We have 17 games left and every one of them is vitally important. There are 51 points to play for and we’ve got to maximise what we can get.
“The next game is the most important because it’s the next one – it doesn’t matter who we play.
“If we play anywhere near to what we did against Gillingham on Saturday, then we will cause Bradford some problems.
“But it comes down to what we do in each box.”