ANTHONY PILKINGTON says Town have a point to prove to the Galpharm faithful when Carlisle come to the stadium this afternoon.
The 20-year-old wing commander was delighted to help Town chalk up a third successive away win when they triumphed 2-1 at Scunthorpe on Friday.
But he was hugely disappointed after Lee Clark’s side went down 1-0 to Southend in their last home outing.
The man signed from Stockport for a reported £500,000 in January is confident Town can kick their inconsistency into touch next term.
And with 2009-10 season-tickets now on sale, he’s keen to help produce the kind of team performance against Carlisle which will convince the fans to keep the faith.
The Cumbrians have had a stranglehold on this fixture of late, winning 2-0 at the Galpharm on their way to last season’s double over Town, and notching a 3-0 win at Brunton Park on Boxing Day.
And they’ll be desperate for a three-point haul today to boost their fight against the drop from League I. Pilkington missed Stockport’s November clash with Carlisle through injury and arrived after his new club’s festive flop. But he knows how much Clark, who says the dismal Boxing Day display still leaves a sour taste in his mouth, wants to put the record straight.
Town haven’t won in four at home (their last success was against arch-rivals Leeds in February) and Pilkington admitted: “We owe our supporters a really good performance.
“It was great to put on a show for our travelling fans at Scunthorpe (there were 865 in a 5,543 Glanford Park crowd).
“But we have to follow it up with a win over Carlisle, although we know it won’t be easy.
“We felt hard done by to lose to a controversial penalty against Southend, but that match is gone now and we have to look ahead. To be successful, we need to be consistent, and that starts now. We want to get as many points from our last four games as possible.
“That will give us a big boost going into a crucial pre-season, and I’m convinced there are exciting times ahead.
“We already have some fantastic players here, and the manager will be working to bring in more over the summer as well as making us as fit as possible.”