NEW boys Cleveland Taylor and Evan Horwood are aiming to put in big performances as Carlisle try to end their away-day blues at Port Vale tomorrow.
There’s been little wrong with their form at Brunton Park – the third-placed Cumbrians will be aiming for a club-record 10th straight home league win when they host Town on Tuesday.
But it’s been a different story on their travels, with five straight defeats, to Tranmere, Bristol Rovers, Doncaster, Cheltenham and, most recently, Oldham.
Both winger Taylor, a £50,000 buy from Scunthorpe, and left-back Horwood, snapped up from Gretna, made their debuts in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Walsall.
Taylor says it will take three or four matches before Carlisle fans see the best of him.
“I’ve not played for a month, I’ve been ill and the transfer took a while to sort out, so all those things put together don’t really help,” said the 24-year-old.
“I was absolutely shattered on Saturday because it’s been such a while since I played. It was a heavy pitch too but it was just so good to get back out there and my fitness levels will get better.
“It will take three or four games before I’m tip-top – there’s a lot more to come. The more you play the fitter you get, and confidence comes as well.”
Ex-Sheffield United man Horwood, 21, forced popular Spaniard Zigor Aranalde out of the side against Walsall.
And he’s keen to follow in the footsteps of the 35-year-old Basque, who is nearing the end of the three-year contract he signed when switching from Sheffield Wednesday.
“Since I’ve been here Zigor has been one of the best pros I’ve seen,” said Hartlepool-born Horwood. “He’s been spot on with me since I signed.
“I know Zigor is a fans’ favourite and he was disappointed not to play on Saturday, but I’m trying to keep my place now and hopefully one day I can be a fans’ favourite too.”