TOWN will head to Carlisle tomorrow on the back of four straight victories and bidding to keep five successive clean sheets for the first time since 1982-83.
That’s after Phil Jevons’ goal just 43 seconds into Saturday’s home clash with Swindon sealed a 1-0 win and lifted Andy Ritchie’s side to 13th in League I.
Carlisle, who drew 1-1 at Port Vale and are fourth in the table, are chasing a club-record 10th successive home win.
But buoyant Galpharm boss Andy Ritchie believes his team have what it takes to provide the perfect tonic ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup glamour tie at Chelsea.
However the fifth-round showdown at Stamford Bridge, when Town will be backed by 6,126-strong travelling army, was well and truly on the back burner today.
Ritchie was firmly focused on plotting a first Town win in five visits to the Cumbrian outpost and checking on injuries to Jon Worthington (hamstring) and Michael Collins (ankle).
Both limped off during a Swindon showdown watched by 9,388 and in which the visitors were restricted to just one effort on target.
“Perhaps there was something in the old cliche of scoring too early, but I thought we put in another sound defensive display,” said Ritchie.
“We should have scored more, and we were a little aggrieved at a couple of offside decisions.
“But the record books will say four wins and four clean sheets and that’s no fluke.
“We showed a lot of resilience, and it’s not just down to the back four and goalkeeper.
“We’ve worked with the strikers about where they should position themselves to make it harder for the opposition to get out of their own half and the clean sheets have definitely been a team effort.
“Carlisle’s a tough place to go and they have a fantastic home record.
“But we are full of confidence and we’ll be looking for all three points.”