LEE CLARK looked forward to locking horns with Carlisle United for the second time in 10 days tonight (7.45) and declared: “We know we can go there and win.”
With memories of a 1-1 Galpharm draw still fresh, Town’s boss accepts the Cumbrians are on a high after reaching Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and going nap against MK Dons on Saturday.
But he countered: “We’re unbeaten in seven games, we’ve been tight at the back in recent away matches, and if we can carry on from where we left off against Swindon at the weekend, we’ll be okay.”
The 2-2 stalemate left Town seventh in League I, and a win in Cumbria would cut the gap on Millwall, who currently occupy the final play-off berth, to just one point.
Clark noted that MK Dons were understrength, pointing out: “They had to bring Alex Rae, an old Sunderland teammate of mine, off the bench.
“But we’re under no illusions about the task ahead, because Carlisle have a good manager in Greg Abbott, they played well at our place, and they will be full of confidence. Our challenge is to burst that bubble.”
Clark has a clean bill of health after the Swindon game and hailed the input of striker Lee Novak and Aussie defender Dean Heffernan.
“I thought Lee was outstanding for the full 90 minutes, while Dean looks fit and hungry and is doing what I wanted him to when I brought him over here.”