Blues boss wants to see passion

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has called for passion from players and fans alike ahead of Norwich City's visit this evening. The Cumbrian side have five wins in eight matches since slipping to consecutive League One defeats against the Canaries and Yeovil in October, and Abbott has stated his side's intention to hit on-form City straight from the first whistle at Brunton Park.

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has called for passion from players and fans alike ahead of Norwich City's visit this evening.

The Cumbrian side have five wins in eight matches since slipping to consecutive League One defeats against the Canaries and Yeovil in October, and Abbott has stated his side's intention to hit on-form City straight from the first whistle at Brunton Park.

"We've got to come out of the blocks, roll our sleeves up and show people how much it means to wear the shirt," said Abbott.

"We've got to try and make something happen. This is where the fans do play their part. When they come in there droves you get 7,000 or 8,000 people here, and when they get behind us it's a different place."

Despite recent good form, United were insipid in their 1-0 home defeat to Swindon last weekend and Abbott does not want a repeat - something he feels the fans can help with.

He said: "Does it affect the players? Of course it does, but we've got to buy them and win them over, and give them the performances that get them off their seats.

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"We've had standing ovations at Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Charlton, Southend and that's what we want.

"We want to give them value for money and do I think they got that against Swindon?

"I don't think they did."