Carlisle have extra motivation for Norwich FA Cup clash

Michael Bailey While Norwich have the bad news of an extra few miles to travel, their FA Cup second round opponents will be glad for the extra money. Carlisle United booked their clash with the Canaries at Brunton Park on November 28 thanks to a 1-0 first round replay win at Morecambe last night, coming courtesy of Joe Anyinsah's early strike.

Michael Bailey

While Norwich have the bad news of an extra few miles to travel, their FA Cup second round opponents will be glad for the extra money.

Carlisle United booked their clash with the Canaries at Brunton Park on November 28 thanks to a 1-0 first round replay win at Morecambe last night, coming courtesy of Joe Anyinsah's early strike.

That earned the Cumbrians �18,000 in prize money - as well as an extra �67,500 thanks to the clash with Norwich being streamed live exclusively on the FA website in a 5.15pm Saturday kick-off.


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However, with the possibility of an even bigger tie in the third round - when the Premier League big guns join the FA Cup party - Carlisle will be eager to make last night's success worthwhile by putting City to the sword.

United manager Greg Abbott (left) said: “We needed to win the game, that is what we needed to do, because there is pressure on us in every single game we play because of our situation in the league and our situation financially within the club.

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“So this means a lot to everybody, so we are probably playing with a little bit more pressure than most. But you ask the seven or eight league teams that have got knocked out by lower opposition and they would swap their places with us anytime.

“The money is not my situation, that is the board's situation, but we have got to try to win football matches. Every game I play we try to win it and we have done that tonight and the bonus is it is a cup tie which will bring a bit of revenue into the football club.

“Hopefully that will ease the situation there again.”

Norwich were 1-0 winners at Brunton Park in the two sides' League One meeting in October, thanks to Wes Hoolahan's first-half effort and some calamitous defending by the home side.

But Carlisle's performances have improved since then and Abbott is already looking forward to their plum second round fixture - although he is less interested in the planned live internet coverage.

“That is the one, it will probably be a nicer game to watch than this was at times,” said Abbott, after Carlisle took more than 1,000 fans across to Morecambe for last night's replay.

“They will come, they are in great form, I think there will be a biggish crowd, I don't know how the television on the internet works, I don't understand all that sort of thing.

“FA web dot com forward slash backward forward somersault. But yeah, it is a great game for us to look forward to and we look upon it with anticipation.

“We need them (the fans), they know that, and they need us as well so it is a happy marriage at the moment, or happy-ish. But we need to keep winning and I think when they see the effort and the determination they will back us to the hilt.

“Tonight we probably haven't played as well as we did at Bristol and we have won a game. So the fans take the rough with the smooth but I think they will go home, at least we have got the win and they have got the Norwich game at home to look forward to.”

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