Reaching the play-offs is now an unrealistic dream for the Cumbrians.
One could perhaps have been forgiven for thinking that Carlisle had nothing to play for over the last few weeks, the side drawing six and losing four of their last twelve League Two games.
In fact, the Cumbrians looked – until recently – well placed for a play-off place, however their utterly dismal recent form has left them seven points adrift of the top seven and with the pressure lifted, they may actually start winning games.
Mathematically they could – depending on other results of course – reach the top seven, however it would be a hugely optimistic Carlisle fan who would still give them a chance and we’re certainly not in that category.
Indeed, the Blues have little to play for now except pride and this lack of pressure may result in them actually winning some games, starting at Crawley on Saturday afternoon.
Another long journey for the Cumbrians will see them head down to the Broadfield Stadium this weekend to go head-to-head with a Crawley Town side which are winless in their last seven outings with five defeats in that time.
The hosts have been on the receiving end of some hammerings over the past few weeks, conceding thirteen goals with just two scored in reply over the last six outings. Carlisle haven’t fared much better over the past month or so, although they have at least managed a solitary win in that time and have kept their defeats at single-goal margins.
Not exactly inspiring stuff then for either side and to be honest we’re not really expecting them to serve us up a thrilling clash on Saturday afternoon. On recent form, the Cumbrians should dominate proceedings, however whether they can convert this into goals is open to question. In all honesty, this match could go either way but we feel that Carlisle will have the edge and can give themselves a boost by clinching the three points at Crawley on Saturday.
A case of too little, too late!