Greg Abbott: Carlisle United expectations are higher

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has said the expectations at Brunton Park are higher in comparison to their League One rivals.

The Cumbrians are 14th in League One, but the two Wembley appearances and an unsuccessful promotion push last term has added to supporter frustrations.

"Maybe stuff we have had over the last three years is coming back to hurt us a bit," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

Abbott's improving Carlisle

2011-12: League One: 8th; FA Cup: Second round; League Cup: Second round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy: First round

2010-11: League One: 12th; FA Cup: Third round; League Cup: First round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Winners

2009-10: League One: 14th; FA Cup: Third round; League Cup: Third round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Runners-up

2008-09: League One: 20th; FA Cup: Second round; League Cup: Second round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Second round

"The expectation is ahead of what it should be at the moment."

Abbott continued: "We are actually talking about a team that is under-performing.

"There is a manager in the league [Dean Smith] on exactly the same points as us, who has just been rewarded for his success and given a two-and-a-half year contract.

"It just shows you how much progress we have actually made if people are grumbling when we are sitting 14th with 19 points, the same as Walsall."

Meanwhile, Abbott says Saturday's FA Cup victory against Ebbsfleet has helped rebuild confidence within the Carlisle squad.

The Cumbrians were 4-2 winners to progress to round two, in a game described pre-match by Abbott as the biggest of the season so far.

"People talk about this being an FA Cup final, this was our FA Cup final," he said.

"They have given a positive performance with some edgy performances.

"I am not going to let too many people get right into this dressing room because it does affect them and it does affect everybody's mindset.

"The players have come through it and to be fair give them a little bit of credit."