Carlisle United players must respond - Greg Abbott

Greg Abbott

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has said players owe it to themselves to improve their form after

The loss was United's eighth in 11 games and the fourth four-goal deficit of the campaign so far.

"I have no choice, these are the players I have got," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"They have to react, otherwise they are going to find themselves in a little bit of trouble as well."

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No excuses after defeat - Abbott

Abbott, as manager, has been the subject of some supporters' frustration, but the Cumbrians boss is convinced a team effort is required to address the slide to 18th in the League One table.

"As a group we have to do it together - it is not any one man, it is not any one individual, not me, not one player, not one member of staff," Abbott said.

"It has to be a collective effort and we have to be collectively a lot better than we were today."

Having taken over from John Ward in November 2008, Abbott guided Carlisle to consecutive Johnstone's Paint Trophy finals, with victory against Brentford in 2011 a highlight.

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