Carlisle: Abbott keen to wipe memory of Hartlepool loss

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Too early to assess form - Abbott

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has called on his players to erase the memory of last season's 4-0 League One away defeat by Hartlepool United.

The Cumbrians ended a seven-match unbeaten run and saw striker Lee Miller sent off on an afternoon to forget at Victoria Park.

"We were 2-0 down after half an hour last year, our 2,000 supporters were upset," Abbott told BBC Look North.

"I'm looking forward to us having a really good go at them."

Abbott added: "Hopefully we'll get something out of it and not be 2-0 down early on but it'll be tough again."

While Pools won just six home league games last season, they have been undefeated in two matches so far this season.

In contrast Abbott's side made home form the bedrock of their promotion push, with just four losses at Brunton Park all season.

"They've got us to thank for that [improved form] because I don't think they'd won a home game before they beat us 4-0," Abbott added.

"Sometimes it can be more difficult at home, the expectancy of a home crowd, when you go on a run and it gets to six or seven games without a win the fans get frustrated and it definitely spreads to the players.

"Hartlepool are under pressure because they're at home, we're under pressure because we need points, most teams are under pressure for some reason."