Carlisle Caution

JOHN Sheridan is warning Argyle fans that despite the Pilgrims’ good run of late, they need to be wary of an improving Carlisle side this Saturday.

John believes Carlisle, under new boss Keith Curle, are an improving side due to the players starting to show the new manager they are worth a place in the starting eleven. 

The Cumbrians failed to win any of their opening nine Sky Bet League 2 fixtues, but have won their last three. 

“Carlisle have a new manager, and he’s made one or two changes,” said Sheridan. “It’s working for him.

“They’ve picked one or two results up of late, and it puts them in a position in the league where it looks a bit more positive.

“When a new manager comes in the players are trying to show the new manager they’re worth a place in the side. I think that’s what’s happened there. They on a good little run, and it’ll be a tough game.”

Nathan Thomas missed the trip to Birkenhead last Saturday to meet Tranmere Rovers, having been substituted in Argyle’s 3-2 win over Swindon Town, suffering an asthma attack. 

After seeing a specialist last Friday, Thomas was given the all clear, and had been training this week. Nathan has had his medication changed, and Sheridan hopes this will spark a new bit of life. “He trained yesterday and today, so we’ll assess him again tomorrow and see how he is.

“It’ll prove his stamina more than anything, because he’s had a problem with his stamina since the start of pre-season.

“He does seem to struggle when he does start a game, and he’s been coming on in games and he looks really bright for five or 10 minutes. The medication they give him will improve him and enable him to last longer, and to be more positive in games for longer periods.”

With the possibility of Nathan Thomas being included in Saturday’s starling line up, John is faced with another selection headache. 

“Everyone’s fit, available, and wanting to play, so it makes my job hard to pick a team,” he said. 

“It’s important that you get a good mix, put them all together and you make a good team, it’s not individuals. I’m sure every manager says the same.

“I’ll look at the strengths they’ve got and hopefully where we can affect the game. Whatever team I put out will be to try and win us the game. 

“I’ll pick 11, and hopefully we’ll get the right result which is a win - that’s what I expect.”