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1 January 2016

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ARGYLE goalkeeper Luke McCormick is relishing the prospect of playing Carlisle at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers.

Due to the flooding in the North of the country Carlisle's ground, Brunton Park is unavailable, meaning the Pilgrims 25th Sky Bet League 2 fixture will be played on neutral ground. 

"All the lads are really looking forward to it.," said Luke. "We're going to Blackburn, it's somewhere I've never been and I'm sure a lot of the other lads have never played there. 

"We're expecting there to be a good surface and we're just looking forward to the occasion. We know what Carlisle are about having played them twice already this season. We know we can't underestimate them because obviously in our last outing they beat us.

"We're looking forward to the game and we're looking forward to keeping our momentum going. It's one the lads are relishing really."

The last time the two sides met, in November, the Cumbrians ran out as winners recording a 2-0 victory in the Emirates FA Cup. However, Derek Adams' men did win 4-1 when the sides met at Home Park in the league back in August.

Both games were tighter than the scorelines suggest, and Luke knows that Carlisle will be worthy adversaries once more on Saturday. 

He said: "Carlisle are a good side, they showed that when they played down here in the cup and they showed it in the league. It was a tough first half, I remember it being a very tricky 45 minutes so we can't underestimate them. 

"We know they're good going forward but we know what we're capable of. If we do the things we know we're good at; if we play on the front foot and we're aggressive; if we start the game well and play at high tempo I think hopefully that'll be enough.

"We saw from Carlisle with their last game when they played at a neutral venue that they're treating it as a home fixture. They got the result that they wanted so they'll be buoyed by that. 

"We're going to go there enjoy the day and enjoy the game hopefully. We're confident we'll be able to keep our little winning run going and we'll have the points."


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