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23rd April 2004 0:29

Preece: It doesn't come much bigger

Andy Preece admits that he has not played many games bigger than Carlisle's
must-win trip to Mansfield and is not giving up on survival.

Paul Simpson's side are five points off safety with three games left and
could be relegated if they fail to win at Field Mill.

But Preece, who joined the Cumbrian outfit after losing his job as manager
of Bury, believes they can still get out of trouble.

"It's a huge game and I haven't played in many bigger. The table looks
pretty bleak but if we beat Mansfield and another couple of results go our
way, we're right back in there.

"The spirit in the camp is excellent and you wouldn't think we were in the
trouble we're in. We all believe in each other."
Cumbrians to take double risk
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Carlisle United player-boss Paul Simpson is set to take a double risk and
select both himself and midfielder Will McDonagh for Saturday's crucial game
at Mansfield Town.

Simpson is carrying a calf injury, while McDonagh was expected to miss the
rest of the season because of bone bruising.

However, with the Cumbrians knowing that defeat at Field Mill could mean
that they are relegated, both are poised to start the game.

"Both Will and I will be a risk but maybe it's a risk worth taking at this
point," Simpson told BBC Radio Cumbria.

McDonagh has been out of action since mid-March, while Simpson has sat out
United's last two fixtures.
Simpson tells players to relax

Carlisle boss Paul Simpson has urged his side to play their normal game as
they go in search of a vital win against Mansfield on Saturday.

After a disappointing 2-0 reverse against Lincoln last weekend, the
Cumbrians know defeat at Field Mill could relegate them to the Nationwide

But Simpson is convinced his side can rediscover their winning touch again.
He told the club's official website: "We have got to forget about any
outside pressures and get back to playing with the relaxed attitude that has
been so effective for us.

"We have to do that, we have got to get back to that against Mansfield, it's
as simple as that.

"Their fans will put Mansfield under pressure as they need a win and they'll
fully expect to see their side get it against the team who are bottom of the
league so it's up to us to make sure they don't get an easy afternoon."


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