SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Greg Abbott in quest for fresh joy at Owls

Flashback: Rob Jones heads Wednesday's second in the 3-2 defeat at Carlisle.                                                                                                                                     Picture: Steve Ellis.
Flashback: Rob Jones heads Wednesday's second in the 3-2 defeat at Carlisle. Picture: Steve Ellis.

CARLISLE share the same goal as Wednesday as they head for Hillsborough on Saturday.

The Cumbrians could do with winning their last three games in aid of a promotion cause.

Manager Greg Abbott is also pointing out that his team are no strangers to causing an upset at the Owls’ ground: they won there 1-0 last season.

Carlisle have taken only two points from their last four games after going down 1-0 at Stevenage on Tuesday and are eighth, one point off the play-off positions.

“Sometimes you just need things to do for you and it hasn’t happened for us in the last few games,” said Abbott.

“We can’t afford to dwell on it, though. We have to pick ourselves up and make sure we push on again for the weekend.

“It’s three massive games ahead and we have to believe we can win them all. This group is good enough to do that and we’ll go out to do our best.”

Owls captain Rob Jones has a similar sentiment, saying: “There’s nothing more we can do than win our next three games.”

While Wednesday are pushing for automatic promotion, Carlisle’s target is the play-offs despite a dip in results.

Abbott said: “We don’t want this thing to fizzle out and the only way to make sure it doesn’t is to keep standing up to do our jobs.

“Saturday will be really, really tough, but we’ve been there before and come away with a result. That’s what we’re going to try to do again.”

Carlisle’s other two games are against Exeter at home and Oldham away.

Abbott is calling on his team’s fans to aid the cause: “We’ll need them again on Saturday because it will be a big home crowd who will push their own side on.”

He expects sixth place to be filled by one of four sides: his own, Stevenage, Notts County or Brentford.

Whichever ends up in that spot will play Wednesday or United in the play-off semi-finals.

Abbott added: “There will be some twists and turns in the next three weeks and we just have to make sure that we’re in a position to take advantage if we can.”

Jones believes that Wednesday’s run-in is harder than United’s but the Owls must keep the pressure on: “Carlisle beat us 3-2 earlier in the season and Brentford is a difficult place to go.

“Both teams are fighting to get into the play-offs so have an awful lot to play for, as have we.”