Thursday, November 24, 2011

Charlton set for Carlisle test

Charlton are flying high in League One as they hope to make a swift return to the Championship and now they can take that confidence into their FA Cup encounter with Carlisle United at The Valley.

The in-form London outfit are five points clear at the top of the league table ahead of the unbeaten second placed Huddersfield Town and the squad can soon turn their attentions to domestic cup duties.

Charlton managed to come through a potential banana skin in the last round as they dispatched FC Halifax 4-0 in the feisty atmosphere of The Shay. People looking at the football odds should remember this.

In wet a cold conditions in West Yorkshire, manager Chris Powell and his players were able to withstand some heavy pressure to produce a very professional performance and eventually run out comfortable winners.

Charlton ran riot against Carlisle in their last encounter in League One, as they romped home with a 4-0 victory at The Valley.

The Cambrians will have to make the tough trip to the capital once again looking for a much improved performance against Powell’s men. Those looking at promotions FA Cup should remember this.

Carlisle enjoyed a comfortable away win of their own in the FA Cup first round, with a 4-0 victory over Alfreton Town.

Like their opponents on December 3, Carlisle avoided the banana skin and have gained some cup confidence from the away win.

The Valley will undoubtedly be a very different prospect and all signs are pointing to a Charlton victory but with the FA Cup you never know.

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