Carlisle United are, not suprisingly, out for revenge at The Valley tomorrow after their recent 4-0 drubbing there. Somewhat bizarrely, they hope that the 'high red slopes and basin setting' of The Valley will cancel out any effects from the wind, although I would have thought a wayward ball might help them by creating chances for a freak goal: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/carlisle-utd-ace-wants-another-shot-at-taking-on-big-boys-in-fa-cup-1.902361?referrerPath=home
Clearly tomorrow poses some selection dilemmas. I would be good to go through and get a draw against a Premiership club in the 3rd round. Although our financial situation is better than it was, the money would come in very handy. However, this season is not about winning the FA Cup or even progressing in it very far. Knowing our luck, we would end up away to the one League 2 club left in the competition. Against that, a defeat would not be good for morale and a draw would be in many ways be the worst outcome, creating an away midweek fixture in Cumbria.
Chris Powell, therefore, has another chance to show his mettle as a manager. Some fringe players need to be given a chance, but probably not as many as in the league cup or the paint pot. Key players could be kept on the bench to provide extra firepower if necessary.
The Carlisle article points out that the Addicks are not invincible and indeed we have never made claims of the type advanced by Huddersfield (or made for them in the storm of media hype). I think that we should be able to win this 2-1