Hartlepool Utd star happy to inflict misery on hometown team Carlisle Utd

Paul Murray
Paul Murray

PAUL Murray is ready to bear the Brunt of his fellow Cumbrians’ wrath by inflicting further misery on Carlisle United tomorrow – while setting a new club record for Pools in the process.

Greg Abbott’s team have slumped to three straight defeats, the latest being Tuesday’s gruelling 3-2 reverse at Stevenage in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The tie proved particularly costly with red cards to Peter Murphy and James Berrett ruling them out of tomorrow’s derby (KO 3pm).

In contrast, should Pools avoid defeat at Brunton Park then they will extend their unbeaten start to the season to seven matches, a best-ever in the Football League.

And Murray, who started his career at Carlisle, told SportMail today: “I absolutely loved it at Carlisle. Playing for your hometown team was brilliant.

“I love going back and playing there and I’ve still got a great rapport with the fans.

“But I’m not bothered about that tomorrow – I want the three points and I’m excited for the game.

“To be fair we’ve had poor results against them since I’ve been here.

“We’ve got to try and turn that around on Saturday because we’re on a bit of a roll at the minute.

“We’ll be going there trying to win and it’ll be a new record if we avoid defeat, which would be brilliant.

“They’ve lost their last three so they’ll be desperate to stop the rot.

“But we’ll be going for three points and the worst case scenario for us is coming away with a draw.

“Especially with the form we’re in and the goals we’re scoring we should be confident.”

Full story in Friday’s Mail