English League One

Abbott: Situation is serious

Monday 19th November 2012 15:03

Abbott: Under increasing pressure

Abbott: Under increasing pressure

Carlisle's under-fire boss Greg Abbott admitted his side's first-half display at the weekend was the worst he had ever seen.

The Cumbrians conceded four goals to Leyton Orient at Brunton Park - in front of a crowd of 3,964 - for the third time this season and Abbott, League One's longest-serving manager, is beginning to feel the heat as his side slipped to within three points of the relegation zone.

"It's another difficult one for us all to accept," he told the club's official website. "I've just had 20 minutes upstairs on the radio listening to the comments and criticisms and there aren't too many answers for them at the moment.

"The first 45 minutes of the game was the worst that I've seen and not just as a coach or as a manager, but from my playing time as well."

Abbott added: "What we are talking about here is men playing football for a living. People's livelihoods are at stake, but you wouldn't have thought that when you look at a performance like this.

"It's a serious situation that we're in and that's why I spoke to them in the dressing room for 45 minutes, or whatever it was, after the game had finished. I've told them that I want to see them give their job the utmost priority when they come in next week. If that means making sacrifices and doing things differently then that's what we will have to do."