Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott to step up striker hunt

Francois Zoko
Francois Zoko is one of the strikers yet to find the net for Carlisle this season

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has confirmed he will step up his search for a striker after Tuesday's goalless draw with Rochdale in League One.

United have scored just three goals in four games this season, and have just three fit forwards in Craig Curran, Francois Zoko and Rory Loy.

"We are trying desperately hard, maybe the time has come where we try even harder," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"But you've still got to bring in one better than what you've got."

Carlisle lost striker Paddy Madden to injury on the eve of the new season, while the remaining trio of forwards have failed to find the target.

Goals have come from the club's midfielders, with Jon-Paul McGovern, Liam Noble and James Berrett all netting.

Meanwhile the stalemate at Spotland leaves the Cumbrians in mid-table with a record of one win, one draw and one defeat from the start to the campaign, although Abbott expects a tight division with results difficult to predict.

"It looks like that is the norm that the norm isn't going to happen," Abbott continued.

"It is different and I think teams in this league this season will all beat each other.

"If there is one team that can put a run together and bit of consistency then they might find themselves right at the top end, well obviously they will find themselves at the top end."

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