James Tavernier impresses Carlisle boss Greg Abbott

James Tavernier
Carlisle are unbeaten in Tavernier's three appearances so far following a loan move from Premier League side Newcastle United

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott believes on-loan Newcastle United full-back James Tavernier has already had a positive impact at Brunton Park.

The 20-year-old completed a loan move to the League One club earlier this month, and has impressed at right-back in his three United appearances so far.

"He has been very good for us," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Overall everyone has taken to him, with his energy, his pace and his willingness to get forward."

Abbott added: "He has certainly been a really good acquisition after losing Frank Simek."

Tavernier and his team-mates extended the club's unbeaten run in all competitions to four games with a 2-1 home victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.

There was some uncertainty surrounding United's second goal, with striker Craig Curran initially listed as the goalscorer by some sources.

But Cherries defender Nathan Byrne was later credited with the strike as an own goal, although Abbott was delighted with the efforts of former Tranmere Rovers striker Curran.

"He deserved the goal, we know what he is and what he isn't and he has worked his socks off," Abbott said.

"To be fair the team wouldn't have got a result if they hadn't put in that sort of endeavour.

"It wasn't a perfect performance, we had some really good things in it and we had some poorer things in it.

"It is probably synonymous of what we are right now but there was a lot of effort, there was a lot of heart and genuine honesty in the performance."

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