McGovern says Carlisle United arrivals can lift promotion bid

Carlisle United midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern has said fresh additions to the squad during January will help the club's League One promotion push.

The current side have taken the Cumbrians to within goal difference of the play-offs after 24 games, with form of one defeat in 10 league matches.

"You've got a good squad here and the manager will want to add to that," McGovern told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Hopefully we can and then that will keep us going."

McGovern added: "The momentum and the team spirit has always boded well when you've got a smaller squad and everyone is for each other.

"You want every player in the team to do well, and I think the manager has installed that here."

Abbott's side have overcome injuries to and Craig Curran to continue their rise up the table, with 18 goals in the last 10 matches - including .

The loss of Loy with a broken leg was a particular disappointment for McGovern, who along with Lee Miller, had formed a useful forward trio at Brunton Park.

"He's been in my house the last few days over New Year, keeping his spirits up," added McGovern.

"His mum and dad and everybody have been around him, my family have been around him.

"He needs to try to get back as soon as possible for us."