Carlisle boss Greg Abbott critical of 'Subbuteo men' defending

Greg Abbott

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has criticised his players for playing 'like Subbuteo men' for part of Monday's 4-0 away defeat by Brentford.

The Cumbrians conceded four goals for the fourth time this season and Abbott was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded.

"Brentford didn't have to work for the goals," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"On the fourth we were statues, like Subbuteo men, I've got to do something about it, we can't accept it."

United lost ground in the League One play-off race following the loss, with the Cumbrians two points behind Stevenage who have two games in hand.

Meanwhile there was a brighter note for Abbott in the shape of a first start of the season for striker Paddy Madden after a return from a metatarsal injury.

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The 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes alongside Francois Zoko, with Lee Miller serving the final match of a three-game ban.

"I thought Paddy was our best player by a mile," Abbott added.

"You take away Lee's aerial threat, but Paddy has given us energy, kept the ball and caused them problems.

"I feel sorry for him, it's his first start of the season and the group behind him have let him down."

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