Carlisle United: Graham Kavanagh defends 'jaded' squad

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh plans to rest some of his players after playing and training on "heavy pitches" contributed to

The Cumbrians looked to have secured a point thanks to an overhead kick from Lee Miller on the stroke of half-time.

But Millers winger Kieran Agard's 92nd minute goal left Carlisle just four points above the League One drop zone.

"The group looked jaded and need a few days off. Late on, some of them were dead on their feet," said Kavanagh.

"That's understandable because the pitches we've trained on haven't been great. It was then a heavy pitch for the game - it's been difficult."

Experienced former Rangers striker Nacho Novo made his debut as a late substitute on Saturday.

His availability comes as a boost after on-loan Aston Villa forward

"I had hoped to sign someone before the game but his club changed their mind. As a result, we lost the chance to keep Michael," Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"We have four loan players at the moment and really need some help in central defence. There's only Courtney [Meppen-Walter] and Sean O'Hanlon fit.

"With five being the maximum number of loans in a match-day squad, that may have to be the priority now."

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