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Carlisle United begin their new season on Saturday

Carlisle United begin their new season on Saturday when they face Accrington Stanley in the first round of the newly named Capital One Cup.

Last season, The Blues were knocked out in the second round away at Aldershot. This time Greg Abbott wants his team to be the competition's surprise package. He said: "Tomorrow's the start of the season 100%. Not 70 or 80, it's 100% starting tomorrow. We know the pressures around getting a result and getting a run in one of these cups.

"The way some of the Premiership and the bigger clubs treat it maybe gives you an opportunity to get into the fourth or fifth round. It happened last season, and there'll be another League One team gets into the fourth, or fifth round and draws one of them clubs that gives you a jackpot payday."

Danny Cadamarteri may not be fit for Saturday's clash at Brunton Park Credit: ITV

There could be debuts for some of the club's new signings at Brunton Park. Italian defender Alessio Bugno has been given his international clearance and could make his first start. But former Everton youth Danny Cadamarteri has been stuggling with a hamstring injury and may miss out.

Abbott said: "He trained alright today. We'll see how he is. It's probably three or four days too early.

"We might even try and fix up a bounce game on Tuesday against one of our neighbours - Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough - to give pitch time to the players that don't get it tomorrow."

We start the season full of optimism

– Greg Abbott, Carlisle United Manager

Since Abbott took charge of Carlisle in 2008, the club has improved on it's final league position every season. The manager is now hoping that come May 2013, the team can take that extra step and become promotion contenders. He said: "We start the season full of optimism, and I'm just hoping that we can continue the progress we have been making and have another good year to give the supporters something to shout about."

Carlisle United's final League One standings under Greg Abbott

  • 2009 - 20th
  • 2010 - 14th
  • 2011 - 12th
  • 2012 - 8th

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