Doncaster Rovers: Mark my words, Beck is the future, insists Abbott

Praising the youth: Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has lavished praise on 19-year-old striker Mark Beck after his scoring role in the win over Brentford.                   Picture: PA WIRE
Praising the youth: Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has lavished praise on 19-year-old striker Mark Beck after his scoring role in the win over Brentford. Picture: PA WIRE
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GREG Abbott says Carlisle United supporters are seeing the future of the club in towering striker Mark Beck.

The 19-year-old netted in Saturday’s surprising 2-0 win over Rovers’ fellow promotion chasers Brentford on what was only his fourth league start for the club.

And boss Abbott described his performance as the best from a 19-year-old he has seen in a long time.

“Mark, at just 19, outshone everyone else,” Abbott said.

“He played up front on his own and it was a magnificent achievement for him.

“Brentford were a powerful team with brute centre halves and Mark was really good. He answered a few people who have questioned what he’s all about.

“I hope people went away felling the future is going to be very good for this club.

“Mark and the other young lads like Brad Potts are only going to get better and better and that’s great for us all.”

Beck looks set to be handed a starting role again when the Cumbrians travel to the Keepmoat tonight and will hope to show he is capable of standing up to fellow giants Rob Jones and Jamie McCombe in the Rovers defence.

Struggling Carlisle head to the Keepmoat on the back of what boss Greg Abbott termed the best result of his time at the club.

He said: “When you look at the circumstances and the quality of their team then you have to say we have done really well to keep them as quiet as we did.

“We’ve worked unbelievably hard and we have seen young players do a real job against experienced men.

“I’ve said a number of times that it’s a ‘first goal’ league and you tend to find that teams grow in stature when they score.

“Goals are fantastic whenever they’re scored, but we got one either side of half time and there’s no doubt that helped to calm things down even more.

“I’m also pleased for the players because they have deserved better results than they’ve been getting.”

Carlisle snapped up former Reading striker Mathieu Manset yesterday until the end of the season.

Abbott confirmed the forward is not 100 per cent fit but is hoping to name him among the substitutes tonight should international clearance arrive in time.

Liam Noble looks set to return to the squad after missing Saturday’s win.