Novo revels in Cumbrians support

Nacho Novo: High praise for the fans

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Nacho Novo revealed how important the fans are to the Carlisle players after making his debut in the defeat to Rotherham.

The 34-year-old former Rangers striker, who recently signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, stepped off the substitutes' bench for the final 11 minutes in Saturday's 2-1 loss.

"I was very happy to get the call to make my debut," the Spaniard told the club's official website. "The fans received me very well and that was a nice feeling when I came on.

"I asked our kit man, Colin, how long I had been on for because it went by so quickly.

"It only felt like I'd made three or four runs and then the final whistle blew. It really did only feel like it was a few minutes. It's a start for me and I hope I can push on from here.

"Hearing that round of applause is fantastic.

"Things like that really lift players up. It makes you want to come out and show the fans what you can do. It would be lovely to score a goal and celebrate with them.

"The fans are very important in player's minds. If you hear an ovation or praise you respond and you want everything to be good to please them.

"I can guarantee I will work hard to give something back to them."

The Cumbrians have lost six of their last nine league games and lie four points above the relegation zone.