After several seasons knocking the door of the play-offs, Carlisle took a backward step in 2012/13 with a finish in lower mid-table, taking until the later weeks of the season to ensure their safety. Prior to this season I half expected them to reach the top six after some near misses in recent years, but the worst defensive record in League One put paid to that. Danny Livesey is still around, but it seemed as though they could have done with one solid defender in the Richard Keogh mould to make them more competitive. At one point of the season, the club could not seem to be able to buy a win at home, and at other times it seemed as if it was that situation away. There was a period in the first half of the season where they managed to lose several home games on the spin, and that gave the impression that it would be a season of struggled. It was only results away from home at that time which was keeping Carlisle away from danger, and from on the outside looking in, it seemed as though Greg Abbott's position as manager seemed under threat, given how quickly managers are sacked these days. While the goalscoring exploits of Lee Miller (after a long time away from the English game) and David Symington were impressive, 2012/13 was a mediocre season for Carlisle who had been continuously on the up since promotion back to the Football League from the Conference was achieved at the first time of asking in 2005. Looking ahead, better things should be expected, but some experienced players will be leaving in the summer including Peter Murphy, after years of service to the club. Adam Collin was replaced as the no. 1 goalkeeper by Mark Gillespie and was subsequently released. As for next season, the top half will surely be the aim.