Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Carlisle United
October started with an away draw to Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle trailed from the 40th minute thanks to a Tom Bradshaw strike which came from constant Shrewsbury pressure that up until then Carlisle had defended well against.
In the 86th minute David Amoo struck Carlisle’s equaliser when he latched onto a loose ball at the back post and thumped the ball into the roof of the net.
With a new lease of life in them, Carlisle swept forward looking for a second which duly arrived thanks to the head of Sean O’Hanlon leaping to meet a James Berrett corner however only seconds later Shrewsbury grabbed a leveller when a hopeful ball forward got the slightest of touches which left McSweeney and O’Hanlon stuck in no man’s land which allowed Paul Parry with a clear run on goal and he duly stuck the ball under Gillespie into the net.
Performance Rating: Grade B; To be trailing until the last 10 minutes to grab a point would usually be a good result but I can’t help but be frustrated with the way we took control of the game only to then throw it away right at the death.
Oldham Athletic 1-0 Carlisle United
The next league game was again away from home, this time to Oldham. The game was settled by a disputed penalty which was won and scored by Adam Rooney following a tug of the shirt by O’Hanlon.
This was a game many had expected us to do well in due to the new found positive mood around the club following the appointment of Graham Kavanagh as manager on a full time basis however it wasn’t to be, Carlisle played well and at times the Oldham goal led a charmed life but we just couldn’t find a way through and Oldham deserve credit for the way they defended.
Performance Rating: Grade C; We can play as well as you like but without points on the board performances count for nothing, we played some good stuff and could have scored two/three but in the end we came away with nothing.
Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Carlisle United
Three days later on the Tuesday, Carlisle made the long trip down to Milton Keynes for their third away game on the bounce. We have a history of late goals against Wimbledon MK Dons with three of our last five goals against them coming after the 80th minute, all to take points off them.
The goal came from a face many Dons will recognise with Penrith-born Lewis Guy grabbing the Cumbrian’s solitary goal in a 1-0 on his return to his former club, the last goal he scored in this fixture was for MK, in a 1-0 victory for the Dons.
Performance Rating: Grade A; Matched and probably bettered a team with much better facilities and ability to recruit top players for this league, we showed what we can do when the team performs as a whole. Highly satisfying victory.
Here’s a link to the goal, I doubt we’ll see a more acrobatic one from us all season! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYTP8jm-gJE
Carlisle United 2-4 Bristol City
Our only home game of the month was against bottom club Bristol City, a team with players of a much higher quality than their league position would suggest and unfortunately they showed their true potential in their 4-2 victory.
Carlisle started the brighter of the two teams and finally took the lead when O’Hanlon grabbed his second in four league games when he met a corner flush on and hammered the ball off his forehead beyond the City keeper.
A hopeful long ball was kept alive by Wagstaff in the corner and his cross found an unmarked Emmanuell-Thomas on the penalty spot who headed the ball back across goal giving Gillespie no chance.
Bristol took the lead moments later when Potts hesitated on the ball and lost possession to Bobby Reid who fed the ball to Thomas, one great touch later the ball was in the back of the net again, 1-2.
City extended their lead to two goals when Thomas, this time provider, played the ball wide to Wagstaff who brought the ball under control before unleashing a thunderous volley across Gillespie’s goal which again left the young stopper with no chance.
Carlisle clawed a goal back on 79 minutes when a poor clearance from Williams allowed Noble the space on the edge of the area to guide a slightly scuffed left footed volley just inside the far post to breathe new life into Carlisle’s comeback.
However we again were the masters of our downfall as we again conceded possession cheaply which allowed Emmanuell-Thomas space on the ball, he rode a challenge from Chimbonda before coolly sliding the ball under the keepers dive to grab a deserved hat-tick.
Performance Rating: Grade C; Started brightly but three individual errors cost us the game, nothing more to it.
Overall Rating: Grade C; October wasn’t the greatest month for Carlisle with dropped points in three of the four games with the slightly unexpected away win to MK Dons being the only game we took maximum return from.