Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Foxes Manager Keeps His Cool

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Foxes Manager Keeps His Cool

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Carlisle United 1

Millwall 2

FOR the first time this season Carlisle suffered back to back defeats, but unlike in the five-goal mauling at Crewe last week, they gifted the points to Millwall on the back of an inept first-half display, writes MIKE COR RY .

The Cumbrians will look back positively on a much improved second half performance, but reflect on the little bit of required luck that momentarily seems to have deserted them.

A terrible Kevin Gray blunder six minutes before half-time proved to be the pivotal moment in the game, com-

pounded by a Chris Lumsdon penalty miss and a Kevin Gall shot that hit the post.

But manager Neil McDonald refused to be downbeat after seeing his side lose their unbeaten home record and still managed the smile that is becoming his trademark .

"When you get beat it's a disappointing result," he said. "But if you give sloppy goals away and miss penalties you sometimes don't get anything out of the game.

"We didn't play brilliantly for the first 20 minutes. That's probably the slowest start that we've had and all credit to Millwall.

"They tried to stop us playing and got in amongst us and we haven't been fluent. It's back to the drawing board but it's certainly not all doom and gloom because we've lost two

on the trot. But we will learn from the experience and it will make us stronger in the future."

The initial signs were ominous as Carlisle failed to stem the threat of crosses from both flanks and they rode their luck when Keiran Westwood was hesitant in clearing but thankful the rebound off Poul Hubertz came straight back to him.

The inevitable goal came on 27 minutes. Hubertz broke free on the right to see two unmarked players on the back post, but the chance seemed to have been spurned with a fresh air shot from Haynes, only for Dunne to redeem himself with a close range finish. …

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