Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cumbrians Display Their True Colours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cumbrians Display Their True Colours

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Carlisle United 2 Colchester United 1 A RUN of below-par displays ahead of the visit of Aidy Boothroyd's Colchester United had called the character of the Carlisle United side into question.

But those fears were well and truly shelved as the ten-man Cumbrians dominated and deservedly won after going a goal down against the run of play at Brunton Park.

Manager Greg Abbott said: "We asked for a big effort from everyone and it's the players who take the plaudits for a performance like this.

"We said at half-time that the sending off might work in our favour, because the crowd got right behind us, and the reaction when we went a goal down as well was fantastic.

"Everyone united and it gave the players another lift, and that drove them on to turn it around."

Both sides had chances to take the lead in the first half with Kevin Lisbie testing keeper Adam Collin with an early deflected effort, but it was Carlisle who looked more likely with debut boy Jason Price twice breaking the offside trap, only to guide his placed efforts wide.

"When I missed the second chance I thought, oh great, here we go," the former Millwall and Doncaster forward admitted. "We were playing well and we just needed a goal, so when we went behind it was an even worse feeling."

The sending-off of midfielder Tom Taiwo just before the break, his second red card of the season, might have caused concern, but the Cumbrians rallied and continued to take the game into the Colchester half.

"It's a learning curve for Tom," Abbott said. "He's been sent off for the same thing twice now this season, and he will need to learn not to slide in, or he is going to open himself up to that again." An uphill battle appeared to be a mountain to climb on 67 minutes when a Ben Marshall clearance ricocheted into the path of the unmarked Clive Platt, but the on-loan Stoke City teenager made immediate amends when he swept a Price cut-back into the roof of the net at the other end. …

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