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5 October 2013

Frenetic Carlisle finale leaves GT with mixed emotions

Town boss Graham Turner admitted to feeling a “whole barrel-load of emotions mixed-up” after his side surrendered a lead late on, then fell behind – only to rescue a point in added time in the 2-2 draw with Carlisle.

Tom Bradshaw had given Town the advantage at the break, but two Carlisle goals in the final four minutes looked to have heaped misery on the Greenhous Meadow faithful, only for Paul Parry to coolly slot home an equaliser in stoppage time.

“You can have a whole barrel-load of emotions and mix them all up, that’s what the feeling is,” said Turner.

“It’s a point gained, but overall I think it’s two lost. I think we played reasonably well and got ourselves in one or two very good goal scoring positions or positions to produce chances in the end and we should’ve done better on the break.

“It was certainly not a performance that deserved a defeat, so in the end they’ve shown a bit of character at 2-1 down in the dying stages to come back and rescue it.”

Turner was frustrated with the manner of Carlisle’s two goals, both with his team and with the officials, claiming that neither should have stood.

“I’ve just had an opportunity to see replays on the wide angle camera and I think we were unfortunate to lose the two goals. 

“The lad who scored the first one was in an offside position, two or three yards off, and in the build up to the second one, Ryan Woods was clearly fouled before the corner was conceded. Having said that, we should’ve dealt with them better. It wasn’t good enough.”

Having conceded late goals that cost points in the last two games with Wolves and Bradford, Turner was once again frustrated that his side couldn’t hold on to an advantage but he suggested he was generally pleased with the performance, and the injury time fight back.

“I said to the lads that teams will do assessments on us and realise we concede a lot of late goals, so they’ll stick a lot of late balls into our box, but what you’ve got to do is pick them off on the break.

“I don’t think it was a particularly bad performance. We passed the ball into good areas, moved forward well and got ourselves into good positions, so I don’t think it was a poor performance by any means. 

“I felt up until the 85th minute that we had a reasonable shape and a reasonable performance, so I didn’t see the threat coming.”

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