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A look at our Carabao Cup round two opponents

22 August 2017

Our reward for the fine victory over Fleetwood in Round One is a visit from Championship side Sunderland in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Thank you to our Match Sponsors for this game:

Match Sponsor – Solway DAF
Associate Sponsor – Lattimer Homes
Match Ball Sponsor – Bimson Haulage

We hope you all enjoy your evening with us - and thank you for your support.


Our Match Referee is Darren Bond. Darren has been in charge of five games so far this season and has shown 16 yellow cards and one red.

He was last with us at Brunton Park for last season’s feisty 3-2 victory over Hartlepool. Jabo Ibehre, Danny Grainger and Michael Raynes got the goals in a nip and tuck affair and Shaun Miller was sent off with just over half an hour left to play to make things even more interesting.


The Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last season and have started well in the second tier with new boss Simon Grayson getting his side well-organised.

Ahead of what’s sure to be an enjoyable evening at Brunton Park, we take a closer look at what’s happening with our visitors from Wearside:

Keen to bounce back ...

After a summer which saw a lot of uncertainty surround the Stadium of Light, it’s been a fairly strong start to the season from Grayson’s side.

They ground out draws with promotion hopefuls Derby and Sheffield Wednesday while claiming victory away at Norwich as they picked up five points from their first three games - a good return.

But they suffered a first defeat of the season last time out as Leeds ran out 2-0 victors in the North East, meaning the Black Cats haven’t won at home since 17 December 2016.

They’ll be keen to ensure their away form is better, starting with the trip across the A69 tonight.

Will Grayson stick or twist?

The Sunderland boss has named the starting line-up for the last three games - but will he be tempted to switch things up at Brunton Park?

After some strong performances Grayson resisted the temptation to tinker with his side but, after a first defeat of the season and during a busy period, he may well change a few personnel in Cumbria.

There were several players looking slightly jaded towards the end of the defeat, and the likes of John O’Shea, Adam Matthews and Darron Gibson may be handed chances to shine if players are rested.

Grayson will likely have one eye on a tough away trip to Barnsley at the weekend, too. After playing three games in less than a week, it would be surprising if there wasn’t at least one change.

A first victory in over 30 years?

The Cumbrians last beat Sunderland in the old Second Division during the 1973/74 season, as they ran out 1-0 winners at Brunton Park. Will that 34-year wait end this week?

Since then, the meetings have been dominated by the Wearsiders, although Untied did twice force FA Cup replays after draws at Roker Park in 1994 and 1995.

In Carlisle’s 19 meetings with Sunderland, the Black Cats have been victorious on nine occasions while the Cumbrians have picked up four wins.

Interestingly, this is the first time the two sides have been drawn together in this competition. We have, however, met in no fewer than four FA Cup ties.

Our last meeting came in the Third Round of the FA Cup back in 2013/14 season as we fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light - Matty Robson netting for the Blues.

How do Carlisle fare against Grayson’s sides?

It’s a fairly mixed bag, really.

Grayson has come up against the Blues during his time in charge at Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston, with United managing five wins from 12 meetings with his sides - with Grayson earning the same number of wins.

The Blues fared best against Grayson during his early days, and the only side they failed to beat while managed by Grayson were Preston.

Ones to Watch

Didier Ndong - Sunderland’s record signing, the Gabon international has recently been linked with a move to Lyon after impressing during the early weeks of the season. A combative box-to-box midfielder, Ndong’s physicality and passing range can quickly see the game transition from attack to defence. While goals may not come naturally, the midfielder is sure to provide plenty of oppor-tunities for his teammates.

+ Robin Ruiter - The Dutch goalkeeper may well earn a first start of the season at Brunton Park having played second fiddle to Jason Steele so far this campaign. But that’s not to say he’s a tame understudy; the 30-year-old showed his worth during a trial over the summer and comes with a wealth of experience from his time at FC Utrecht. A tall, imposing figure, Ruiter will prove a tough last line of defence if selected.

+ George Honeyman - Sunderland fans have been pleasantly surprised by the emergence of Honeyman, with the attacking midfielder netting twice already this season. He looked lively in the victory over Bury in the first round of the Carabao Cup as he grabbed the game’s only goal, before following that up with a strike at Hillsborough during the draw with Sheffield Wednesday. The youngster possesses a great skill set and raw pace which is hard to combat.

Ones to Watch

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MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 2 Sunderland

Report from the Tuesday night Carabao Cup game

22 August 2017

Championship side Sunderland came to Brunton Park on Tuesday evening as the sides contested round two of this season's Carabao Cup competition.

And it was the visitors who edged through on the night when a stunning second half strike from Gooch, against the run of play, eased any fears of an upset as they did just enough to see off a confident Carlisle team.

Sunderland hit the home side with an early counter-attack which swept through the midfield area as they broke up a home attack. Asoro fed it wide to Khazri but he opted to shoot on the run and it crashed into the side netting.

Next to try his luck was NDong as he found some space 25-yards from goal. His shot hit a leg and went behind for a corner. The delivery from that caused problems but Lambe twice blocked from Asoro to protect the target. 

United showed as an attacking force when Bennett controlled a huge ball over the top. He fed it back to Joyce but his cross had just too much on it as Lambe stretched to try to make it count. 

Carlisle had the Black Cats troubled again when Adams dropped a shoulder and left his man standing. Bennett did well to make space for a shot but the whistle had gone for an infringement. 

The Blues crafted a fantastic chance on 12 minutes when Bennett sprinted clear with options left and right. He fed it to Joyce and his delivery was perfect for the late arrival of Adams. His piledriver from 14-yards was on target but Ruiter spread himself to make a vital save.

It was suddenly all about the hosts and a quickly taken throw allowed Lambe to feed Devitt inside the box. He fizzed it across the face of goal but Djilobodji stuck a leg out before Bennett could pounce.

Keeper Robbin Ruiter completed a stunning save as the blue shirts stayed forward when Devitt trapped the ball and spun on the spot. A fierce volley followed and it needed a fingertip to put it over the bar.

Another excellent set piece followed but Ellis couldn't get any power on his header and it was easy for Ruiter to deal with.

The visitors showed they weren't about to hide away from the onslaught midway through the half when Khazri found himself in unexpected space. He connected well with his shot but Bonham was equal to it as he went full length to make the save.

The Black Cats demonstrated a moment of quality on 24 minutes when Gooch skipped his way past two challenges to cut the ball back. Love timed his run to meet the loose ball and he made no mistake as he swept it into the net.

Nicky Adams wasn't too far away as he took matters into his own hands on the half hour with a dipping effort from 28-yards. The keeper was relieved to see it angle past the upright.

Bonham was at full stretch again to prevent a stinger from Gooch from bulging his top corner, and he did well to punch under pressure when the corner delivery came in.

The in-form Blues stopper was at his best when the now settled visitors came again with a breakaway from Asoro. Bonham spread himself and got a boot to the shot to make sure he came out on top of the one-against-one situation. 

Carlisle kept knocking on the door and a deflected effort from Grainger was picked up by Devitt on the 18-yard line. Ruiter made another fantastic save to deny him at close range, and there were loud appeals for a spot kick as Bennett tumbled when he tried to tap the rebound away.

United should have been back on terms on 38 minutes when they tore the Sunderland defence open with some excellent one-touch football. Jones sparked it when he released Devitt, and his cross picked out the unmarked Reggie Lambe. He appeared to have done everything right until his volley crashed back to safety off the woodwork. 

The Blues ended the half on the front foot but they couldn't make use of an added time corner as the header from Ellis hit the back of a defender and bounced wide.

It was nip and tuck at the start of the second period as Carlisle tried to find a way through the stubborn Sunderland back line but they came close to unlocking the door when a deep free kick from Parkes pinged around inside the box.

It was eventually cleared but the reprieve was short-lived as a challenge on Bennett brought a finger point to the spot from the referee. Danny Grainger needed a second bite of the cherry but he poked the loose ball from the Ruiter save into the waiting net.

Carlisle pressed again after the goal and Devitt overlapped to help an Adams pass on its way. Two blocks were needed as the wide man tried to finish it off.

Home tails were up and a dinked through ball from Jones found Bennett on the move. His first time volley was on target until it hit a thigh and spun away to safety.

A rare visiting attack on 77 minutes brought a corner as Kone crossed, but a header from Djilobodji was blocked and United recovered their shape.

Carlisle were dealt a cruel blow on 79 minutes when neat passing from the Black Cats brought a step inside from Gooch. He caught his left foot shot on the sweet spot and Bonham had no chance.

James Vaughan scissor-kicked a late chance past the post, and Sunderland survived a second late penalty shout when Bennett was shoulder barged to the floor under the watchful eyes of the officials. 

And a late, late chance was missed when a Grainger free kick was headed back across goal only to somehow end up in Ruiter's hands.



Carlisle United - Grainger (59)

Sunderland - Love (24), Gooch (79)



Sunderland - Khazri (56), Djilobodji (59), NDong (65), Vaughan (90)



Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Ellis, Parkes, Grainger, Lambe, Jones, Joyce (Hope 84) Adams (Kennedy 87), Devitt (S Miller 84), Bennett. Subs - George, T Miller, Nabi, Cosgrove.

Sunderland - Ruiter, Oviedo (McGeady 72), Djilobodji, Khazri, O'Shea, NDong, Matthews, Love (Kone 66), Gibson, Gooch, Asoro (Vaughan 66). Subs - Stryjek, Jones, Honeyman, Embleton.


Referee - Darren Bond

Attendance - 8,187 (1,929  away fans)

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Ticket News

CARABAO CUP ROUND TWO: Sunderland match ticket information

Details for the Carabao cup fixture

20 August 2017

Carlisle United can confirm that we will host Championship promotion favourites Sunderland in the second round of this season’s Carabao Cup competition on Tuesday 22 August, kick off 7.45pm.

The Blues saw off one of League One’s pace-setters Fleetwood Town with an impressive away victory courtesy of goals from Shaun Miller and Tom Miller and their reward is a home tie against the Black Cats.

Manager Keith Curle said: “This is a great tie. We want as many people as possible to come and see us take on what is one of the biggest and best supported clubs in the country.

“The fans have done their bit for us already this season and there’s no doubt we’ll need them again in this one. We want Sunderland to come here and face a club that is united, together and pushing each other on to get to the next round.

“We’re hoping to see the place packed, as it was for the Everton game, and with the kind of atmosphere we created in our play-off games. Our fans want success and this is a chance for us to put ourselves up against a great club. I want to make sure we all enjoy the occasion, but also do it properly as we look to progress in what has been a very good competition for us.”

Tickets for the Sunderland Carabao Cup game are available online now.

Dates of sale:

  Main Ticket Office CBS Pod Fisher Street
Mon 21 August 10am to 5pm CLOSED
Tue 22 August Match day prices CLOSED

Ticket prices:

Seating Pre-sale Match Day
Adult £19 £22
Senior £16 £19
Young Person £13 £16
Junior £10 £10
Child U11 £7 £7
Child U7 FoC FoC
Ambulant Carer FoC FoC
W/Chair & Carer £4 £4
1 Adult + 1 Junior £27 £30
1 Adult + 2 Junior £35 £38
1 Senior + 1 Junior £24 £27
Terracing Pre-sale Match Day
Adult £16 £19
Senior £13 £16
Young Person £10 £13
Junior £7 £7
Child U11 £4 £4
Child U7 FoC FoC
Ambulant Carer FoC FoC
W/Chair & Carer £4 £4
1 Adult + 1 Junior £21 £24
1 Adult + 2 Junior £26 £29
1 Senior + 1 Junior £18 £21

Methods of purchase:

In person - from the main ticket office during normal working hours.

Telephone - the ticket office telephone number is 0844 371 1921. Calls to this number are charged at 7p per minute from landlines. Charges from mobiles may vary.

Internet - click HERE to purchase your tickets online (available for this game from 12pm on Monday 14 August). 

For full home ticket information, click HERE

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