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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to the Tuesday night game

The Magpies follow the Robins at Brunton Park

11 March 2019

United got back to winning ways at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon with a hard-earned victory over Swindon, and they'll be looking to build on that on Tuesday night.

Jon SteadThe visiting Magpies are currently seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the League Two table despite having enjoyed a better run of results last month.

Back-to-back victories in the middle of February suggested that new boss Neal Ardley had found the combination needed to mount a surge away from the bottom places, with new faces added to the ranks at the end of the January window appearing to have settled in, but it's now four games since they recorded their last victory.

Saturday's heavy defeat at Cheltenham added to the woes, but County still believe they have enough in the tank to get the job done.

A squad full of quality sees the ever-reliable Jon Stead lead the scoring charts, with 10 for the campaign so far, and they'll be coming to Brunton Park looking for a vital three points, whoever is picked to take to the field.


Manager’s thoughts ...

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the midweek game, manager Steven Pressley said: "This isn't a game we will take lightly at all.

"There are pressures on both sides for different reasons, and at this stage of the season it often comes down to which team deals with the psychological side of things that goes on to win the points.

"Despite the league position, Neal [Ardley] has a strong squad of players there and they're in a situation now where they are fighting for their lives. They have ground to make up and the run to achieve that has to start somewhere.

"What we have to do is concentrate on ourselves and make sure we play our game in our way. If we do things properly we'll cause them problems, and that's what I want to see.

"We got the win against Swindon, and that was massive for us, but it will become a very good result for us if we can add it to it in our next home game."

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Did You Know?

+ Italian club Juventus took their black and white striped shirts from those of Notts County, with the Magpies playing a friendly match at the opening of the Old Lady’s new stadium in 2011.


+ Notts have played more Football League games than any other club, having racked up also 5,000 games during their 155-year history.

+ The club’s now famous Wheelbarrow Song originated in the 1988-89 season, after a trip to Wembley to face Tranmere Rovers.


Head to Head

The sides have met on a total of 35 occasions over the years with United winning 12 of those contests. The Magpies have the upper hand having notched up 18 victories.

  Carlisle wins Draws Notts Co wins
League 12 4 17
FA Cup 0 1 1
Total 12 5 18

Our November trip to Meadow Lane saw the sides battle out a 1-1 draw, with the Magpies taking the lead following a good spell of pressure in the second half. Youngster Liam McCarron came on as a late substitute and his cross was met by a stunning header from Jerry Yates to level the scores.

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The game last October here at Brunton Park ended as 1-1 stalemate, despite Carlisle having taken the lead after a good spell of pressure through a close range finish from Hallam Hope. A good visiting move early in the second half was finished off by Ryan Yates and that earned his side a share of the spoils.

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The Valentine's Day visit to Meadow Lane that season brought little in the way of love for the Blues as Notts County ran out winners courtesy of a cool finish from Jon Stead and a scrambled toe poke from the same player. A slight deflection on a Jamie Devitt volley gave the visitors their consolation.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle

Eddie IldertonOur referee for this game is Mr Eddie Ilderton. So far this season he has taken charge of nine fixtures showing 22 yellow cards and two reds.

We last saw him in December for our 4-0 home victory over Colchester. Hallam Hope, Jerry Yates, Jamie Devitt and Danny Grainger scored the goals, and Jack Sowerby and Tom Parkes were Carlisle names taken on the day.

His previous visit to Brunton Park was for our 1-0 win over Forest Green last January. Jamie Devitt scored the only goal of the game and Jack Bonham and Luke Joyce had their names taken on the day.

A bit of club history was made by the referee during that encounter when he booked keeper Morgan Bacon for time wasting on the bench - the ball had rolled under his feet and he delayed a throw in as he kicked it under the seats. Bacon didn't play and, in fact, became the only United player ever to be cautioned never having made an appearance in the senior ranks.

Mr Ilderton was also with us for our 1-0 defeat at the hands of Exeter just over a year ago. Clint Hill and Danny Grainger were shown yellow cards as the Blues pressed for an equaliser, but it just wasn't to be as the Grecians held out.

And we had also seen him earlier in that season when we lost 4-1 at Sincil Bank. Reggie Lambe bagged our consolation and Tom Parkes was given his marching orders with just under an hour left to play.

Referee – Eddie Ilderton
Assistant Referee 1 – Natalie Aspinall
Assistant Referee 2 – Wade Smith
Fourth Official – Geoffrey Liddle


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 3 Magpies

Report from the Tuesday evening home game

12 March 2019

United boss Steven Pressley made just one change form Saturday's game against Swindon with Kelvin Etuhu coming into the starting line up in place of the injured Mark Cullen.

The Blues were looking to make it back-to-back victories against the troubled Magpies, but Storm Gareth made things interesting as driving rain and howling winds battered Brunton Park. 

Captain Danny Grainger won the toss and opted to kick into the wind - with reported gusts of 70 miles-per-hour and stronger - which meant the Blues were attacking the Warwick Road End through the first half.

A free kick on three minutes from United's left back from wide on the flank had to be watched by Schofield as it swirled and skipped off the surface. He held his position and comfortably pulled it into his midriff.

Good football saw the hosts switch the ball from left to right as Devitt found Slater. He played Scougall into a good area, and a reverse pass released Liddle as he strode forward to overlap. He crossed early but Schofield was there was once again.

The Magpies took advantage of some awkward ricochets when Carlisle were caught deep and Boldewijn was suddenly played into space. A fierce low shot was parried by Collin, but the wide man was first to react to the loose ball. His instinctive shot whistled just over the bar.

Another free kick from the left flank, this time from Devitt, went the same way as Grainger's earlier effort as Schofield gobbled it up. Adam Collin did the same at the other end when Doyle bent one in on the wind moments later.

A miskick from Liddle when he had the ball at his feet inside his own penalty area caused all kinds of problems as Alessandra was left with a free run at goal. Fortunately for the United right back the forward lost his bearings and the final delivery was woeful.

More hesitancy from the Carlisle defence brought County forward in numbers, and Liddle had to block a cross from Hemmings away for a corner. That was looped high, and Collin lost the flight as it caught in the wind. It seemed to take an age for Parkes to step in and slam it behind to safety.

The Cumbrians struggled to deal with the wind in their faces as it grew in strength and O'Brien was next to have a go when a long throw was chested into his path. His volley had power but it was always heading wide.

County were a whisker away from taking the lead just past the half hour when Doyle curled a wicked free kick into the mix. Parkes stretched out a leg and he was relieved to see it fall wide of the post.

Doyle followed up with two excellent corners with Collin's penalty box packed with almost every outfield player. Gerrard cleared the first one and the second dropped onto the roof of the net.

Keeper Adam Collin pulled off a fantastic save on 35 minutes when Doyle zipped another teasing free kick in on the wind. It skimmed off heads and appeared to be about to bulge the bottom corner until the big stopper somehow got down to palm it away.

But the visitors were gifted a goal on 37 minutes when Gary Liddle underhit a back pass as he came under pressure. Collin raced out to block the first shot, but the ball spooned high and Hemmings was able to tap it home at the second time of asking as it fell kindly on his boot.

A long range effort from O'Brien dipped just over the bar as the Magpies continued to use the wind to their advantage, but Carlisle almost pulled one back just before the break when Slater clipped a pass behind the back line for Hope to chase. He cut back inside and fed it through for the late arriving Danny Grainger to strike, but Schofield parried it and snapped it up at the second attempt.

United tried to use the wind to their advantage at the start of the second half when Grainger placed the ball for a free kick. He kept it low and hit it hard but it was straight at Schofield.

Better came from the Blues when a Scougall cross was half cleared. Grainger charged it down and Slater set his sights with a 25-yard shot. It flew past Schofield but was wide of the mark.

County had good moments of their own as they attacked with confidence and corner deliveries from Doyle remained a thorn in the side. The Blues twice had to battle to clear as he dropped them into the six-yard box.

A cross from Alessandra was just too far in front of Boldewijn as Carlisle continued to send their passes astray, and the set piece deliveries which followed proved to be another big test for the Blues as Gerrard lunged in on Duffy, with the referee quickly pointing to the spot, much to the disappointment of the Carlisle players.

Hemmings placed the ball and he doubled the lead, and his own tally for the night, with a thumping and unstoppable penalty kick.

Carlisle needed a spark, and Gerrard tried to provide it when he let fly from distance. The ball hit a defender and was deflected away for a corner.

The boost came as the hosts got right back in it with 15 minutes left to play when Notts County keeper Ryan Schofield forgot to check behind as he placed the ball on the floor in readiness to kick it long. Hallam Hope was lurking, and he made it 13 for the season as he sprinted out of nowhere to nick the ball before stabbing into the empty net.

Former Magpie Nathan Thomas was denied an equaliser when he tried to crunch a shot from an angle past the keeper. An outstretched hand was just enough to send it behind. And Thomas was even closer when he stepped in to take control of a scramble out wide. His rasper of an inswinger was tipped over by Schofield before it could make it into the top corner. 

United stayed on the front foot and the slightest of touches from the away stopper denied Simpson a tap-in as he arrived late at the back stick.

Hope wasted a good opening when he opted to shoot, with runners left and right, and he lost his balance at the wrong moment to send his toe poke wide.

The Magpies were able to run the clock down as they got forward with Hemmings in possession, and they wrapped it up deep into time added on when Collin went forward for a late free kick. A clearance left Lewis Alessandra all alone and he was able to carry the ball on and tuck it away into the empty net.

That left the Cumbrians to ponder a contest where they took too long to get themselves going as they slipped frustratingly out of the play-off places.



Carlisle United - Hope (76)

Notts County - Hemmings (37 & 66 pen), Alessandra (90)



Carlisle United - Gerrard (66), Devitt (90)

Notts County - Milsom (23), Hemmings (65), Rose (87), O'Brien (90)



Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger (Simpson 71), Slater, Etuhu, Scougall (Thomas 56), Devitt, Hope, O'Hare. Subs - Gray, Miller, Kennedy, Jones, Grant.

Notts County - Schofield, Duffy, Alessandra, Vaughan, Boldewijn (Bird 81), Hemmings, Stubbs, O'Brien, Milsom, Rose, Doyle. Subs - Fitzsimons, Tootle, Barclay, Gomis, Patching, Etete.


Referee - Mr Eddie Ilderton

Attendance - 3,514 (151 away fans)

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