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08 February 2022 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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PREVIEW: Port Vale on Tuesday night

A look ahead to our midweek opponents

8 February 2022

The busy run of fixtures continues at Brunton Park on Tuesday night with the visit of Port Vale.

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opposition

The Valiants have been around the play-off places all season but inconsistency has dogged them, as has been shown in their most recent run of results. 

One win, two draws and two defeats from their last five league outings is typical of their campaign, but they have quality and goals in a team that is also dynamic going forward.

Delays for bent posts included, it was a busy January at Vale Park with Leeds forward Ryan Edmondson first through the door on a half-season loan.

Another loan followed with Huddersfield striker Kian Harrett, and left back Chris Hussey also penned a deal when he left Cheltenham for an undisclosed fee.

Defender Connor Hall came in from Harrogate on a permanent deal, with Leon Legge heading out the opposite way. More loan dealings were concluded when Ipswich stopper Tomas Holy and Oxford forward Joel Cooper entered the building.

Another undisclosed fee was involved when Mansfield midfielder Harry Charsley agreed a move, and the final piece of business was done when defender Sammy Robinson left Manchester City to head to the Potteries.

Their Saturday afternoon mirrored ours, with wet weather putting the mallet to their Salford away day, so they head north feeling refreshed and ready to go again.

who watch

Striker James Wilson is a handful and he has seven goals and one assist from his 24 appearances so far.

He brings more than that to mix, though, with a real presence in the penalty area.

A definite threat, he's our Tuesday night one to watch.

Familiar faces in the squad include David Amoo and Jamie Proctor - it'll be good to see them again.

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Port Vale wins
League 14 10 10
League Cup 1 1 1
Cup 0 1 2
FA Cup 0 0 1
Total 15 12 14

These teams seem to like a 0-0 draw recently, and that's how it ended in August 2021 down at Vale Park.

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It was a tight encounter in Cumbria in April 2021 when both sides kept plugging away without quite managing to pick a way through.

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The trip to Port Vale in October 2020 brought a 1-0 away win for the Blues courtesy of a second half goal from Jon Mellish.

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These sides met just once in the 2019/20 season as the Covid-19 outbreak wiped out their April meeting here at Brunton Park.

Vale took the honours at their place in November 2019 as Dave Worrall and Mark Cullen cancelled out a first minute strike from Ryan Loft.

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The last meeting between these teams prior to that was in January 2019 when United put the 10-man Valiants to the sword courtesy of a late goal from striker Connor Simpson.

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We were at Brunton Park in August 2018 when the Blues secured a 2-1 home victory. Goals either side of the break from Danny Grainger and Tom Parkes gave United a comfortable cushion, but Luke Hannant had hearts fluttering when he bagged a Valiant consolation with just two minutes left on the clock.

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Back at Vale Park in March 2018 and second half goals from Ashley Nadesan and Hallam Hope handed the Blues a hard fought victory. Dior Angus had given the home side a first half lead, but Antony Kay was sent off for the hosts as tempers flared late in the game.

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The Blues had made heavy weather of the game earlier in that season, just before Christmas, when they allowed Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope to give the visitors an unexpected two-goal cushion. A late strike from Richie Bennett did little to prevent the away side from taking the spoils on the day.

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officials

Referee - Andrew Kitchen
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden
Observer - Brian Parry
Coach - Graham Laws

Our referee for this game is Mr Andrew Kitchen. He has been in charge of 20 games so far this season showing 55 yellow cards and two reds.

This is his first season on the EFL list and only the second time he has been the man in the middle for a Carlisle United fixture.

We met him in October 2021 for our home game against Tranmere. A Rod McDonald own goal separated the teams on the day, and Zach Clough went in the book for the Blues.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 3 Vale

Report from the Tuesday night home game

8 February 2022

United were back at Brunton Park on Tuesday night for the visit of Port Vale.

A hectic transfer deadline day and a weekend weather enforced postponement at Rochdale brought starting debuts for strikers Tobi Sho-Silva and Owen Windsor, with fellow new arrivals Jamie Devitt, Mitchell Roberts and Kristian Dennis on the bench.

Winger Brennan Dickenson missed out through injury, with Callum Guy, Rod McDonald, Jon Mellish and Joel Senior also being confirmed amongst those who currently require treatment.

Joe Riley and Danny Devine were back in the fold, with Jordan Gibson and Lewis Alessandra taking a place with the substitutes.

That made it a total of seven starting changes from the last outing, and a feeling of renewed hope amongst the Carlisle faithful.

It was a disastrous start for the Cumbrians as Vale took the lead with just 48 seconds on the clock when Joe Riley first controlled expertly, but then misplaced a pass which left James Wilson with time and options. He spread it wide to Worrall, and he wheeled away to celebrate when his shot took a deflection off Armer before nestling in the bottom corner at the Warwick Road End.

United looked for an immedite response and Patrick set off on a run down the left flank, leaving two in his wake. He angled inside the final challenge from Harratt but his 23-yarder struck a thigh and swirled wide.

The Blues came again with Devine in an advanced position and his neat clipped pass put Armer into space. A low cross had to be stopped by Hall before Sho-Silva could apply a touch.

Vale had a decent chance on 15 minutes when an arrowed ball to Hussey was nodded into the area. Wilson went for a first-time volley but Howard was well-placed to cope.

There was more defending for the home side to do as Hussey and Worrall probed, but Feeney was on hand to make the clearance.

And it was two of the new boys who combined to level the scores as Omotoye showed pace and strength to ghost past his marker. The cut back was delicate, and Owen Windsor hit the afterburners to make his way into the box. He left Holy with no chance as he fizzed it low and into the back of the net.

A patient move from the visitors saw Hussey and Wilson keep things alive as white shirts flooded the area. Edmondson spotted a gap but his thunderbolt hit Simeu and Howard dived low to save.

United had a sustained spell of pressure just before the half hour as they kept the ball well around the edge of the area. Sho-Silva and Devine had efforts blocked at source, and Windsor and Whelan were eventually cancelled out as they looked for a path down the wing.

Port Vale were a whisker away from regaining the lead when Worrall somehow picked Hussey out with a wicked cross. His firm header was angled at the far corner until a United head got just enough on it to divert it wide.

Howard had to go low to save with his legs as Wilson burst through in the next attack, and the keeper showed good hands when the same player tried his luck with an unexpected snapshot from distance. It threatened to creep beneath the bar until the big stopper intervened.

Carlisle kept the ball on the floor as they passed it from left to right just before the break, with a gradual movement from their own half to the edge of the box as they sneaked their way forward. Windsor went for it as he spun on a sixpence 24-yards out but the shot was just too high.

But it was Vale who celebrated again on 43 minutes when Hussey, Edmondson and Garrity linked up to bring the dangerous James Wilson into the equation. A bullet of a drive was palmed down by Howard, but the alert striker was on the move and he got a toe to the loose pieces to crash it into the roof of the net.

It was a scrappy start to the second period, as Vale looked to slow things down, but there was a scare for the Blues when Worrall swung a great set piece into the mix. Smith met it on the full but he guided it wide from just eight yards out.

Jamie Devitt came on to make his second debut for the club with 35 minutes of the game left to play, and Jordan Gibson was also sent on, with Omotoye and Devine the players to be replaced.

It looked for a moment that a pinpoint pass from Whelan had released Gibson as United worked hard to take control, but he lost his footing as he dropped a shoulder and Walker was able to recover.

There was a heart in the mouth moment for Walker after Whelan had once again put Gibson clean through. The wide man crossed early, and the centre back had no option but to put a head on it. He sighed with relief when it dropped over the target.

Vale crafted a good chance on 68 minutes when Garrity floated a whisper of a pass to Worrall. He guided it towards the penalty spot and Harratt was mobile to get on the end of it. His volley was parried by Howard, and he was disappointed as he sent the rebound into the side netting.

A misplaced pass in the centre of the park gave Garrity a clean run and he fed it forward for Edmondson to chase. Feeney did well to make a block, and he was up quickly to execute an important second challenge.

Windsor and Gibson worked a one-two as Vale defended deep, and that gave the young West Brom forward half a sight. He let fly but it was quickly blocked.

Kristian Dennis was on for his first appearance for the club with 12 minutes left to go, but there was a mountain to climb when another gift was presented to the away team. Joe Riley looked to pass inside, but it was underhit and on a plate for former Blue David Amoo, who immediately cushioned it before bearing down on the target to finish it off.

Wilson nodded wide from a Cooper delivery as the hosts struggled to recover, and Joel Cooper went close from a training ground corner routine which found the outside of the net.

Vale stifled the game through the closing stages and they saw it out to claim the points on what was a difficult night for the home team.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Windsor (21)

Port Vale - Worrall (1), Wilson (43), Amoo (81)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Howard, Riley, Feeney, Simeu, Armer, Windsor (Dennis 78), Devine (Devitt 56), Whelan (c), Patrick, Omotoye (Gibson 56), Sho-Silva. Subs - Norman, Alessandra, Fishburn, Roberts.

Port Vale - Holy, Walker, Hall, Smith, Worrall, Garrity, Wilson (Charsley 90), Hussey, Pett (c), Harratt (Amoo 68), Edmondson (Cooper 78). Subs - Stone (gk), Jones, Hurst, Robinson.

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Match officials

Referee - Andrew Kitchen
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden
Observer - Brian Parry
Coach - Graham Laws

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Attendance - 3,379 (240)

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