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PREVIEW: Saddlers up next this weekend

Walsall head up the M6

25 November 2021

The second League Two home fixture of the week brings Walsall to Brunton Park.

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We're using this section of the website to highlight what we think is an excellent piece of work from Brendan Kiernan, who is using the experience of his own release at the age of 16 by Crystal Palace as an example to young players that 'rejection' does not mean the end.

With football often under the spotlight for the lack of after-care for players who have been let go, Kiernan, who is training to be a counsellor when not playing for the Saddlers, is looking to change that by speaking out and helping where he can.

"All I ever wanted was to be a professional footballer and it felt like I had hit a dead end when I was told it wasn't happening at such a young age," he said recently. "I've read reports of a young player being found dead after being let go.

"As someone who has been rejected by several clubs, that had a big impact on me, and I want lads to know that when they don't get through, they still have plenty to offer.

"Every young player wants to make it, and it hurts when they're told to move on. That's why I want to play my part by mentoring those who are facing a really tough challenge, having just had their dreams shattered."

opposition

Two draws and two wins from four league away games in October shows that the Saddlers provide tough opposition on the road.

Their only league fixture off their own patch so far this month was at Port Vale on Tuesday night. And their impressive run on the road continued with a solitary goal - bagged in the second half by that man Kiernan - enough to sink the high-flying Valiants.

Hovering around mid-table, they've only lost one of their last six league games, but are on record as wanting to turn draws into wins, as they did in midweek, to back up their current decent run.

who watch

George Miller has seven goals and a shot accuracy of 60%. Finding the target seems to be something he does and, this season, he's also finding the back of the net.

Good in possession he provides a real outlet, and he likes to be angling towards the area as soon as an attacking move develops.

He's our one to keep an eye out for on Saturday.

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Walsall wins
League 18 19 21
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 19 19 23

Carlisle rounded off the 2020/21 season with a home game against Walsall and it was a very tight 0-0 draw which brought the curtains down on the campaign.

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United were first-footers at the Bescot in January 2021 and they recorded a comfortable away win courtesy of goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode.

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Carlisle and Walsall met at the end of January in 2020 and they recorded a second consecutive 2-1 victory with Nick Anderton and Ryan Loft putting the hosts two goals to the good in the first half. Mat Sadler pegged one back, but United held on to claim the points.

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United were at the Bescot Stadium for the 2019 festive period - just two days before the turn of the year. Winger Nathan Thomas gave the Blues the lead just after the break, but the home side drew level when Elijah Adebayo netted with 20 minutes left to play. James Clarke was given his marching orders for a tug on Harry McKirdy, and the Cumbrians increased the pressure until they got their match winning strike.

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The April 2014 encounter at Brunton Park was a tense affair. It appeared that an early opening goal from Liam Noble was going to do the trick for the Cumbrians but Michael Ngoo struck late to make it a share of the spoils.

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We were at the Bescot in December 2013 earlier in that campaign and, having hit the woodwork and missed a penalty, the game was lost courtesy of strikes for the home side from Romaine Sawyers and Milan Lalkovic.

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officials

Referee - Scott Oldham
Assistant Referee 1 - Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee 2 - Joe Simpson
Fourth Official - Matthew Dicicco
Observer - Roy Pearson

Scott OldhamThe referee for this game is Mr Scott Oldham. Scott has taken charge of 19 games so far this season and has shown 51 yellow cards and two reds.

He was at Brunton Park in February 2021 for what was an action packed game with Tranmere. Josh Kayode and Nick Anderton scored in the first half for United, with Kayne Woolery and James Vaughan doing the same for the visitors. No quarter was given in the second period, but it was the away side who took the points when Vaughan struck again with just two minutes left to play. There were no Carlisle names taken on the night.

He was with us in November 2020 for our FA Cup second round game against Doncaster Rovers. Ben Whiteman put the visitors two goals to the good before half time, but Jon Mellish kept things interesting when he gave United hope with 12 minutes to go. Donny saw it out to win 2-1. Josh kayode was the only booking of the afternoon.

We also met Mr Oldham in October 2019 for our home defeat at the hands of Northampton. Two second half goals left the Blues with nothing to show from what had been a dour game, but there were no United names taken on the day.

He was also here at Brunton Park for our home game against Crawley Town during the 2018/19 season. The Blues romped to a four-goal lead courtesy of Nathan Thomas (2), Callum O'Hare and Hallam Hope, but the Red Devils pulled two back either side of the break to make things slightly more interesting. There were no Carlisle names taken on the day.

Prior to that he was our man in the middle for our 2-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons. Early second half goals for Jordan Houghton and Kieran Agard were followed by bookings for Regan Slater and Macaulay Gillesphey.

Earlier that season he was here at Brunton Park for the game against Stevenage in September. A Ben Kennedy goal early in the second half was enough to give the Boro a one-goal victory, and Hallam Hope's was the only Carlisle name taken on the day.

He was at Brunton Park on three occasions during the 2017/18 campaign, the first in September when we drew 1-1 with Barnet. Shaun Miller scored our late equaliser, with just five minutes left to play, and it was a game where the notebook stayed firmly in the pocket.

We saw him again at the end of December when Coventry were the visitors to Carlisle. Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt went in the book as Marc McNulty bagged a second half winner.

His last trip to see us in the last campaign was for our 2-0 victory over Grimsby. Hallam Hope and Mark Ellis scored the goals and Clint Hill was the only yellow card shown on the day.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 0 Walsall

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

27 November 2021

It was a second home game of a run of four for the Blues with Walsall the visitors to Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Keith Millen made four changes from the Tuesday night match against Harrogate with Jack Armer and Joe Riley back from short-term injury concerns to take their place amongst the starters. 

Teenager Sam Fishburn made his first league start, with Morgan Feeney recalled at the heart of the back line.

Tristan Abrahams, Zach Clough and Danny Devine dropped to the bench, with Brennan Dickenson missing out through injury.

Weather conditions leading into match day were nothing short of horrendous, as Storm Arwen battered the country and travel to Carlisle was hazardous, with many public transport services suspended or completely cancelled.

Brunton Park wasn't completely unscathed, with advertising boards and pitchside graphics dislodged, and the eye-catching fan-produced mural was also ripped from its mountings, opposite the Blues Store at the entrance to the ground.

With the blustery conditions in mind the home side were made to kick towards the Warwick for the first 45 minutes, and the Saddlers fashioned the first chance of the day inside the first minute when Wilkinson got his head down to run at the box. It eventually broke for Khan to strike, but his 17-yard snapshot whipped just past the upright.

On five minutes a deep free kick from Menayese was cleared as far as Wilkinson, and he pulled to an angle before thundering a shot at the target. Howard stood his ground to beat it away.

Rushworth was made to stretch to catch when Guy popped a free kick high into the area at the other end, and a follow-up cross from the Carlisle captain was guided behind by Monthe before Fishburn could get a touch.

Another testing Guy free kick brought a second corner, but it bent wickedly and Rushworth was able to gather it beneath his bar.

The Cumbrians kept the ball well as they probed and probed, and they almost nicked a goal on 26 minutes when a stumble from Ward gifted it to Riley in the centre circle. He tried his luck with a long-range effort but it dipped just too late as Rushworth scrambled back, relieved as he was unable to do anything about it.

A home break sparked by Guy, when he took over from Young on the halfway line, saw the midfielder sprint onwards with Gibson in support. The wide man took over as he angled a run into the box, and Rushworth was well beaten when a clever shot was stabbed through a gaggle of legs. The crowd was ready to cheer until it struck the base of the post and bobbled away to safety.

Tenacity from Young moments later saw him come out of a challenge with the ball at his feet. He fed it to Armer, but the delivery on the run sailed over the bar.

It was a good spell for the home side and Guy sent a free kick from close to the corner flag into the mix. It came to Fishburn, 14-yards out, and his first touch set up the chance to volley. He lost his balance and Monthe was able to swipe it clear.

Substitute Taylor Charters was bundled over dead central, 22-yards out, just before the break but the drive from Gibson was always too high.

The last chance of the half came in the sixth minute of time added when Labadie nodded an inswinger from Khan wide of the nets.

Good work from Kelvin Mellor saw him beat his man and cross at the start of the second period, but Rushworth was off his line to claim it. 

Gibson was next to deliver, when he overlapped, but Monthe stuck out a boot to get it away. United came again when Fishburn showed strength to keep his marker at bay. His pass to Young was blocked, but the Villa loanee battled to win it back. His shot on the spin was charged down.

A surge from Guy took him from his own half to the edge of the area, but he pulled his attempt wide when he let fly.

Howard had to protect his front stick when Miller unleashed a stinging volley on the bounce as both sides worked hard, and the keeper did well to get both hands to it.

Away captain Joss Labadie kept one low as things remained tight, but Howard watched it and the defending was done.

Carlisle responded with a powerful run from Guy which took him past two. Gibson took over, and Charters was suddenly in space. He had to hurry his effort as Menayese closed him down and it ripped over the bar.

Rushworth showed good hands when a Gibson thumper skipped off the greasy surface just in front of him. Fishburn was waiting for any kind of a spill.

It became a game of few clear-cut chances and Miller sent a 14-yard header wide after Ward had popped a fizzed cross into the mix, following what had been a scrappy period.

Osadebe was a whisker away from finding a finish for the Saddlers on 79 minutes when he came out of a tackle with room to shoot. It had power but it rose sharply and bent just over.

Howard showed safe hands from a late free kick attempt from Wilkinson, but it was Carlisle who raised the roof when Abrahams finished off at close range when McDonald floated a touch from a deep free kick back into the area. The striker timed the run to perfection and left Rushworth with no chance.

Phillips hit the bar with a cross that turned into a shot in time added on, but the home crowd were noisy and they cheered every tackle and touch as they roared their side on to victory.

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Associate match sponsor - Stanwix Park

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Match ball sponsor - The Crescent Bar

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Goals

Carlisle United - Abrahams (88)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Guy (70), Armer (75)

Walsall - Menayese (88)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Howard, Mellor, Feeney, McDonald, Armer, Riley (Charters 37), Whelan, Guy (c), Gibson, Fishburn (Mampala 85), Young (Abrahams 63). Subs - Simons (gk), Devine, Dinzeyi, Clough.

Walsall - Rushworth, White, Ward, Labadie (c), Monthe, Wilkinson, Osadebe, Miller, Earing, Khan (Phillips 65), Menayese. Subs - Rose (gk), Taylor, Kinsella, Leak, Perry, Shade.

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Match officials

Referee - Scott Oldham
Assistant Referee 1 - Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee 2 - Joe Simpson
Fourth Official - Simon Clayton (late switch from Matthew Dicicco)
Observer - Roy Pearson

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Attendance - 3,795 (293)

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