Defender Macaulay Gillesphey scored what can only be described as a screamer against Morecambe on Tuesday night when he rifled a cracker of a shot into the bottom corner to bring the Blues level for the second time on the night.
The game was his third consecutive appearance at left back, having taken over from Danny Grainger when he picked up a calf injury early in the home game against Crewe, and he admitted that the team captain was helping to keep him right as his gets his teeth back into the important left back role.
“I’ve enjoyed getting minutes under my belt while I’ve been filling in for Danny [Grainger],” he said. “I’m enjoying it at left back and I’m always learning, so it’s good. I’ve played there a few times now to be fair but, like I say, you’re always learning every day in this game.
“It helps that Danny is always on my case and making sure I’m doing the right things. He’s a great player, especially at left back, so he’s left me with big boots to fill.”
The victory made it three home wins in a row for the Cumbrians as they continue to look to make Brunton Park a fortress for the long season ahead.
“It’s always good to win at home,” he said. “It’s got us the points in the cup competition this time and we’re back to winning ways, which is what we wanted.
“There were some good moments for us in the match, but we know there were bad bits as well. It was mostly good from us and we had good spells on the ball with some decent passing.
“We went behind twice, which isn’t great, but we did well to get back in the game and then go on to get the win. The gaffer has said a few times that it’s important to win at home as much as possible, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
But what about the goal – his third for the club, and the first on his return to Carlisle as a permanent signing.
“It was set perfectly from Benno [Richie Bennett] and all I had to do was hit it,” he explained. “I had a little pop at it and fortunately it went in.
“I don’t really shoot too often so I just thought ‘why not’ and I had a go. I knew as soon as I hit it that it was going in. It sort of went out, then back in, but you could tell it was going the right way, and it was a great feeling when it hit the back of the net.”
“The most important thing is that it helped to get us the win, which I’m very happy about,” he insisted. “We want to try to get back to winning ways in the league now.
“Cambridge is another tough game and there are some familiar faces down there. I know big Jabo [Ibehre] will be a handful, but I’m looking forward to it.”
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