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Carlisle Utd midfielder: I would hate to be a Preston fan

Liam Noble insisted Carlisle United “battered” Preston despite last night’s blank - and claimed he would hate to be a North End fan.

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Liam Noble

The United midfielder said only one team was trying to win last night’s clash at Brunton Park, which saw the Blues go sixth in League One.

Graham Westley’s combative visitors clung on for a 0-0 draw in the derby tussle despite Carlisle dominating play.

And Noble said: “To be honest, the way they set up wasn’t the best. I wouldn’t want to be one of their fans, going to watch them every week. But if they want to play that way, it’s up to them.

“We couldn’t have done much more. We battered them. We just couldn’t score.”

Noble had a late chance to win it for Carlisle but saw his 88th-minute effort saved by inspired Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann. That came after Lee Miller had hit the post and Stuckmann stunningly denied James Berrett from the rebound, in front of a 6,975 Brunton Park crowd - the second highest home gate of the campaign.

Carlisle were frustrated in their search for a winner but Notts County’s 5-2 defeat to Sheffield United, and Stevenage’s goalless draw with Colchester, meant the Blues entered the play-off places with 10 games to go.

Former Sunderland schemer Noble, 20, added: “We would definitely have taken being in this position if you’d offered it at the start of the season. Hopefully by the end of the season we will still be there.

“We know we should have won, and I should have probably scored, but results went our way, which is good.

“I thought we were the fitter team. We kept on running and battling and nine times out of 10 we will win playing like that.

“Hopefully the fans will have gone home with happy faces and will tell their mates to come and watch us next weekend.”

Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson, who is from Preston, watched last night’s game from the director’s box.

United held a minute’s applause before the game in memory of legendary scout Jack Watson, who died recently at the age of 90.

The applause also allowed fans to pay tribute to Bolton player Fabrice Muamba, who is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham. Carlisle fans in the Warwick Road End broke into a spontaneous song of “Fabrice Muamba” during the applause.

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Battered us but goals win games, you scored as many as us, a big fat ZERO! Were happy with a draw away from home... We are rubbish at the minute so you should be worried you can't beat a poor team like us....

Posted by craig b on 22 March 2012 at 18:50

So because he's not a Premier League player (despite him joining us from Premier League Sunderland), he doesnt deserve an opinion?

Get real Pete, he'll be 100 times the footballer you are yet that doesnt mean you can't have your voice heard does it?

Posted by Mike Sansom on 22 March 2012 at 10:06

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