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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Greg Abbott proud of Carlisle Utd players after six-goal thriller at Preston

Greg Abbott insisted he was proud of his players and Carlisle United’s fans after the “phenomenal” six-goal thriller at Preston.

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Greg Abbott

The Blues manager refused to be downhearted after North End’s Jamie Douglas snatched a point for the hosts with a 92nd minute strike. The substitute’s late tap-in ended a remarkable Boxing Day derby clash in front of 17,580 fans – including around 4,500 Carlisle supporters.

The late drama cost United the victory that would have taken them into the play-off places.

But Abbott said: “It was a game that looked like it might have a sting in the tail.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the fourth when we had a couple of half-chances, and then Preston got a good well-worked third at the end.

“It was a phenomenal game. If you are a neutral, you would be buying a season ticket to watch us at the moment.

“The honesty shown by the players was fantastic. I was so proud to be part of it and I was so proud to be on the touchline today for our fans.”

Carlisle’s first game at Deepdale for 13 years saw Lee Miller convert a penalty before Iain Hume and Paul Parry replied for the Lilywhites.

The impressive Francois Zoko then levelled deep into first-half injury-time, and James Berrett’s deflected shot put the Blues on track for a memorable victory until Douglas struck at the death.

It left United eighth, a point behind sixth-placed Stevenage who leapt into the top six after a remarkable 6-1 win at John Ward’s Colchester.

Abbott – who described Zoko as “unplayable” – added: “At the moment we are feeling like a really tight football club, which is really important if we want to go anywhere.

“Take the last two minutes out of it and we more than competed against a big football club. I’m going to be biased and say we played the better football and if either side deserved to win, it was us.”

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