Notts County 2 Carlisle 0
Last updated at 16:54, Saturday, 03 March 2012
Carlisle United's play-off hopes suffered a blow at Meadow Lane as rivals Notts County struck twice in six first-half minutes.
Jonathan Forte and Alan Sheehan ensured a third straight away defeat for the Cumbrians, who have not scored on their travels in 2012.
Loan striker Forte broke the deadlock when he rose at the back post to head home Alan Judge's cross in the 33rd minute at Meadow Lane.
Five minutes later, left-back Sheehan curled home a superb free-kick after Forte had been upended by the recalled Lubo Michalik.
United were unable to force their way back into the contest, with Paddy Madden squandering a good chance early in the second half.
But home keeper Stuart Nelson was otherwise a spectator as Keith Curle's men won their fourth game on the spin to go three points ahead of the Cumbrians in League One.
Forte's early bicycle kick and then an off-target Madden attempt were as good as it got in the early stages, with Neal Bishop then testing Adam Collin from distance.
United were enjoying decent spells on the ball and from one of three corners, Lee Miller had a header cleared off the line by Jeff Hughes.
An even contest then tipped County's way as Forte and Sheehan scored, with Madden unable to reduce the arrears with a volley before the break.
The Irish forward then scuffed a James Berrett cross when perfectly placed in front of goal in the opening seconds of the second period.
Carlisle then struggled to make much headway, with Peter Murphy's saved free-kick a rare opportunity, and JP McGovern unable to hit the target in the closing moments.
Forte and Bencherif went close to making it three for Curle's side, who are now sixth in League One as Carlisle stay eighth - three points outside the play-off places.
Michalik, dropped against Yeovil last weekend, came in for Danny Livesey, who was sidelined with bruised ribs.
Chris Chantler, meanwhile, made his second start of the season at left-back, replacing Ben Parker after the Leeds man's loan ended.
Notts County: Nelson, Freeman, Sheehan, Edwards, Chilvers, Bencherif, Bishop (c), J Hughes, Judge, Forte, Burgess. Subs: Burch, Demontagnac, Harley, Mahon, Stewart.
Carlisle: Collin, Simek, Chantler, Michalik, Murphy, Taiwo, Berrett, McGovern, Zoko, Madden, Miller. Subs: Gillespie, Welsh, Cook, Noble, O'Halloran.
First published at 14:08, Saturday, 03 March 2012
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I think this result was the true reality check if that was ever needed that we are truly short of competing and being a realistic play off candidate. With such a negative goal difference we are so far behind the teams above us and have conceded far too many soft goals thank there is now fare too much ground to make up on and our performances recently suggest we will be nothing more than a mid table team this season. I genuinely believed despite some huge defeats that we had something different to offer this term but now concede we are sadly well short. Between now and the end of the season I expect a mixed bag of results with some unexpected wins and battling performances and the usual struggle against teams at the bottom and this inconsistency has already cost us this season.
I don't think sacking Greg is the answer as who would we realistically get and be able to afford? Consistency has always been a problem - the fact we have not been able to win 3 games in succesion under Greg tells you all you need to know. He also makes some strange decisions - bringing Parker in and playing for 4/5 games and then letting him go? why bring him in? Extending Cook's loan deal and then not playing him? However O'Halloran should have been picked instead of Lubo as there is a problem there.I hope we can finsih in the play off's but we must start winning away from home again and stop making defensive errors.Come in the blues - let's support them and see what happens in May?
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