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Carlisle Utd suffer their first defeat of the season

AFC Bournemouth 2 Carlisle United 0: They were still searching for Bournemouth’s “soft underbelly” when they turned the lights out at Dean Court two days ago.

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Read your report with great intrest.Seemed very thorough having worked on newspapers for 40 years and covered many hundreds of football matches as a photographer very inpressed with the fair report.Did not attend the match but read a number of reports on the match .I am gong to the AFCB match against Exeter on Tuesday with nmy son. I hope you win Tuesday night... Wish Carlise luck in the future and hope we both might go up.

Posted by gordon agg-Jones on 27 September 2010 at 16:42

Let's not get too disheartened! A win at Hartlepool tomorrow and Saturday's defeat will be a distant memory.

Posted by stephen Dent on 27 September 2010 at 15:47

I thought that you looked fairly well set for a draw but when AFCB changed to 4-4-2 and played through the midfield to our wingers, the win was never really in doubt. your big cumbersome Centre Half( Michalik?) was Ok when facing forward but was constantly pulled out of position when turned by quick, nimble strikers.
Zoko was your only real threat so it was good to see him replaced. The much hyped Madine was pocketed by our Centre Backs all afternoon.
Mr Abbot was out- thought by a younger,inspiring manager who found where the real "soft underbelly" was.
good luck for the rest of the season.

Posted by martin Mullins on 27 September 2010 at 15:23

It's not the Fitness First stadium it is DEAN COURT, sponsored by classic eyes opticians. Please get our ground name right - it's really not that hard *sigh*

Posted by BMB on 27 September 2010 at 15:08

relegation scrap?? your having a laugh right, jesus one loss and everyone turns into a pessimist. Ye we all know we need better forwards but losing 1 game in 8 isnt that bad. We havent scored a lot but we havent conceded a lot either

Posted by Danny on 26 September 2010 at 20:58

The commentators on Radio Cumbria said, after Zoko had been taken off, that the club was looking to Madine to net some goals. Regrettably Madine's ability seems to be centred round heading long balls onto the other forwards. A clinical goal scoring finisher he is not. It may be a long wait to see him develop into a goal scorer of any note.

Posted by dlh on 26 September 2010 at 19:54

the diamond formation is clearly not working when we have drew 4 and won 3, its all good being unbeaten but you need more wins than draws because at the end of the season when carlisle are in a relaagtion scrap or just missing of the play offs you will se then. and also why did greg think oh i will take zoko off who is trying hard and passionate about his football and looked more likely to score than anyone else in the whole 1st team, he should have took madine off who when got the ball wasted it. greg sort your subs out in the second half, and also other managers are starting to read your new diamond formation greg needs to chang

Posted by luke on 26 September 2010 at 19:05

I don't know why Greg took ZOKO off and left Madine on, Madine was a spare part on the pitch yesterday, at least Zoko was trying and the only one of the two to have a shot. Robson and Collin were the only two of the team showing some fight and enthusiasm!

Posted by rt on 26 September 2010 at 12:33

Carlisle scored 4 goals against MK Dons and 2 against Brentford. The other six matches have resulted in Carlisle scoring 2 goals only. The last 4 games Carlisle have scored a single goal. We have so many forwards on our books now, that we can release one to Barrow, and leave Bowman and Price on the side lines. Last season Price scored 4 goals in his 8 games but isn't given a start. Greg is now assessing 2 more strikers, one from Newcastle and one from Ilkeston.
Greg still seems scared to make serious changes or alter the teams formation during a game. This diamond formation without the use of wingers was good to begin with but Greg needs to change this pattern from time to time and give the rest of his first team squad a chance. Rotate the squad and rotate the team a bit more. Other managers are starting to read Gregs tactics.

Posted by David on 26 September 2010 at 12:12

How is Hartlepool a derby clash? I mean, come on, it's hardly local. Haha

Posted by JB on 26 September 2010 at 10:56

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