Carlisle United slump to defeat at Mansfield as goalless run continues

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Mansfield 2 Carlisle 0: Carlisle United slumped to defeat at Mansfield as they went a club record six straight league games without scoring.

Matt Green and Shaq Coulthirst were both on target in the second half as the Blues fell to sixth in the table.

United seldom looked like ending their drought, creating few chances on a day new signing Junior Joachim made his debut as a second-half sub.

The French forward, signed with the help of fans' crowdfunding money, came on in the 60th minute.

But just three minutes later the Stags opened the scoring when Green headed home a left-wing cross.

And United then fell further adrift when Coulthirst drilled home a low effort from the left of the box.

That was enough to send Keith Curle's side to a fifth defeat in six games in front of 561 fans, some of whom displayed banners against the club's board.

Messages including "Bored of the board" were written on the banners unfurled by some supporters in the away end, while there were also chants against co-owner John Nixon.

On the pitch, Tom Miller was forced off with an early injury while Mansfield had a goal disallowed in the first half.

Right-back Miller came off worst in a fifth-minute aerial challenge with Danny Rose which left both players in need of treatment.

A stoppage of several minutes then saw Miller led down the tunnel with an injured nose, Alex McQueen coming off the bench.

Rose was able to continue with his head bandaged, and later he came closest to opening the scoring in the first half.

But his stooping header in the 35th minute was ruled out for offside.

Mansfield had the better of the chances in the opening stages, Mark Gillespie making an early save from Coulthirst.

Mansfield captain Krystian Pearce was next in the wars, forced off with injury on 25 minutes after a collision with Jamie Proctor and a Stags team-mate.

Kyle Howkins replaced him, but United struggled to force many chances, Shaun Miller's lob onto the roof of the net a rare attempt.

Mansfield increased the pressure after the half-hour and after Rose's goal was chalked off, he then drew a fine stop from Gillespie with a volley.

For Carlisle, Jamie Proctor shot over from outside the box but the hosts remained the likelier scorers after the break, Rhys Bennett failing to convert a good 50th-minute chance.

Joachim, whose international clearance came through in time for him to feature, came on for Proctor, but Green then struck as he got above Danny Grainger to head home.

McQueen headed a Nicky Adams cross wide but the hosts then doubled their lead when Coulthirst fired home a low effort.

Joachim, John O'Sullivan and Shaun Miller all had late attempts but Carlisle rarely looked like finding a way to goal.

It is now 596 minutes since Carlisle last scored, and they are now six points adrift of the top three, and only in the play-off places by two points.

Michael Raynes was back in the United side after a calf injury, a move that saw Gary Liddle move into central midfield, though he later moved to right-back as Curle readjusted again.

Mansfield: Kean, White, Benning, Pearce (Howkins 31), Bennett, Whiteman, Byrom, MacDonald (Hamilton 70), Rose (Arquin 80), Coulthirst, Green. Not used: Shearer, Potter, Baxendale, McGuire.

United: Gillespie, T Miller (McQueen 9, O'Sullivan 72), Grainger, Raynes, Brisley, Liddle, Joyce, Adams, Lambe, S Miller, Proctor (Joachim 60). Not used: Crocombe, Ward, Hooper, Waring.

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mark   allinson , Carlisle Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 at 12:40AM
What did I say a few weeks ago after selling our top goal scorer to Bradford we would drop points and start sliding down the table while the player Carlisle sold is still scoring goals for his new team I said he will score about 30 and there is still a few games left for him to hit 30 or more goals this season I think a few fans will agree what I said a few weeks ago now and I still stand by it as its been happening since I first said it we will drop down the league when will they start to listen to the fans keep our best players not sell them if you want promotion
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Mary   Johnstone , Kirkoswald Saturday, 18 March, 2017 at 7:39PM
What an appalling slump in form. The players seem devoid of confidence and lacking in mental strength, and whatever the coaching staff have tried to rectify it clearly hasn't worked. A very bleak time for the club at the moment.
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