Carlisle United earned a first win in six as they claimed a 2-1 home win over Swindon.

Fresh from having extended his Brunton Park stay for another season on Friday, Hallam Hope broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, but his strike was cancelled out by a free-kick from the Robins' Kyle Bennett.

But on-loan Aston Villa midfielder Callum O'Hare netted 11 minutes from time to earn the Blues the points that moved them back into the League Two play-offs.

United host Notts County tomorrow evening.

Here's what our Blues views thought of Saturday's match.

Ste Anderson

A much-needed win but still not the 90-minute performance we are looking for.

Similar to the MK Dons game, we played some great stuff in the first 25 minutes, and got our goal. As soon as they made the tactical change, we again looked out of ideas. But fair play to us for grinding it out. O’Hare was excellent and I think, now he’s got one goal, he will get more.

Regan Slater was my man-of-the-match, excellent throughout, and a big word for Kelvin Etuhu who really changed it when on. He gives us that physical presence we need.

Mark Cullen’s injury is a big blow, though, and we really struggle without the focal point he gives us.

Graham Watt

Finally a win and we so needed that. Yes, it wasn’t pretty and we didn’t look great at times.

But three points are all that mattered and we got them. We looked a bit disjointed and out of position at times, but we beat a good side who were breathing down our neck and we’re, thankfully, back in the play-off places.

We have a great opportunity to cement that position this week. We have bottom-of-the-league Notts County at home tomorrow and, hopefully, we can put the Carlisle United curse behind us and beat a team we should be beating comfortably. Saturday worrys me.

Craig Mattinson

Although overall a poor game, we actually started pretty well, looking the stronger, taking the lead and generally controlling the game.

However, Swindon’s tactical change and the injury to Cullen sent the team and the performance on a downward spiral.

We looked stale and devoid of ideas, with Swindon looking the stronger and, following their equaliser, the team more likely to score the winner.

Two real game changers, though, a superb save from Adam Collin and the introduction of Etuhu, and we were back on the front foot. A fine finish from O’ Hare gave us the victory.

David MacLachlan

It wasn’t great but we persevered and got that much-needed win.

We played well in patches and Hope’s deflected shot put us in front. Cullen’s injury seemed to knock our confidence and Gary Liddle’s rash challenge gave them a free-kick which they duly dispatched. The introduction of the surprisingly dropped Etuhu changed the game.

The impressive O’Hare saw more of the ball and his finish for the winner was superb.

It relieves the pressure on our likeable manager Steven Pressley, who, with what looks like a prayer book tucked under his arm, prowls the technical area like an anxious presbyterian minister.

Bruce Vander

Whether it was the “must-win” status that Blues boss Pressley had elevated the game to or possibly his changes to a singularly attacking midfield - for the second weekend in a row, Carlisle produced a distinctly off-form performance.

Happily on this occasion United prevailed, and the win, so desperately sought, was achieved. However, it wasn’t pretty or entertaining.

Pressley's search to find a blend with the new members of the squad is still a work in progress. His decision to start without an experienced holding midfielder almost backfired.

It was only when Etuhu entered the fray that United’s performance was more cohesive.

Michelle Hall

Sloppy, disjointed and scrappy - all words being used by Carlisle fans to describe the match as they left Brunton Park after the Swindon game, but three points were in the bag and we’re back in the play-off places.

Jamie Devitt’s return gave Mr Pressley a selection problem and Etuhu was dropped to the bench.

Carlisle started the better of the two teams but allowed Swindon back into the game. Etuhu was brought on early in the second half and Carlisle found a second wind.

The 80th minute saw O’Hare fire in his first professional goal. Tomorrow night should be an easier match, but this is Carlisle....