Olufela Olomola's third-minute strike proved to be enough for Carlisle United who earned their first home win since the opening day, as they beat Oldham 1-0.

The loan striker scored his fifth of the season, and United saw it through for a clean sheet and three crucial points at Brunton Park.

The Blues struck after referee Marc Edwards turned down the visitors' claims for a free-kick in midfield. Nathan Thomas pounced on the ball before Harry McKirdy drove into the box, Olomola then receiving his lay-off and drilling home.

And that goal proved to be the only one of the game, with United now sitting 16th in League Two after their success over Dino Maamria's side.

Here's what our Blues views thought of Saturday's performance from Carlisle.

Ste Anderson

Well thank goodness for the result because, let’s be honest, that was a pretty diabolical spectacle.

Two pretty hopeless sides and barely a chance created all game. Credit to Olomola, who has been an excellent addition, for a really well-taken goal.

Five at the back at home is never going to appease many, but we have to credit manager Steven Pressley for making us harder to score against - two straight home clean sheets.

But it has, seemingly, come at a cost of any semblance of attacking football, and we can barely pass it five yards. Harry McKirdy and Thomas were outstanding at the start of the season, but can now barely get a kick.

Graham Watt

Well, a win is a win, and it's three points on the board against a team that was right behind us in the table.

As I said last week, I don’t care how well we play at the moment, as long as we win and show we want it.

Yes, the passing was poor, and the first half alone was void of any real quality. But we kept a clean sheet and didn’t allow them into the game, even though Oldham threatened at points.

We have a long long trip to South Wales next to play a Newport County team that sits in the play-offs.

If we can come away with a point, we can start to build on that and, slowly, get ourselves away from danger and start looking up the table.

Craig Mattinson

From a neutral’s point-of-view, this will have been a tough game to watch with not a lot of quality from either side.

However, the positives for us were three points, a clean sheet and an overall better performance from the back-four, with Jack Iredale the star man for me, producing his best display of the season.

Up top, there was another winning goal from Olomola. I do feel his contribution could be even greater if he didn’t drop so deep into midfield, which in turn, leaves our other forwards very isolated.

We now face a run of games against what look like the stronger teams in the division, and we really need to build on this win.

David MacLachlan

I was late getting into the ground, so I missed the only goal of the game.

The match itself was one to forget, particularly the first half as the poor standard of football on show, from both sides, exemplified League Two.

Still, it’s our first win at home since the opening day, and we just about deserved it.

Thomas’ mind seemed to be elsewhere, so it came as no surprise when he was replaced at half-time. I noticed man-of-the-match Olomola quite rightly berating his team-mates for a lack of support.

I think we probably missed the suspended Jack Bridge.

Bruce Vander

It's not often you leave Brunton Park having won and felt more concerned than happy.

Pressley’s fervent belief in quoting statistics on distribution and whatever else may please some doesn't do it for me because football isn’t all about statistics. It’s about goals, excitement, chances, individual brilliance, collective commitment, formations, tackles and energy.

In these areas of the game, Carlisle were less than impressive in most categories.

Yes, when going forward, United are a handful and, if the team could string more than three passes together, they would be a danger on a regular basis. But, they don’t or can’t, and that is a big problem.

Michelle Hall

Love it or hate it, Tuesday night saw Carlisle United play Wolves' Under-21s in the first game of this year’s Leasing.com Trophy.

To sum the match up, the weather was dreary, as was the performance and the result as United lost 4-2.

Saturday saw Oldham visit Brunton Park. An early goal in the third minute from Olomola gave the Cumbrians the lead, and the home fans some hope for a positive result.

Carlisle then returned to their usual recent form as Oldham battled for a share of the points. The main feeling at the final whistle was frustration, after messy passes and chances not taken.

A win is a win, though, and earned Carlisle United three more points.