Jack Iredale netted his first goal for Carlisle to end United's run of defeats at Leyton Orient.

The left-back, 23, struck in the 48th minute to cancel out Josh Wright's early penalty.

It was former Morton man Iredale's first goal in English football and it featured in a much-improved second-half display by the Cumbrians who had lost four straight league matches before the weekend.

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

Ste Alderson

Are 45-minute performances enough to save a manager's job?

On the face of it, it’s a decent point and, yes, in the second half, we played well, well enough to win the game with some decent chances wasted late on.

But that doesn’t tell the full story. A baffling team selection - Jack Bridge picked over Stefan Scougall? Two wingers up front with three strikers on the bench?

That was followed by a dreadful first-half showing, after which, I think every one of that superb away following thought the writing was on the wall for Pressley.

He can’t take the credit for making the changes in my opinion, because they were blatantly obvious in the first place.

Graham Watt

Finally, the run of defeats is ended and we were very unlucky not to take all three points.

We have had a really bad time recently with some poor tactics and performances and, after the first 45 minutes on Saturday, another defeat looked to be on the cards. A very weak penalty decision gave Orient the opening goal and it looked like the same old story.

But a great decision by Pressley to switch to 4-3-3 in the second half opened the game up to our advantage. Harry McKirdy got really involved and looked the most likely United player to open Orient up.

We have to take heart from that draw, and play like that for 90 minutes on Saturday at home to Macclesfield. I hope we have the aggression to kick on.

Craig Mattinson

At 2pm on Saturday, when I read the team, an instant feeling of dismay came into my head.

It was a game we desperately needed to win, and we were approaching it with no recognised forwards - it seemed crazy! I was proved right in an awful first half for us.

Time after time, we were opened down the flanks. At half-time, being 3-0 down would have been a fair reflection - we offered nothing.

Credit where’s it due, though. The change at half-time galvanised us and, from looking like a bunch of misfits, we transformed into a team that should have won the game.

For 552 fans to make the trip to east London was simply phenomenal, as well.

David MacLachlan

After witnessing the dreadful second-half display against Northampton, I thought this had to be the end for manager Pressley. Apparently not.

It seems to me that the ambition of the owners is to finish 23rd, and thus avoid the dreaded drop into the National League.

Our promotion dream appears to be dead in October.

We started this game at Orient where we left off last Tuesday night against Keith Curle's Northampton and should have been buried by half-time. However, the manager, Pressley, made a change at half-time and we were much better in the second half.

A point puts an end to the run of League Two defeats, but this is now a season to endure rather than enjoy.

Bruce Vander

Is there a bright light glinting at the end of the tunnel? Has a corner been turned?

Pressley’s repetition that there is a long-term plan continues to suggest there is a place at which we will eventually arrive - but when?

If it’s based on Pressley's tactical awareness, it certainly wasn’t on show in his choice of a starting line-up. Another disjointed 45 minutes ended, thankfully, only one down.

However, come the second half, the entrance of a centre-forward and a better-shaped back three, and United were at it.

A point gained could have been three if McKirdy had spotted Thomas. Is this is the end of the beginning?

Michelle Hall

Many fans were predicting another defeat on Saturday that would probably have seen Mr Pressley packing his bags and departing Carlisle United.

However, the boys in blue (or mint green) dug deep and managed to get a draw, and a much-needed point at Leyton Orient.

Many commentators are trying to pinpoint what the problem is with the team. Whatever it is, let’s hope it can be sorted quickly.

A league position at Christmas is usually a good indicator as to where a team will finish the season.

Carlisle need some good results now to drag themselves up the table, away from the fight at the bottom of the table.