Chris Beech saw Carlisle United extend their unbeaten run to five games but insisted: We should still have more.

The head coach felt the Blues got what they deserved from the 1-1 draw at Grimsby.

But Beech said United must continue to demand better standards as they bid to keep up their positive start to the League Two season.

They are seventh in the table having benefited from a bizarre James McKeown own-goal at Blundell Park after Mattie Pollock’s opener.

United failed to take full advantage with three points and Beech admitted they had not performed as well as in recent weeks.

“To get another point on the board is tremendous, it really is, but - without getting greedy – we feel we deserve more points than the tally we’ve had from the performances," he said.

“We didn’t get to those heights of quality on Saturday for many different reasons.”

Beech felt United had not created enough clear-cut chances in a game played in blustery conditions.

Carlisle had spells of pressure and forced a number of set-piece opportunities but were short of inspiration.

He said: “There was a lot of honesty on the pitch, and the lads had resolve, but not a lot of quality.

“The conditions were difficult [but our] unforced errors…they were very high. If a lad bring the ball down, he makes a mistake. Clearing it down the line – out for a throw.

“It’s better than missing the ball, not making the ball, not being positive, but not good enough to our standards recently.”

Beech, though, felt United were due the sort of good fortune they received when Mariners keeper McKeown inadvertently turned a Luke Waterfall backpass into his own net in the 46th minute.

“We got a gimme, but we’ve earned that in the first eight league fixtures. We’ve not had that for us [before]," he said.

“I feel injustice for Grimsby, it’s their turn to give it us, but no injustice in us taking advantage of that.”

On Carlisle’s inability to put Grimsby to the sword in other spells, meanwhile, Beech said: “I think the game became open, especially the last 25 minutes, it suited us more – there was more space, the lads got used to the conditions, there were fewer slips from us, and more definite passes to Gime Toure, who was getting the other side of his man, taking people on.

“Jon Mellish was making runs, we had the long throw, half-shots but never had the clear cut ‘there you go’ – and when it did come, JJ [Kayode] took it off the toe of Gavin Reilly.”

On Carlisle’s glut of set-pieces, Beech said: “In the first 20 minutes, I felt like running on and heading it in, because it was there to be scored.

“We got the first contact but didn’t have the aggression on the second contact. We’ve had that even in games we’ve lost – Fleetwood, Cambridge – but here we didn’t have it to say ‘go on then’ and stick the ball in the net.”

United were, though, defensively solid enough to make it an unbeaten week on the road following a similar result at Oldham last Tuesday, with the Cumbrians now preparing to return to Brunton Park against Morecambe this Tuesday night.

Beech added: “What I was pleased with, in the physicality of a battle, was that when Grimsby did get down the sides, Rod McDonald and Aaron Hayden did very well in dealing with one-v-ones, using their bodies and arms, not being ill-disciplined and giving penalties away, and things like that.

“They saw it off, got a goal-kick out of situations, made the attackers turn around and come back out which allows you to squeeze out and stop the cross, so when James Hanson’s heading it he’s 20 yards from goal instead of six. They did that really well.”