Carlisle United boss Chris Beech felt his side left Newport County no choice but to change things up in their 3-2 midweek win.

Gavin Reilly, Lewis Alessandra, and Joshua Kayode worked their socks off to deny Newport the space to pass out from the back as they like to do.

It meant the Welsh side were repeatedly forced to go long, allowing United’s midfield to regain possession and keep the pressure on.

Speaking after the game on Tuesday, Beech said: “They changed their tactics three or four times because they couldn’t deal with us.

“They couldn’t deal with us with or without the ball. It was a win we deserved, but we didn’t quite get there with the clean sheet on this occasion.

“I don’t think we gave up the goals, you’ve got to be respectful of your opponents and what they can do.

“It was just a case of good players landing on the ball when it dropped perfectly for the two lads who slotted them away. It just happened to be like that.

“It’s a shame because we could have scored more.”