Jordan Gibson has earned praise from manager Keith Millen for his good display in Carlisle United’s defeat to Exeter City.

Gibson was the Blues’ most dangerous player and was rewarded with a late goal in the 2-1 defeat.

It was not enough to salvage something from the game for the second-bottom Cumbrians.

But the attacking midfielder’s positive performance saw him come out of the game with credit.

Manager Millen said he was impressed with what he saw from the former Sligo Rovers and Bradford City man.

“He was dangerous, and that’s why I wanted to push him forward more,” Millen said.

“When you’re defending like we were [in the second half, after Jon Mellish’s red card] you need someone who’ll run you up the pitch.

“He’s brilliant at it. I felt every time he got the ball something was going to happen, which is good.

“He also scored our goal which will give him more confidence.”

Gibson has made 13 appearances since his move to Brunton Park the day before the transfer deadline.

His goal at St James’ Park was his third in a blue shirt after previous efforts against Scunthorpe in the league and Morecambe in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The 23-year-old converted a Brennan Dickenson cross to give United late hope in Devon.

Gibson will now try to inspire United to a much-needed victory against Harrogate Town tonight.