It was great to see Carlisle United claim a much-needed home win against League Two strugglers Oldham.

Olufela Olomola’s third-minute effort gave Steven Pressley’s Blues the best possible start but I think, what disappointed me, was that Olomola seemed to be the only player playing with any confidence at Brunton Park.

I love watching Nathan Thomas when he is at his best. When he attacks opposition players with the ball, he always looks as though he is going to create chances.

After getting the early goal, I thought it would become the type of game on Saturday, where the likes of Thomas and Harry McKirdy would really find their form.

But, despite holding a 1-0 lead at home, it was only 22-year-old Olomola who seemed to be playing with much confidence.

I suppose, given where both United and the Latics are in the league, we probably should not have been expecting a classic. But Carlisle just don’t seem to be really taking control of games at the moment, especially at home.

As fans, when the Blues score early, we are thinking: “Is today the day when someone gets a good hiding off us?”. But, within five to 10 minutes, United were the team who were defending, trying to hold on to the lead.

This isn’t a problem which just Pressley has had while in charge of the Blues. John Sheridan struggled to really find form at home between last September and December, too.

When the home team scores early, you expect them to capitalise. But, for some reason, the Cumbrians seem to be doing the opposite – instead of capitalising they are losing that initiative for some reason.

On a more positive note, however, Carlisle did put in an improved defensive display.

You cannot argue with a clean sheet but, a lot of the time, United seem to be playing with a back five. That’s great when you are under pressure but I think where Carlisle are breaking down at the moment is, when they get possession, they are struggling to transfer defence into attack, and get up into the opposition’s half.

Once Pressley’s players break out of defence, there seems to be a 20-yard or a 30-yard gap to Olomola up front.

But a win is a win, and the victory over Oldham means United are only four points outside the play-offs, and have opened up a nine-point gap above basement boys Stevenage.

When I got home at the weekend and saw some of the other results, leaders Exeter losing 3-1 against Grimsby for example, it shows how unpredictable the league is.

Next up for Carlisle is a trip to Newport County tomorrow, and I expect this will be a tough test against a good side.

Fair play to the Exiles, who pulled off an astonishing relegation escape at the end of their 2016/17 season and seem to have gone from strength-to-strength since.

The way they have bounced back just goes to show how League Two is. You can go from almost going into non-league to fighting for promotion extremely quickly.

I would also like to congratulate Workington Reds who sit top of BetVictor’s NPL North West Division. Fair play to their players and to boss Danny Grainger.