Newport County substitute George Nurse scored with the last kick of the match to consign Carlisle United to a cruel 1-0 defeat at Rodney Parade.

Nurse sent an unstoppable 25-yard shot past away goalkeeper Adam Collin in the 96th minute. The Blues had no time to respond and were left with nothing to show from what had, until then, been a solid afternoon's work in south Wales.

They had restricted Mike Flynn's high-flying side to very few chances and could easily have scored themselves, Jack Bridge, Hallam Hope and Jack Iredale having opportunities.

But the dramatic finale saw Steven Pressley's side drop two places to 18th in League Two.

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

Ste Alderson

What a huge kick in the teeth it was to concede a goal like that so late on, as this was possibly our best away performance under Pressley, and certainly, our best display for a good few weeks now.

The team selection was spot-on. It wasn’t a game to start Harry McKirdy in and the extra man in the centre of midfield [Jack Bridge] made a big difference.

It was a real shame Bridge couldn’t take his big chance in the first half.

We were the better team throughout, especially in the second half and we limited Newport to barely any openings.

Christie Elliott and Gethin Jones both had good games at the back and we really deserved at least a point.

Graham Watt

That result was hard to take - a defeat in the 96th minute.

After battling for so long against a well-organised Newport team, we looked to be escaping with a clean sheet and taking a point from a hard away trip. We didn’t offer much in the way of threats on goal, but neither did Newport.

But a long-range strike was all that it took to settle the match.

We would have been sitting in a considerably better place in the league table with a result.

We have a really tough game this weekend against high-flying Crewe. We have to win. United need to get a run going, starting on Saturday.

Craig Mattinson

This was the hardest of bitter pills to swallow - a stunning goal against us with the last kick of the game.

There were many positives, though, and without doubt, it was the best game each of our defenders individually and collectively have had all season.

No doubt, we deserved to win the game with lots of chances created, but a real lack of a cutting edge to finish off promising approach play, not aided at all by constant poor deliveries from set pieces, cost us.

Facing facts, though, we are 18th in a very poor League Two.

I have yet to really see one decent team this season and, if only we could get some consistency, climbing this league would not be difficult.

David MacLachlan

The irony of football is that results don’t always reflect the nature of a game.

It’s one of the reasons why football is the world’s most popular sport, as you can never be certain of the outcome. On this occasion, we got well and truly mugged.

We dominated one of the form teams in League Two, and not one of our players had a poor game.

It was probably our best team performance of the season, yet we have nothing to show for it.

My only gripe is our weak finishing. Newport’s wonder-strike would have been a footnote if we’d taken our chances.

Bruce Vander

I'm gutted for the players and gutted for the travelling support.

United were the better side for nearly all of the 96 minutes, and yet, have nothing to show for it. Football is cruel at times and Newport’s only chance, right at the end, was a bitter pill to swallow.

United will, hopefully, balance this out with a late win during the season, but that’s little comfort.

And, yes, there were far more positives than negatives to take from the game, such as the ever-improving back three and the remodelled five-man midfield.

Let’s hope United can use this performance as a catalyst to believe in themselves a bit more.

Michelle Hall

Carlisle's trip into Wales started well, with United looking more than a match for high-flying Newport.

However, a sucker-punch goal in the 96th minute gave Newport the win. It was clear from the Carlisle players’ body language after the goal just how much they’d wanted at least a share of the points.

Unfortunately, the Newport players chose to celebrate their last-gasp goal in front of the away fans, which incited ugly scenes between some fans and stewards.

The main positive for me was the improved performance by the Blues which, hopefully, means a change in fortunes is just around the corner.