Boss Ab­bott bowled over by hero Gille­spie

CARLISLE ..........2 BURY ..................1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky But­ler

GREG Ab­bott claimed he’d reaped his re­ward for keep­ing faith with the kids af­ter young goal­keeper Mark Gille­spie de­liv­ered a stun­ning dis­play to hold off a Bury come­back.

An early Lee Miller penalty and a strike from Matt Rob­son, both in the open­ing ten min­utes, looked to have eased the Cum­bri­ans to suc­ces­sive home wins for the first time this sea­son.

How­ever, Carlisle were hang­ing on at the end af­ter Steven Schu­macher’s fine sec­ond-half header and Ab­bott in­sisted Gille- spie’s show­ing was no fluke.

“Mark was out­stand­ing,” said boss Greg Ab­bott.“Not many clubs have a 20 year old goal­keeper but we have stuck by him. He showed what he can do to­day but he needs to re­peat that over 200 or 300 matches.

“Our char­ac­ter was un­be­liev­able. The fans maybe ex­pected us to go on and win by 4 or 5 but you never get easy games at this level.

“I was very de­spon­dent a few weeks ago with the way things were go­ing against us, but we had a lit­tle bit of luck on Box­ing Day and we had a lit­tle bit more.”

Ab­bott’s side got off to the per­fect start with a goal in­side 90 sec­onds. Bradley Potts, 18, tricked Efe Sodje into a foul and Miller stroked home from the spot.

But Bury re­sponded and should have been level five min­utes later. Gregg Wylde whipped in a cross and only a mar­velous one-handed save from Gille­spie kept out Tom Hop­per’s header.

“I thought that was the best save I have seen since Jim Mont­gomery in the FA Cup fi­nal,” added Ab­bott.“It was an un­be­liev­able header and even bet­ter save.”

That proved to be vi­tal as the Cum­bri­ans dou­bled their ad­van­tage soon af­ter. Frank Simek got for­ward and his low cross was drilled home by Rob­son.

Bury started the sec­ond pe­riod with more tempo and were re­warded nine min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion.Wylde was the ar­chi­tect and Schu­macher did the rest with a pow­er­ful header.

Ab­bott’s side now be­came ner­vous and they needed Gille­spie to be at his best again to keep out ef­forts from Se­bastien Ca­role and David Worrall.

And when Ca­role did fi­nally beat Gille­spie, the post came to Carlisle’s res­cue.

“It was mis­takes in both boxes that have cost us,” said dis­ap­pointed Bury boss Kevin Black­well. “We should have won the game but if you con­cede goals like that and then miss the chances we have you get noth­ing.

“We dom­i­nated at Crewe, we dom­i­nated Shrews­bury, we dom­i­nated again but it is a lack of qual­ity in both boxes, it is as sim­ple as that. If we had taken our chances we would be in the top four.”

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MARK GILLE­SPIE

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