Ka­vanagh curses his luck af­ter Gills loss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Hill To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

GRAHAM Ka­vanagh was left be­moan­ing Carlisle’s mis­for­tune af­ter de­feat against Gilling­ham left them a sin­gle point and place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The hosts dom­i­nated for large pe­ri­ods but were con­demned to their fifth de­feat in six by Joe Pig­ott’s first ever league goal and Cody Mc­Don­ald’s 13th of the sea­son.

Leon Legge’s own-goal proved to be a con­so­la­tion as the Gills moved up one place to 11th but the Cum­bri­ans’ boss was adamant it could have been very dif­fer­ent.

“The re­sult is very cruel on us be­cause we’ve had all of the pos­ses­sion, all of the chances,” he said.

“When you hit the wood­work twice, then get hit on the counter at­tack like that, you just get a feel­ing it’s go­ing to be one of those days.

“It is a very young group we have here and we are learn­ing as a play­ing group and as staff.

“We bounce off the young­sters’ en­ergy and hon­esty but in cer­tain ar­eas they don’t quite have the know-how of the older heads and it’s cost­ing us.

“Courtney (Mep­penWal­ter) held his hands up for both goals and fair play to him.

“He’s at a ten­der age and will make mis­takes but he is an im­mense tal­ent.”

Af­ter Lee Miller and Brad Potts went close for Carlisle, it was the visi­tors took the lead when Mc­Don­ald found Pig­ott, who fin­ished low past Jor­dan Pick­ford from in­side the box.

Carlisle had most of the ball but af­ter Mc­Don­ald had a penalty ap­peal turned down, he dis­pos­sessed Mep­pen-Walker and sealed the game with a neat lob.

They did pull a goal back when Legge di­verted Matty Rob­son’s cross into his own net but the Kent side held on to leave Peter Tay­lor in awe of his star striker.

“Cody (Mc­Don­ald) was ab­so­lutely ter­rific, hav­ing a player like him makes all the dif­fer­ence to our side,” he said.

“He is very sharp over ten yards and he doesn’t give his cen­tre back a minute’s peace, and that forces er­rors like with his fin­ish to­day.

“We had a great chat on Fri­day lunchtime as a group about the im­por­tance of go­ing away from home and get­ting wins when the op­por­tu­nity is there – and this was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity.

“Ev­ery­one from front to back gave a solid, ef­fi­cient per­for­mance.

“And that was a re­ward for our ter­rific fans who made the jour­ney here to see us.

“We won’t be tak­ing our foot off the gas un­til we are guar­an­teed League One sur­vival, be­cause the league is so tight at the mo­ment, we’ll keep go­ing.”

STAR MAN CODY MCDON

ALD Gillingh

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