Ma­dine is Carlisle’s saviour says Kav

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

CARLISLE UNITED man­ager Gra­ham Ka­vanagh be­lieves Gary Ma­dine’s know-how can give his goal-shy team the lift they need in the bat­tle against the drop.

Win­less in eight, Ma­dine’s first-half fin­ish was enough to hand the Cum­bri­ans a vi­tal three points against Swin­don to edge them out of the rel­e­ga­tion spa­ces on goal dif­fer­ence.

It was the 23-year-old striker’s first goal for the club since re­join­ing on loan from Sh­effield Wed­nes­day last week fol­low­ing his re­lease from prison in March.

And while the game ended on a sour note with James Ber­rett pick­ing up a sec­ond yel­low, Ka­vanagh was quick to sig­nal the im­pact of Ma­dine, who net­ted 21 times in 85 matches for the club be­tween 2007 and 2011.

“The win was a long time com­ing, that’s now three clean sheets on the bounce but more im­por­tantly we got a goal,” said Ka­vanagh.

“Goalscor­ers is what you need, the top clubs have the best play­ers and gen­er­ally make the dif­fer­ence and we haven’t done that con­sis­tently enough but if you do that, you get points on the board.

“Gary’s a good player for his level, there is no two ways about it. He gives us a plat­form, he knows what he is do­ing.

“He is some­one who un­der­stands the club, loves the club, he just wants to do well for us.

“With the per­for­mance we have had over the last few weeks, Notts County game aside, we have prob­a­bly not had the re­sults we de­serve.”

Carlisle came clos­est to open­ing the scor­ing on 27 min­utes when Ma­dine headed goal­wards, but keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham was equal to it.

Ma­dine was not to be de­nied how­ever, seiz­ing on Brad Potts’ right-wing cross just over ten min­utes later be­fore turn­ing and fir­ing past Foder­ing­ham.

Swin­don im­proved af­ter the break, with Alex Smith twice see­ing ef­forts saved by Jordan Pick­ford while Alex Pritchard also tested the Cum­bri­ans keeper.

Carlisle thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Jack Stephens ap­peared to han­dle, al­though it did not come back to haunt them de­spite Ber­rett’s stop­page-time red.

“We should have de­fended bet­ter for the goal,” said Swin­don man­ager Mark Cooper, who saw his side lose ground on the play-offs.“It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause we should have got some­thing out of game.

“To cre­ate chances you need to get hold of the ball and put the ball in the net.

“In the sec­ond half we played well and were camped in their half.”

STAR MAN CHRIS CHANT

LER Carlisle

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