Last-gasp bat­tlers de­liver for Drummy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Scott Phillips

DER­MOT Drummy said his play­ers showed im­mense char­ac­ter af­ter grab­bing a last­gasp goal in in­jury time to se­cure a dra­matic draw at home to Carlisle.

The home side found them­selves 2-0 up early in the first half, only for the Cum­bri­ans to go in all square at the break.

The away side then went ahead only to be pegged back in in­jury time.

Drummy was happy with the come­back, he said: “You’ve got to give credit to the play­ers, the fans were great and you want that ev­ery day.

“That was raw pas­sion. I thought we got our­selves back into it and that showed a great men­tal­ity.

“We’ve been on a poor run and some­times it’s about get­ting that all-im­por­tant point.

“It is a nice re­lief to main­tain out sta­tus but I came here with hopes of reach­ing the play­offs. How­ever, when you look at the divi­sion to keep our league sta­tus is an achieve­ment.

“In some ways we shouldn’t be in this po­si­tion but on the other hand maybe the other teams at the bot­tom are say­ing that too.”

James Collins broke the dead­lock in the 12th minute with a won­der goal from out­side of the area, he stuck the ball in the top cor­ner leav­ing Mark Gille­spie rooted to the spot.

Collins then scored his 20th league goal in the 25th minute with a calmly taken penalty, send­ing the goal­keeper the wrong way

Only four min­utes later Jabo Ibehre latched on to a ball and con­verted to re­duce the deficit.

And three min­utes be­fore the break Jamie Proc­tor was able to con­vert his well placed headed ef­fort.

Reg­gie Lambe put the vis­i­tors in front in the 59th minute af­ter latch­ing on from a great ball from Proc­tor. But two min­utes into in­jury time Craw­ley cap­tain Jimmy Smith was able to equalise af­ter popping up at the back post.

The Carlisle man­ager Keith Curle blamed the poor re­sult on silly mis­takes, he said: “I am an­gry and frus­trated, we shouldn’t have to score four goals away from home to win a game of foot­ball.

“There is a level of frus­tra­tion be­cause we gave silly free kicks away that gave them the op­por­tu­nity to balls in our box.

“We had fan­tas­tic sup­port from the fans again, even at 2-0 down, al­though thank­fully we got the goals at the right time.

“We are cre­at­ing chances, we are scor­ing goals but we need to tighten up at the back and we need to make sure we are do­ing our job de­fen­sively.”

STAR MAN JAMES COLLINS Craw­ley

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