The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

DAVID Fl­itcroft’s man­age­rial reign at Swin­don be­gan with a hard-fought away win at Carlisle, and the new boss be­lieves it is proof hard work pays off.Luke

Nor­ris and Paul Mullin fired Swin­don into a two-goal lead, and the vis­i­tors held on to claim three points de­spite Luke Joyce pulling a goal back.

And Fl­itcroft says the re­sult, per­for­mance, and at­mos­phere were the per­fect start to a new era for the club as they look to bounce straight back up to League One.

“That’s six weeks of re­ally tough work and re­ally hard miles the play­ers have done,” Fl­itcroft said.

“To­geth­er­ness was the key. It’s some­thing I’ve been try­ing to pro­mote from day one. We’ve had days where it’s re­ally looked like we’re to­gether as a group and it showed in abun­dance.

“All of the debu­tants stood out – they’re all debu­tants to me, start­ing out in a new era. And with the sup­port­ers, it felt like a new era too.

“Af­ter the game [cel­e­brat­ing with the sup­port­ers] was amaz­ing, and they are the mo­ments you want to give them – send­ing them home with three points and some­thing to re­ally look for­ward to.”

It was not all plain sail­ing for the Robins – Lawrence Vigouroux tipped Nicky Adams’ pow­er­ful header over at full stretch on 23 min­utes.

Then Jamie De­vitt was un­lucky not to give Carlisle the lead min­utes later with a shot which crashed against the post.

But Nor­ris gave Swin­don the lead on 31 min­utes, against the run of play, rac­ing in to the area com­pletely un­marked to head in Chris Hussey’s right-wing free-kick from six yards out.

Less than three min­utes into the sec­ond half Mullin dou­bled Swin­don’s ad­van­tage, bundling in the re­bound when Jack Bon­ham par­ried John God­dard’s 20-yard strike.

Carlisle hit back through Joyce on 55 min­utes, how­ever, when Danny Grainger’s cross was worked to the edge of box and the mid­fielder coolly slot­ted into the bot­tom corner.

But Vigouroux twice saved from Richie Ben­nett’s tow­er­ing head­ers mid­way through the half, and then de­nied Adams’ pow­er­ful strike in stop­page time as Swin­don held on to win.

And Carlisle boss Keith Curle ad­mit­ted his team have work to do, say­ing: “There were things I'm not happy with which we can im­prove on.

“We were not out­played or out­classed, but we didn't get the run of the ball in the fi­nal third. Some­times you need a kick up the back­side in your first game and we know we need to do bet­ter.

“We got off to a nervy start and the first goal gave them some­thing to de­fend. The sec­ond goal was again one we can learn from but all teams make mis­takes.

“We showed good en­deav­our to get a goal back but could not get that clear cut open­ing at the end.” CARLISLE UNITED: (4-2-3-1): Bon­ham 6, Miller T 6 (Ben­nett 65 6), Lid­dle 7, Parkes 5 (El­lis 76 6), Grainger 7, Joyce 7, Jones 4, Lambe 5, De­vitt 7, Adams 6, Hope 6 (Miller S 76 6). Subs not used: Ge­orge, Cos­grove, Salkeld, Egan SWIN­DON TOWN: (4-2-3-1): Vigouroux 7, Purkiss 6, Con­roy 8, Lan­cashire 7, Hussey 6, Dunn 5, Lin­ganzi 6, Bro­phy 7 (Ian­dolo 60 6 (Thomas 83 6)), Mullin 7, God­dard 5, Nor­ris 7 (Smith H 34 5). Subs not used: Henry, Robert­son, Smith T, Twine

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