I saw ev­ery­thing I want from my team –

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A home win, a clean sheet and both your for­wards score. Does it get any bet­ter than that?

I ac­tu­ally said to Russ (Mil­ton, as­sis­tant man­ager) be­fore game, I’d love it if we won 2-0 and the two cen­tre for­wards scored. We showed ev­ery­thing that I want from the team to­day. We showed qual­ity in the first half and we could have been three or four up, we had a penalty turned down., there was a scram­ble and I don’t know how it’s not gone in. We started the sec­ond half like that, with an­other cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties and a dis­al­lowed goal. Af­ter that play­ers nat­u­rally start think­ing “we might not get the third now” so they start, not drop­ping off, but not be­ing as brave with the press and com­mu­ni­ca­tion stops be­cause they start look­ing af­ter them­selves a lit­tle bit more. To be fair at 2-0 down, Carlisle have noth­ing to lose. That’s when the re­silience kicked in, the men­tal­ity and if you did a de­fend­ing ses­sion of how to de­fend the box with crosses and shots rain­ing in, that’s what it looked like. That’s what you want, peo­ple throw­ing their bod­ies in front of it. Scott (Flin­ders) has come up trumps when he needed to, mak­ing a cou­ple of good saves.

We have seen that cor­ner rou­tine be­fore and how pleased

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are you to see Gavin Reilly get off the mark?

It’s some­thing we have tried a cou­ple of times last year and it doesn’t al­ways work, and it was a vari­a­tion be­cause it’s for Jake (Doyle-hayes) to get a shot off, but he recog­nised he was get­ting a lit­tle bit pressed, he’s had a touch and the com­po­sure he’s got. You don’t have to be 6ft 7in if you put good balls in good ar­eas, a lit­tle bit of move­ment will get you in. I thought Gav was bril­liant, par­tic­u­larly first half. He held it up, ran in be­hind and he was a real threat with Reg (Var­ney).

Also good for Luke Var­ney to get off the mark Cen­tre for­wards al­ways want to get off the mark be­cause they are gen­er­ally self­ish! No, they ran them­selves into the ground. I am de­lighted for Reg and the pair of them were ex­cel­lent. They ran them­selves into the ground and then Lloydy (Ge­orge Lloyd) and Tahv (Campbell) came on and we tweaked the for­ma­tion, went 3-4-3 and asked them to do some­thing that isn’t nat­u­ral for them be­cause they want to go and score the goals, but they showed great at­ti­tude for the team. We have not named the same XI yet. I have just told the play­ers that and ev­ery­one in the group will be used at some point.

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