Boss happy to get another three points with 3-2 win over Carlisle United.Manager Paul Cox believes our players have found some consistency as we picked up maximum points with a gritty 3-2 victory over Carlisle United at One Call Stadium.
Our team were flying at half-time, as we led 3-0 courtesy of Lee Beevers’ early header and a double from Rakish Bingham, but the visitors courageously fought back in the second half.
Goals by David Amoo and Kyle Dempsey set up a tense finale and Sky Bet League Two’s club threw everything forward in search of a late equaliser, but we survived the pressure to record an excellent three points.
The win isn’t quite enough for us to jump into the play-off places, but it completes a very positive week which has seen us take six points out of a possible six on home soil.
Speaking afterwards, Cox said: “I thought in the first half our performance was good. It could have been better, but I thought we scored three good goals.
“We had a talk at half-time about these kind of games and how they can lull you into a false sense of security. I thought Carlisle were excellent in the second half. They showed a great resolve and a great desire to get back into the game and sometimes you have to congratulate a team for that.”
Our boss continued: “But we’ve just won another match. It’s what I called on [the players] to do – to win matches consistently. We’re not going to play brilliantly every game or have our own way all the time, but the boys are winning.
“Their work-ethic and the desire of the players, especially when we came under the cosh late on, was immense. Players were throwing themselves in front of shots and crosses and defending well.
“We lost another player through injury, but we got on with it and won another football match. The unity in our dressing room is immense,” added Cox. “The boys are in it together and we’ll continuously be like that.”
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