Date: 27th August 2006 at 4:09pm
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Carlisle United earned a decent away point from a fixture which was always going to prove difficult. A good sized crowd of 6,080 saw a tough battle with Blues earning much of the credit in what could have been cauldron of ill timed tackles and indiscipline, for their controlled play.

Oldham suffered a set back after 39 minutes when keeper David Knight handled outside his area, referee Mr Salisbury flashed the red card and suddenly Oldham were down to ten men. Suddenly it looked like advantage Carlisle, but the Latics defended stoutly and kept the pressure on Blues whenever they could.

Despite the one man deficit Oldham were strong in the tackle and made Blues work desperately hard to hold on for a point. Gall, Bridges and Hawley all worked hard up front, Kev Gray and the cool headed Ziggy Aranalde put in fantastic effort.

A little more discipline in front of goal and some clinical finishing and these one -pointers will soon turn into three pointers. Today, it was a pretty close knit affair, bookings for Raven, Gray and Murphy late on seemed unnecessary, but then Mr Salisbury effectively ruined the closing stages of what had been a closely fought good old fashioned game of football.

All in all this was a good team display which deservedly keeps Blues in the right half of the table. With just one defeat in all league and cup fixtures so far its been as good a start as anyone could have hoped for.