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Carlisle United 0-1 Luton Town

Mark Cullen
Mark Cullen's first-half goal was his ninth for Luton, having netted eight times last season.

Mark Cullen's tap-in gave Luton Town victory at Carlisle United in their first Football League game since 2009.

The 22-year-old applied a close-range finish on the half-hour mark after Paul Benson and Jake Howells had combined well down the right for the visitors.

It was a first-half of few chances but the Hatters went deservedly in front.

Carlisle's best spell came just after the break but Billy Paynter saw a shot blocked by goalkeeper Mark Tyler and he later headed David Amoo's cross wide.

Cullen, who signed for Luton on a free transfer in June 2013, could hardly miss after his team-mates' slick passing move had found its way to him two yards out.

The Cumbrians, who were two tiers above Luton last season, now remain without a win in seven league matches.

The Hatters had not won at Brunton Park since the opening day in 2001.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

''It's one good performance and we have to continue getting better. It's really important that we do that.

''We've shown really good ingredients. When we had to play, we played. When we had to dig in and battle and defend for our lives we've done that, and they're all good ingredients.

''I thought Luke Wilkinson was absolutely outstanding, I really did. He's a very good defender, very strong.

''Taking everything into account, even the hype around Luton getting back in the league, we've dealt with it very well.''

Line-ups

Carlisle

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Gillespie
  • 19Symington
  • 2GraingerSubstituted forElliottat 45'minutes
  • 23O'Hanlon
  • 15Meppen-Walter
  • 3Robson
  • 4Marrow
  • 16Potts
  • 10Dicker
  • 9Paynter
  • 7AmooSubstituted forKearnsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Sweeney
  • 11Kearns
  • 12Thirlwell
  • 18Brough
  • 20Hanford
  • 22Dempsey
  • 27Elliott

Luton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Tyler
  • 29ConnollyBooked at 63mins
  • 5McNulty
  • 6Lacey
  • 12Griffiths
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 23Robinson
  • 8DrurySubstituted forStevensonat 79'minutes
  • 11HowellsSubstituted forRooneyat 83'minutes
  • 9Benson
  • 13Cullen

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 10Wall
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Justham
  • 17Ruddock
  • 21Guttridge
  • 28Stevenson
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
6,766

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Benson (Luton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Elliott (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

  9. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Luke Rooney replaces Jake Howells.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Paynter (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Jim Stevenson replaces Andy Drury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Daniel Kearns replaces David Amoo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Howells (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Dicker (Carlisle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Booking

    Paul Connolly (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.