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Mansfield Town 3-2 Carlisle United

Keith Curle
Curle was only appointed as Carlisle manager on Friday

Keith Curle's first game in charge of League Two's basement club Carlisle ended in narrow defeat at Mansfield.

But despite the defeat, former Stag Curle must have been encouraged by the fightback from his team.

Lee Beevers' header put the hosts ahead and Rakish Bingham's volley and low strike made it 3-0 at the break.

David Amoo crashed home from 10 yards out to pull one back and Kyle Dempsey's effort gave the visitors hope of an unlikely point, but Mansfield held on.

Carlisle remain without a league win this season and rooted to the foot of League Two, while Mansfield climbed to eighth.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought first half we were excellent. To carry that performance on from Tuesday night [win over Morecambe] and to score three good goals was excellent.

"You have to give Carlisle credit. In the second half, they played very well. But credit has to be given to the players at this football club as well. We are working extremely hard.

"I am pleased with the lads, with the resolve we showed and - more importantly - with the three points."

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 23Evtimov
  • 2Sutton
  • 3Riley
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 7BellSubstituted forLambeat 74'minutes
  • 18Beevers
  • 19Marsden
  • 21Murray
  • 28ClementsSubstituted forMcGuireat 49'minutes
  • 11BinghamBooked at 26minsSubstituted forFisherat 84'minutes
  • 9Rhead

Substitutes

  • 1Studer
  • 8Fisher
  • 12McGuire
  • 14Palmer
  • 16Heslop
  • 17Lambe
  • 22Taylor

Carlisle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Gillespie
  • 18Brough
  • 6Archibald-Henville
  • 26WhiteBooked at 54mins
  • 2GraingerBooked at 90mins
  • 8SweeneySubstituted forAmooat 45'minutes
  • 10Dicker
  • 16PottsSubstituted forBeckat 45'minutes
  • 22Dempsey
  • 9Paynter
  • 27ElliottSubstituted forKearnsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Marrow
  • 7Amoo
  • 11Kearns
  • 17Beck
  • 19Symington
  • 20Hanford
  • 25Marriott
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,117

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 3, Carlisle United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 3, Carlisle United 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

  4. Post update

    Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Liam Marsden.

  7. Post update

    Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beck (Carlisle United).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alex Fisher replaces Rakish Bingham.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Daniel Kearns replaces Stephen Elliott.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Gary Dicker (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Hayden White.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rakish Bingham (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Reggie Lambe replaces Fergus Bell.

  19. Post update

    Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beck (Carlisle United).