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Carlisle United v City

Tis: 'Carlisle are a real test for anybody, they were last year and I expect them to be the same again this year'

5 October 2017

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is expecting a tough test from Carlisle United on Saturday after playing Keith Curle’s Cumbrians four times last season.

The Grecians met Carlisle twice in the league in 2016/17 – losing both games 3-2 to last-minute winners.

However, they drew a play-off semi-final game at Brunton Park 3-3 and then won 3-2 at St James Park, with a late winner from Jack Stacey, to book their spot in the League Two play-off final.

“We had a real tussle with Carlisle last season – four games, lots and lots of goals and a real challenge,” said Tis. “They have got the same manager and I am still at Exeter so there is already some recent history and I am looking forward to the game.

"Carlisle are a real test for anybody, they were last year and I expect them to be the same again this year.”

Considering there were 21 goals over the four games last campaign, would it be right to assume that Saturday’s match is also going to be a high scoring affair.

“I don’t know,” said Tis. “It was an extraordinary amount of goals to be scored over four games last season and in all those games it was exciting as well.

“I think we look at last year, but the reality is that it is a new season. I am still our manager and Keith is still their manager, but there are different players and different styles.

"At this level of football, styles change with the players. Players come and go and as a manager you try and get your strengths on the pitch. I think both teams are different to last season and it is very much earlier days. We are still only a quarter into the season so there is a lot of football to be played.

“However, we do like playing at Carlisle. It is a really good football pitch, a good stadium, and good football supporters up there.

"That doesn’t mean that it is easy. It is a test and it is a challenge, but it is a football challenge and we are looking forward to it.”

Jordan Tillson has recovered from the injury he picked up against Morecambe on Saturday to be fit for selection, while Jordan Moore-Taylor, who limped off in City’s defeat to Coventry City on September 23, is also making good progress and could be in line for a start on Saturday. 

Going to Brunton Park on Saturday. Why not check out our travel guide here

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Carlisle United 0 City 1

Sweeney seals all three points for City

7 October 2017

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Exeter City claimed a hard fought 1-0 win over Carlisle United at Brunton Park thanks to Pierce Sweeney’s second-half header.

The defender did well in a crowded penalty box to rise and nod in from close range to give City all three points against a Carlisle side that battled to the end.

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As the Grecians returned to League Two action, following their outing in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, Paul Tisdale made two changes to the side that beat Morecambe 4-1 last weekend at St James Park as Hiram Boateng and Lee Holmes came in for Jordan Tillson and Dean Moxey.

In an entertaining first 45 minutes, the home side had a good opportunity to test the City backline early on through Shaun Miller.

After he was played in down the right-hand side his effort was blocked well for a corner, before Danny Grainger saw his shot from just outside the box edge just wide of Christy Pym’s goal.

But moments later, City were inches from taking the lead as they forced two excellent chances to beat Jack Bonham.

After Jayden Stockley made a nuisance of himself in the United box, with his back to goal, he flicked over his head only to be denied by the post.

Seconds later, Reuben Reid then forced Bonham into smart stop after he found space just inside the Carlisle box to shoot at goal.

City then had the ball in the net on ten minutes through Troy Brown, but unfortunately for the travelling Grecians supporters, the defender’s volley from a corner was ruled out for a foul as the Exeter players tried to attack the incoming delivery.

As the home side pounced on a City defensive area, James Brown then won back possession high in the Grecians half, before darting inside the area and going down under pressure from Craig Woodman, but referee Eddie Ilderton waved away any penalty appeals from United.

Another good City opportunity came just before the half hour mark when Pierce Sweeney delivered a pinpoint cross towards the head of Stockley, but the forward was unable to keep his header on target under pressure from the Carlisle defence.

The Grecians were then forced into making an early substitution as Luke Croll limped off 10 minutes before half-time with Moxey taking the defender’s place.

More opportunities came and went for City, with Jake Taylor coming in at the back post unmarked five minutes before half-time, but the midfielder miscued his cross as he looked to help the ball across goal.

And on the brink of half-time, Boateng saw his header edge just over from Holmes’ cross meaning the teams were level going into the break.

The second half was just three minutes old when the Grecians fired themselves ahead courtesy of Sweeney.

A Holmes corner caused havoc in the United area as Brown helped the ball back across goal for the Irishman to nod home from close range and put the Grecians one up.

Mike Jones attempted to bring the home side level on 55 minutes when he received it centrally from Luke Joyce, but the midfielder was unable to keep his effort on target as he dragged his shot wide from distance.

City were then inches from doubling their lead just after the hour mark when Reid had a golden chance for the Grecians.

After keeping the ball well, Woodman then fashioned a superb cross from the left, but Reid’s glancing header flashed just past Bonham’s left-hand post.

Pym was then forced into a smart stop from Joyce as the City keeper did excellently to keep the sides level.

As the midfielder found himself in space centrally he shot powerfully but the City keeper did brilliantly to get down low and make an important save.

City then had Moxey to thank just moments after as he made a clearance off the line from Shaun Miller’s goal bound header as Keith Curle’s side searched for a way back into the match.

Pym was then forced into a fantastic save from Clint Hill as the home fans thought they’d levelled the match on 82 minutes.

A header from close range was athletically saved by the City keeper, before Sweeney did his defensive duties well to clear away with the help of Moxey to keep the Grecians narrowly ahead.

Gary Liddle then came to the rescue for the home side in the last minute of the 90 as Stockley had the chance to wrap it up late for City.

After being played through by Taylor, the City number 11 managed to slot past Bonham, but Liddle did well to slide and clear the ball away off the line.

Carlisle continued to pump balls into the City box in the dying minutes, but credit to the Grecians’ defence who battled well to head away as Tisdale’s men held out for three points.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Grainger, Joyce, Liddle, Jones (Kennedy, 75), Hope, Adams, Brown (Devitt, 11), Miller, Etuhu (Lambe, 65), Hill

Subs not used: George, Miller, Devitt, Nabi, Cosgrove, Lambe

Booked: Hill

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, James, Holmes, Stockley, Croll (Moxey, 35), Taylor, Reid (Tillson, 70), Brown, Boateng (McAlinden, 90+3)

Subs not used: Hamon, Archibald-Henville, Jay, Edwards

Booked:

Attendance: 4677 (Inc, 233, away)

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Away tickets: Carlisle United

Tickets available for the Grecians tip to Brunton Park on Saturday, October 7

25 September 2017

Tickets for City's match at Brunton Park are now on sale.

Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.ecfc.co.uk, by phone by calling 01392 411 243 (Option 3) or in person at reception at St James Park.

Fans will be able to buy on the match day but prices, other than for juniors and children, increase by £3.

The advance prices are as follows:

Adult: £19
Over-65: £16
Age 18-22: £13
Age 11-17 (junior): £10
Under-11 (child): £7
Under-7 (child): Free

One adult and one junior: £27
One adult and two juniors: £35
One senior and one junior: £24

Ambulant disabled fans pay the age-related price shown above and receive a free assistant ticket. Fans in wheelchairs pay £4 and also receive a free assistant’s ticket. These are also available from Exeter City in advance.

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