Abbott delighted to escape with point
Carlisle United 0 Swindon Town 0
Sunday 05 September 2010
They may not have the budget of some of the League One heavyweights, but Greg Abbott's spirited Carlisle United continue to offer evidence that they will take some shifting in this season's promotion race. Abbott ripped the heart out of his squad over the summer in order to improve on last season's 14th place and the early omens surrounding his mixed bag of free transfers and bargain buys appear positive despite this barren draw here with struggling Swindon.
Sitting second in the embryonic table and boasting one of the Football League's few unbeaten records, Abbott has turned Carlisle into a tough nut to crack even if they rode their luck at times in a tight game.
Swindon, beaten play-off finalists in May, might have stolen their first win of the season if the normally prolific Charlie Austin had not misfired.
Still, Abbott had reason to be happy with the intensity and work-rate of his young side during a tense first half. They took charge and had the better of the few chances the game threw up for an hour.
Ben Marshall, on loan from Stoke, had the best – side-footing wide from close range after fine work from the hard running Frank Simek.
But Danny Wilson's Swindon wrestled back the initiative after he replaced the ineffective Vincent Pericard midway through the second half. The Robins ended firmly in the ascendancy and had the two best opportunities of the game as the clock ticked down.
The substitute David Ball stole a march on James Chester with 13 minutes left and despite guiding the ball past Adam Collin, the debutant Lubomir Michalik was able to hack clear on the line. And then Austin, finding himself behind last man Chester, inexplicably blazed over the bar in injury time.
Abbott admitted a point was generous reward for his side – but was happy to talk about further signs of progress. He said: "I look at the table and we're second and unbeaten. So they probably deserved the win on this occasion but we'll gladly take the point because we worked ever so hard."
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Lukas Podolski corner: Has the Arsenal forward taken the worst corner of all time?
Why Manchester City could turn to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers if Manuel Pellegrini is dismissed
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you?
- 3 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'