Carlisle and Tranmere played out an entertaining goalless draw.

Teenage debutant Ryan Brunt almost gave the visitors the lead, but his close-range effort was cleared off the line by Carlisle defender Peter Murphy.

Rovers had another great chance to score but Adam McGurk saw his effort blocked by keeper Adam Collin.

However, Carlisle almost grabbed a winner late on but Owain fon Williams saved superbly from Paddy Madden's header to keep the scores level.

Following this result, Rovers have now gone eight games without a victory.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"We've missed our big player [Lee Miller] tonight, we've seen at Chesterfield and again tonight how important he is to us.

"He helps us to get the ball up the pitch, to keep the ball and get chance to get midfielders onto it, and to play the type of football we have been doing.

"Players have not been able to cope with that for the last two, but we've scrambled four points from our last two home games and it could have been worse."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle United

  • 01 Collin
  • 02 Simek Booked
  • 06 Murphy
  • 19 Parker
  • 25 Michalik
  • 04 McGovern
  • 11 Thirlwell
  • 12 Taiwo (Madden - 46' )
  • 21 Berrett (Noble - 61' )
  • 13 Zoko Booked
  • 16 Cook (Welsh - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 05 Livesey
  • 07 Welsh
  • 17 Noble
  • 10 Madden

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 05 Goodison (McChrystal - 72' )
  • 12 Taylor
  • 15 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 08 Welsh
  • 10 Weir Booked
  • 25 Devaney
  • 27 Wallace Booked
  • 14 McGurk (Akins - 86' )
  • 28 Brunt (Tyriaki - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 06 McChrystal
  • 04 Labadie
  • 09 Tyriaki
  • 17 Akins
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 4,152

Match Stats

Shots

5 12

On target

3 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Welsh by Liam Noble. Direct free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

90:00 +1:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lucas Akins on Peter Murphy. Free kick taken by Adam Collin.

90:00 +0:44

Effort from just outside the area by Patrick Madden goes over the target.

89:01

Centre by Liam Noble, Patrick Madden takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Danny Holmes makes a clearance.

89:01 Booking

Booking Caution for Francois Zoko.

88:11 Booking

Booking James Wallace is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

87:55

Francois Zoko fouled by James Wallace, the ref awards a free kick.

86:50

Mustafa Tiryaki is caught offside. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Lucas Akins on for Adam McGurk.

84:26

Shot from just outside the box by James Wallace misses to the right of the goal.

82:44

Foul by John Welsh on Andrew Welsh, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

81:33

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern, Robbie Weir manages to make a clearance.

79:35

Ben Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Devaney. Free kick taken by John Welsh.

75:30

The ball is swung over by Adam McGurk.

72:31

Short corner taken by Adam McGurk from the right by-line.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Mark McChrystal coming on for Ian Goodison.

71:01

Andrew Welsh produces a cross, clearance by John Welsh.

68:37

Direct free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Mustafa Tiryaki replaces Ryan Brunt.

68:37

Martin Devaney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Parker.

66:18

The referee blows for offside. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

63:49

Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

63:49 Booking

Booking Robbie Weir booked.

63:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Parker by Robbie Weir.

62:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Welsh on Robbie Weir. Free kick taken by Ash Taylor.

61:18

John Welsh fouled by Ben Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Holmes takes the free kick.

59:58

Indirect free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Liam Noble is brought on as a substitute for James Berrett.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Welsh comes on in place of Jordan Cook.

59:58

Ryan Brunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

57:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Francois Zoko on Robbie Weir. Free kick taken by Martin Devaney.

55:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Goodison by Francois Zoko. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

55:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francois Zoko by Adam McGurk. James Berrett takes the free kick.

54:22 Booking

Booking Frank Simek goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

54:09

Effort on goal by Adam McGurk from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

52:18

Ryan Brunt is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

51:29

The ball is sent over by David Buchanan, Effort from inside the area by Robbie Weir misses to the left of the target.

50:32

Header on goal by Ryan Brunt from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

49:49

James Berrett takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Adam McGurk.

48:23

Ash Taylor challenges Jordan Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Cook takes the free kick. Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett, Ryan Brunt manages to make a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by James Berrett.

46:08

The ball is delivered by Martin Devaney.

45:12

Unfair challenge on Jordan Cook by John Welsh results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Madden replaces Tom Taiwo.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

44:22

Francois Zoko takes a shot. Danny Holmes gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by James Berrett, clearance by Robbie Weir.

42:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Brunt by Peter Murphy. Adam McGurk produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

42:07

Francois Zoko is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

41:04

Martin Devaney produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

39:12

Peter Murphy fouled by Ryan Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

35:48

Robbie Weir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Berrett. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

32:26

The referee gives a free kick against Ryan Brunt for handball. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

32:02

The ball is crossed by David Buchanan, save by Adam Collin.

30:50

Centre by Adam McGurk, save by Adam Collin.

29:58

Effort on goal by Ryan Brunt from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:57

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

25:49

Francois Zoko takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

24:29

Corner taken right-footed by James Berrett from the left by-line, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

23:12

Robbie Weir delivers the ball, Adam Collin makes a save.

21:41

Long range effort on goal by Martin Devaney goes wide left of the goal.

21:04

Adam McGurk takes a shot. Save by Adam Collin.

19:59

Robbie Weir takes a shot. Save by Adam Collin.

17:24

Handball decision goes against Jordan Cook. Owain Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.

16:10

James Berrett produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

13:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Brunt on Frank Simek. Frank Simek takes the free kick.

12:37

The ball is swung over by Frank Simek.

11:19

Corner taken short by Adam McGurk.

9:50

David Buchanan has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Lubomir Michalik. Corner taken by Adam McGurk, clearance made by Lubomir Michalik.

6:57

Paul Thirlwell fouled by Robbie Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

6:22

Jordan Cook concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Holmes. Danny Holmes takes the direct free kick.

4:12

Jon-Paul McGovern delivers the ball, clearance made by Ian Goodison.

2:19

Ryan Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Murphy.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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