Carlisle's play-off hopes were dented after a drab goalless draw with struggling Scunthorpe.

The hosts had the better of possession and Lee Miller was just off target with a diving header before Liam Noble sent a low drive just wide.

Cliff Byrne wasted the Iron's best chance, slicing his shot against the legs of a defender.

Lubo Michalik almost grabbed a late winner for the Cumbrians, only to see his shot blocked.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"It's very difficult to be critical of the team. It's probably a game where people looking at it from the outside think we should win.

"In respect, with the amount of games we've had I think it's been a terrific effort from the boys to get in sight of the top six.

"In days gone by these sorts of games against Scunthorpe were decent results, but the disappointment in that dressing room is unbelievable."

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It's another clean sheet and I'm delighted to take the point.

"If I'm going to be honest in November no-one saw us getting 50 points and it's been a great effort in the second half of the season.

"I thought it was a poor game and some of the refereeing didn't help."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Carlisle United

  • 01 Collin
  • 02 Simek
  • 05 Livesey
  • 06 Murphy
  • 25 Michalik
  • 04 McGovern
  • 12 Taiwo
  • 17 Noble
  • 21 Berrett (Cook - 65' )
  • 13 Zoko (Welsh - 65' )
  • 14 Miller (Madden - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 03 Robson
  • 07 Welsh
  • 16 Cook
  • 10 Madden

Scunthorpe United

  • 13 Slocombe
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Byrne
  • 15 Reid
  • 25 Reckford
  • 04 Togwell
  • 07 Ryan
  • 14 Walker
  • 09 Parkin (Duffy - 72' )
  • 10 Robertson
  • 21 Barcham

Substitutes

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Nolan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 22 Gibbons
  • 28 Jennings
Ref: Waugh
Att: 6,555

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

5 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:40

Jordan Robertson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +3:06

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham, Danny Livesey makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:27

Effort on goal by Jordan Robertson from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +0:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the right by-line, save by Adam Collin.

89:02

Frank Simek delivers the ball.

88:17

Shot by Lubomir Michalik. Blocked by Paul Reid.

87:54

Jordan Robertson challenges Frank Simek unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Noble.

86:57

A cross is delivered by Jon-Paul McGovern, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Shot on goal by Danny Livesey from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

86:17

Outswinging corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Jimmy Ryan makes a clearance. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by David Mirfin.

84:59

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Collin.

81:21

Jordan Cook sends in a cross, clearance by Cliff Byrne. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the outswinging corner, save by Sam Slocombe.

80:44

Josh Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Cook. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from left wing, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Madden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Miller.

77:04

David Mirfin takes a shot. Save made by Adam Collin.

76:21

Lubomir Michalik challenges Jordan Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Josh Walker.

75:45

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Ryan.

74:12

The referee blows for offside against Jordan Cook. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

70:39

A cross is delivered by Tom Taiwo, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

70:39 Substitution

Substitution Jon Parkin leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Duffy.

70:39

Paul Reid challenges Lee Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:53

Jon-Paul McGovern sends in a cross, David Mirfin makes a clearance.

68:32

Josh Walker takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Danny Livesey.

65:54

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the right by-line, save made by Adam Collin. Andrew Welsh delivers the ball, Paul Reid makes a clearance.

64:19 Substitution

Substitution (Carlisle) makes a substitution, with Andrew Welsh coming on for Francois Zoko.

64:19 Substitution

Substitution James Berrett leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Cook.

64:19

Francois Zoko is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

60:36

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

59:38

Jordan Robertson crosses the ball.

59:01

The ball is sent over by James Berrett.

57:20

Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by Adam Collin. Peter Murphy delivers the ball, comfortable save by Sam Slocombe.

55:18

Sam Togwell has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

53:06

A cross is delivered by James Berrett, clearance by Sam Togwell. Jon-Paul McGovern takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Cliff Byrne manages to make a clearance.

49:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson by Peter Murphy. Josh Walker produces a cross, Cliff Byrne takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Livesey.

47:10

Lee Miller fouled by Josh Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Lubomir Michalik has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Barcham on Jon-Paul McGovern. Lubomir Michalik takes the direct free kick.

43:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Lubomir Michalik. Free kick taken by Josh Walker.

38:36

James Berrett produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Jimmy Ryan gets a block in. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the outswinging corner, Cliff Byrne manages to make a clearance.

38:11

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern, clearance made by David Mirfin.

36:56

Effort on goal by Andy Barcham from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

36:25

Effort from 18 yards by Francois Zoko. Save by Sam Slocombe.

35:54

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern played to the near post, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.

34:37

Francois Zoko is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

34:06

Lee Miller fouled by Paul Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the direct free kick.

33:41

Foul by Jordan Robertson on Francois Zoko, free kick awarded. Adam Collin restarts play with the free kick.

32:47

Unfair challenge on Cliff Byrne by Lee Miller results in a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

31:14

Liam Noble has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

30:26

Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by David Mirfin results in a free kick. Jon-Paul McGovern restarts play with the free kick.

29:08

Headed effort from inside the area by Lubomir Michalik misses to the left of the target.

28:24

Jordan Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

26:02

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker played to the near post, clearance made by Frank Simek.

25:32

Peter Murphy challenges Jimmy Ryan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Reid restarts play with the free kick.

23:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Reid on Lee Miller. Jon-Paul McGovern crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Paul Reid by Lee Miller results in a free kick. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

22:00

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Ryan by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Josh Walker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

21:18

Jon-Paul McGovern delivers the ball, Francois Zoko takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

19:37

Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Lee Miller results in a free kick. Sam Togwell takes the direct free kick.

18:58

Centre by James Berrett, clearance by David Mirfin.

18:43

The ball is swung over by James Berrett, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.

16:56

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

16:26

Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Jordan Robertson results in a free kick. Adam Collin restarts play with the free kick.

14:23

Unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Lubomir Michalik results in a free kick. Paul Reid takes the direct free kick.

12:35

Jimmy Ryan sends in a cross, Frank Simek manages to make a clearance.

10:04

Shot by James Berrett from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

7:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Francois Zoko takes a shot. Paul Reid manages to make a clearance. Effort on goal by Danny Livesey from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

6:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Francois Zoko. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

3:52

Jimmy Ryan takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand upright.

2:05

Effort on goal by Jimmy Ryan from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

1:54

Jamie Reckord produces a cross, clearance by Peter Murphy.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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