Carlisle defeated Portsmouth in a six-goal thriller at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians went 2-0 ahead through headers from Jake Jervis and Danny Livesey, before Portsmouth had Ben Long sent off for a second yellow.

The game looked to be over but Pompey's Ashley Harris's injury-time header began a goal rush, with James Berrett's strike restoring the two-goal lead.

And despite a Conor Clifford shot giving the visitors hope of a comeback, Paddy Madden ensured United victory.


Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott tells BBC Radio Cumbria:

"It was ridiculous wasn't it? As a manager, Michael (Appleton) and myself would've probably rather it end at 2-0.

"We never do things easy do we? And I think there's a bit of anxiety about getting your first league win.

"We'll probably move up to mid table and it looks a lot better than it did last week.

"Was it a perfect fluent football performance? - I don't think it was, not by quite a way.

"But it was exciting, it was honest, it was littered with mistakes and it was littered with good play. The key is we got four goals, we could have had a few more and they could have had a couple."

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton tells BBC Radio Solent:

"I think you learn more from your defeats than you do your good performances and picking up results.

"Hopefully we'll have more good days than bad days but this is a bad day for us.

"At times we played some good stuff, towards the end of the game we were a little bit free flowing and having a go at it, but you've got to earn the right to play and we never earned the right to play today."

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