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.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

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."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Carlisle

  • 01 Collin
  • 02 Simek
  • 03 Robson Booked
  • 05 Livesey
  • 06 Murphy
  • 04 McGovern Booked
  • 08 Noble Booked
  • 21 Berrett
  • 24 Chantler
  • 11 Cadamarteri (Madden - 76' )
  • 23 Jervis

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 15 Edwards
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 16 Potts
  • 19 Symington
  • 10 Madden
  • 17 Beck

Portsmouth

  • 01 Andersen
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley Booked
  • 04 Long Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 14 Connolly Booked
  • 22 Webster (Obita - 35' )
  • 06 Walker
  • 08 Howard
  • 09 McLeod (Clifford - 77' )
  • 10 Rodgers (Harris - 77' )
  • 11 Compton

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Obita
  • 17 Clifford
  • 21 Harris
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 5,120

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

6 1

Corners

3 4

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:08 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Paddy Madden - Carlisle 4 - 2 Portsmouth Paddy Madden grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Carlisle 4-2 Portsmouth.

90:00 +4:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Jervis by Paul Connolly. Direct free kick taken by Chris Chantler.

90:00 +2:03

Jack Compton provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Conor Clifford - Carlisle 3 - 2 Portsmouth Conor Clifford finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Carlisle 3-2 Portsmouth.

90:00 +2:03

Centre by Jack Compton,

90:00 +1:11 Goal scored

Goal! - James Berrett - Carlisle 3 - 1 Portsmouth James Berrett scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Carlisle 3-1 Portsmouth.

89:19

Assist on the goal came from Liam Walker.

89:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Harris - Carlisle 2 - 1 Portsmouth Ashley Harris finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Carlisle 2-1 Portsmouth.

88:31

Corner from right by-line crossed in by Liam Walker,

87:32

Free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

87:32 Booking

Booking Booking for Paul Connolly for unsporting behaviour.

86:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Connolly on Liam Noble.

83:24

Jake Jervis fouled by Kevin Long, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Murphy. Effort on goal by Conor Clifford from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

83:39 Dismissal

Dismissal Kevin Long sent off.

82:14

Paddy Madden takes a shot.

81:50

Brian Howard takes a shot. Save made by Adam Collin.

81:24

Brian Howard fouled by Paddy Madden, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

80:32

Jack Compton sends in a cross.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Ashley Harris coming on for Luke Rodgers.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Conor Clifford replaces Izale McLeod.

75:01 Substitution

Substitution Paddy Madden is brought on as a substitute for Danny Cadamarteri.

73:25

Jordan Obita takes a shot.

73:25 Booking

Booking Jon-Paul McGovern goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

73:03

Jon-Paul McGovern challenges Jon Harley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Walker takes the direct free kick.

71:09

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jordan Obita, Liam Noble challenges Liam Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Walker.

69:48

Jack Compton takes a shot.

66:44

Unfair challenge on Danny Livesey by Izale McLeod results in a free kick. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

66:09

Jake Jervis takes a shot.

65:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Rodgers on Peter Murphy. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

62:49

The offside flag is raised against Matt Robson. Mikkel Andersen restarts play with the free kick.

62:16

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jon-Paul McGovern.

61:40

Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Cadamarteri. Free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

60:44 Booking

Booking Matt Robson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

60:35

Foul by Matt Robson on Mustapha Dumbuya, free kick awarded. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.

59:25

Danny Livesey makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Compton from the left by-line.

55:58

Matt Robson takes a shot.

55:27

The ball is sent over by Jordan Obita, Danny Livesey makes a clearance.

54:57 Booking

Booking Liam Noble receives a yellow card.

54:35

Foul by Peter Murphy on Izale McLeod, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Walker.

52:27

The ball is crossed by Jake Jervis, save by Mikkel Andersen. Foul by Kevin Long on Jake Jervis, free kick awarded. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the direct free kick. Effort on goal by Izale McLeod from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

47:48

The assist for the goal came from Jon-Paul McGovern.

47:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Livesey - Carlisle 2 - 0 Portsmouth Danny Livesey grabs a headed goal from close in. Carlisle 2-0 Portsmouth.

45:38

Jake Jervis takes a shot. Save made by Mikkel Andersen. Corner from right by-line crossed in by Jon-Paul McGovern,

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:39 Booking

Booking Kevin Long receives a caution.

44:32

The ball is crossed by Jon Harley, Adam Collin makes a clearance. Unfair challenge on James Berrett by Kevin Long results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

41:39

James Berrett takes a shot. Save made by Mikkel Andersen.

40:52

Izale McLeod concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Livesey. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

39:37 Booking

Booking The referee books Jon Harley for unsporting behaviour.

39:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Harley on Jake Jervis. Free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

37:53

Jon-Paul McGovern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

37:29

Danny Cadamarteri is ruled offside. Kevin Long takes the direct free kick.

37:08

Luke Rodgers is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Collin takes the direct free kick.

36:35

James Berrett takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen.

35:41

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern, Izale McLeod manages to make a clearance.

34:49 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Obita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Webster.

33:07

Unfair challenge on Jack Compton by Jon-Paul McGovern results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard. Jack Compton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Danny Cadamarteri.

32:12

Danny Cadamarteri delivers the ball, Jake Jervis concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikkel Andersen. Mikkel Andersen takes the free kick.

31:25

Luke Rodgers takes a shot.

29:58

The ball is sent over by Matt Robson.

28:04

Izale McLeod takes a shot.

26:37

The offside flag is raised against Danny Cadamarteri. Adam Webster restarts play with the free kick.

24:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Izale McLeod on Peter Murphy. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

23:11

The ball is swung over by Jack Compton, Chris Chantler manages to make a clearance.

22:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Izale McLeod. Adam Collin takes the direct free kick.

18:56

The ball is crossed by Danny Cadamarteri, Peter Murphy takes a shot. Paul Connolly gets a block in.

16:33

Unfair challenge on Chris Chantler by Mustapha Dumbuya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Berrett.

14:35

Paul Connolly concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Jervis. Jon-Paul McGovern restarts play with the free kick.

12:45

Assist on the goal came from Jon-Paul McGovern.

12:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Jervis - Carlisle 1 - 0 Portsmouth Jake Jervis finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Carlisle 1-0 Portsmouth.

12:45

The ball is crossed by Jon-Paul McGovern,

12:12

Adam Webster fouled by Jake Jervis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

11:04

The ball is swung over by Chris Chantler, save by Mikkel Andersen.

9:43

Jake Jervis takes a shot.

8:44

Liam Walker takes a shot.

7:46

Foul by Jon-Paul McGovern on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.

5:30

The ball is swung over by Danny Cadamarteri, Mikkel Andersen makes a save. Foul by Paul Connolly on Jake Jervis, free kick awarded. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the direct free kick. Frank Simek concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Rodgers. Liam Walker takes the free kick.

3:34

Paul Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Jervis. Matt Robson takes the direct free kick.

0:56

Jake Jervis takes a shot.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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