Promotion-chasing Sheffield United were held to their third consecutive goalless draw at Bramall Lane by a determined 10-man Carlisle.

The visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time when Liam Noble's drive hit the post.

Blades loanee Jonathan Forte should have scored midway through the second half but scuffed his shot wide.

Sean O'Hanlon was dismissed for a second yellow card as the hosts pushed for a winner but Carlisle held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The players in the system that Carlisle applied today is very difficult to breakdown.

"I make no excuses for not breaking them down, you need a shade of luck at times and we didn't have it.

"We've had a couple of great opportunities in front of goal and not taken them and it happens.

"The positive from where I'm sat is that we've moved up a place."

Carlisle United manager Gregg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"I'm disappointed we didn't get three points. On performance and chances and general play I thought we were excellent.

"It was only the last 15 minutes where a referee decides to get involved with a game that he doesn't need to get involved in and stops our momentum.

"If O'Hanlon is going to get sent off for that, there could've been eight sendings off in the game when there shouldn't have even been a yellow card. It was a terrific game with spirit and determination - not one bad tackle in the whole of the game and he decides to get involved and make a decision that we're talking about.

I don't even want to talk about him because it's that bad that I don't think you'll ever have an eleven versus eleven if that's what you're getting sent off for. Technically he's probably correct, but practically he wants shooting."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill (Higginbotham - 46' )
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon Booked
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald
  • 19 Robson
  • 14 Kitson (Ironside - 63' )
  • 16 Forte
  • 22 Poleon (Murphy - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 09 Porter
  • 23 Murphy
  • 24 Ironside

Carlisle

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 02 Simek
  • 05 Livesey
  • 22 Mustoe Booked
  • 23 O'Hanlon Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 McGovern (Manset - 83' )
  • 07 Welsh (Murphy - 77' Booked )
  • 08 Noble
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 21 Berrett
  • 14 Miller

Substitutes

  • 01 Collin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 16 Potts
  • 09 Loy
  • 10 Manset
  • 11 Cadamarteri
  • 17 Beck
Ref: Hill
Att: 19,005

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

7 4

Corners

7 2

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:59

Centre by Barry Robson, Neill Collins takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

90:00 +4:19

Danny Higginbotham produces a cross, Tony McMahon takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

90:00 +3:49

Kevin McDonald crosses the ball, clearance by Paul Thirlwell.

90:00 +3:04

Michael Doyle sends in a cross, save made by Mark Gillespie.

90:00 +2:19

Tony McMahon fouled by Lee Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

90:00 +1:02

Jonathan Forte produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +0:18

Harry Maguire challenges Peter Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

89:59

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, Paul Thirlwell makes a clearance.

89:49

Centre by Danny Higginbotham, blocked by Frank Simek.

88:28

Danny Higginbotham takes the direct free kick.

88:28 Booking

Booking Booking for Peter Murphy for unsporting behaviour.

88:21

Peter Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ironside.

87:37

Joe Ironside concedes a free kick for a foul on James Berrett. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

86:34

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Gillespie.

83:35

Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by James Berrett.

83:05

Joe Ironside takes a shot. Peter Murphy gets a block in.

82:06 Substitution

Substitution Mathieu Manset on for Jon-Paul McGovern.

81:52

Effort on goal by Michael Doyle from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

81:41

The ball is crossed by Barry Robson, James Berrett manages to make a clearance.

81:31

Danny Higginbotham crosses the ball.

80:10 Booking

Booking Jordan Mustoe is given a yellow card.

77:54

Barry Robson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

77:41

Jamie Murphy sends in a cross, Jordan Mustoe manages to make a clearance.

77:08

The ball is crossed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Liam Noble takes a shot. Save made by George Long.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Peter Murphy is brought on as a substitute for Andy Welsh.

74:30

The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, clearance by Frank Simek.

74:21

Kevin McDonald delivers the ball.

73:57

Jamie Murphy produces a cross, clearance by Danny Livesey.

73:10

Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

73:10 Dismissal

Dismissal Sean O'Hanlon is shown a red card for second bookable offence.

72:59

Unfair challenge on Joe Ironside by Sean O'Hanlon results in a free kick.

71:38

Michael Doyle challenges James Berrett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

70:56

Frank Simek produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Sean O'Hanlon misses to the right of the target.

69:58

Foul by Joe Ironside on Frank Simek, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

66:52

Effort from inside the area by Jonathan Forte misses to the right of the target.

65:29

Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Harry Maguire results in a free kick. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

64:01

Liam Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Joe Ironside comes on in place of Dave Kitson.

62:27

Jon-Paul McGovern crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.

61:45

Lee Miller fouled by Harry Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Mustoe takes the free kick.

61:15

Michael Doyle has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

61:04

Jonathan Forte produces a cross, clearance by Jordan Mustoe.

59:31

The ball is crossed by Andy Welsh, clearance by Harry Maguire.

58:56

Centre by Kevin McDonald.

58:02

Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Jordan Mustoe restarts play with the free kick.

56:08

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern, George Long makes a save.

55:41

Tony McMahon produces a cross, Mark Gillespie makes a save.

53:29

A cross is delivered by Jordan Mustoe.

52:19

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line, clearance made by Frank Simek.

52:09

Barry Robson crosses the ball, Danny Livesey makes a clearance.

51:31

Jonathan Forte delivers the ball.

49:16

Barry Robson delivers the ball, clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.

48:43

Lee Miller is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

46:54

The ball is sent over by Jamie Murphy, Mark Gillespie makes a save.

46:00

Dave Kitson challenges Paul Thirlwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Hill goes off and Danny Higginbotham comes on.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Jamie Murphy coming on for Dominic Poleon.

45:00 +1:53 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:11

Jonathan Forte produces a cross, Frank Simek gets a block in.

44:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jon-Paul McGovern, clearance made by Jonathan Forte.

43:59

Liam Noble has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

43:47

Andy Welsh sends in a cross, clearance made by Matthew Hill.

43:35

James Berrett takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Collins.

42:25

Free kick crossed by Barry Robson.

42:25 Booking

Booking Sean O'Hanlon receives a caution.

41:53

Sean O'Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson.

41:13

The offside flag is raised against Andy Welsh. George Long takes the indirect free kick.

40:36

Jonathan Forte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon-Paul McGovern. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

39:11

Effort on goal by Kevin McDonald from 18 yards. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

37:11

Barry Robson takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

36:28

Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, James Berrett makes a clearance.

36:12

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Mark Gillespie.

34:59

Matthew Hill produces a cross, clearance by Jon-Paul McGovern.

34:34

The ball is delivered by Kevin McDonald, clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.

32:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Andy Welsh. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from left wing, clearance by Matthew Hill.

30:00

Dominic Poleon is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

29:01 Booking

Booking Tony McMahon is shown a yellow card.

28:41

Jon-Paul McGovern handles the ball and concedes a free kick. George Long restarts play with the free kick.

28:32

A cross is delivered by Frank Simek.

25:57

The ball is crossed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

25:38

Corner taken short by Jon-Paul McGovern.

25:26

Jon-Paul McGovern takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in.

24:54

Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Noble. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

24:28

Barry Robson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Gillespie takes the direct free kick.

24:15

Jonathan Forte sends in a cross.

23:01

Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, Harry Maguire has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

22:49

Tony McMahon produces a cross, blocked by Mark Gillespie.

21:31

The ball is crossed by Frank Simek, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

20:46

Andy Welsh takes a shot. Save made by George Long.

18:53

Harry Maguire has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.

17:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte by Sean O'Hanlon. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.

17:04

Barry Robson takes a outswinging corner.

16:55

The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, Frank Simek manages to make a clearance.

16:12

Barry Robson takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a comfortable save.

15:17

Corner taken by Barry Robson played to the near post, save made by Mark Gillespie.

14:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Paul Thirlwell. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.

13:36

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by George Long.

12:52

Handball decision goes against Tony McMahon. Jordan Mustoe delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance made by Michael Doyle.

12:06

Jonathan Forte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean O'Hanlon. Mark Gillespie takes the direct free kick.

11:44

The official flags Dominic Poleon offside. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

11:22

Tony McMahon takes a shot.

10:48

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

9:45

Jon-Paul McGovern produces a cross, Andy Welsh has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

8:18

Frank Simek challenges Dominic Poleon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Gillespie makes a save.

7:09

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Sean O'Hanlon.

5:24

The offside flag is raised against Andy Welsh. Indirect free kick taken by George Long.

3:42

Andy Welsh fouled by Tony McMahon, the ref awards a free kick. Jon-Paul McGovern takes the direct free kick.

1:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Welsh on Tony McMahon. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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