Managerless Carlisle beat Sheffield United to claim their first League One win of the season.

Greg Abbot was dismissed as boss on Monday after they took just two points from their first six matches.

With assistant Graham Kavanagh in temporary charge, Matty Robson netted a second-half header to earn the Cumbrians a much needed victory.

The Blades, who have not won since the opening day of the season, spurned two chances to equalise in the second half.

Substitute Callum McFadzean's low cross from the left skidded across the six-yard box and the winger then laid on a chance for Michael Doyle, who lifted his shot high over the crossbar.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle United caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"The manager leaving on Monday was quite upsetting, He was incredibly dignified and gracious in the manner in which he left and the final thing he said to myself and the staff was, as a parting gesture, 'will you do the best to get us a win'.

"He [Greg Abbott] went and spoke to the group. He was a bit emotional and one or two felt like they had let him down.

"We got that great performance today and it's a victory that we all wanted, none more so than the players and the staff.

"I do want to take it forward, I would love to be given the opportunity.

"Today was about doing a job for the football club - asking the players if they could perform to the levels we ask them and to a man they did that.

"We got the result and we move forward and hopefully it's the start of bigger and better things."

Sheffield United manager David Weir told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was disappointing, frustrating and we're questioning a lot of things, questioning ourselves.

"We'll try to be honest with each other as we can and try to get to the position where by we're improving but at the minute it's very, very hard.

"The message I put across to the players and how they perform is my responsibility so I don't think it's the players' fault."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle

  • 01 Gillespie
  • 03 Robson
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 30 Archibald-Henville
  • 31 McSweeney
  • 07 Amoo
  • 08 Noble Booked (Potts - 88' )
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 21 Berrett Booked
  • 29 Guy (Townsend - 33' Booked )
  • 09 Miller Booked (Beck - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Fleming
  • 02 Townsend
  • 05 Livesey
  • 16 Potts
  • 14 Gillies
  • 19 Symington
  • 17 Beck

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 02 Westlake (Bunn - 76' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Baxter
  • 14 McGinn (McFadzean - 62' Booked )
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 24 Ironside (Taylor - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 20 McGinty
  • 17 Coady
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 35 Eyre
  • 10 Taylor
  • 21 Bunn
Ref: Bond
Att: 4,863

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

4 3

Corners

9 5

Fouls

17 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:16 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:26

David Amoo takes a shot. George Long parries the effort to safety.

90:00 +5:09

Sean O'Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +5:04

Free kick crossed by George Long.

90:00 +4:56

Conor Townsend receives a yellow card.

90:00 +4:56 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:40

Foul by Conor Townsend on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded.

90:00 +2:27

Matt Robson takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:59

Tony McMahon challenges Matt Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +1:04

Florent Cuvelier takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mark Gillespie parries the effort to safety.

90:00 +0:18

George Long restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by David Amoo.

89:57

Corner taken by James Berrett.

87:47 Substitution

Substitution Liam Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Brad Potts.

87:17

Chance falls to Troy Archibald-Henville who heads at goal. Parried by George Long back into danger.

87:05

Conor Townsend restarts play with the free kick.

86:46

Harry Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Beck.

84:15

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the left by-line.

83:59

Lyle Taylor sends in a cross.

83:41

Free kick taken by Neill Collins.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Mark Beck is brought on as a substitute for Lee Miller.

82:59

Booking for Lee Miller.

82:59 Booking

Booking

82:54

Lee Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire.

82:14

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon.

81:26

Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

81:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean O'Hanlon by Lyle Taylor.

80:31

Leon McSweeney takes the free kick.

80:22

Leon McSweeney fouled by Jose Baxter, the ref awards a free kick.

79:07

Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

79:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Matt Robson.

76:58

James Berrett restarts play with the free kick.

76:33

Foul by Neill Collins on Lee Miller, free kick awarded.

76:21

Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Harry Bunn is brought on as a substitute for Darryl Westlake.

73:50

Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.

73:43

The ball is swung over by James Berrett.

73:17

Michael Doyle has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

73:04

Callum McFadzean crosses the ball.

72:22

Free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

72:16

The official flags Darryl Westlake offside.

71:49

Callum McFadzean produces a cross.

70:34

Leon McSweeney makes a clearance.

70:20

Free kick crossed by Jose Baxter.

70:04

Unfair challenge on Callum McFadzean by David Amoo results in a free kick.

69:28

Troy Archibald-Henville manages to make a clearance.

69:21

Free kick taken by Jose Baxter.

69:11 Booking

Booking

69:11

James Berrett booked for unsporting behaviour.

69:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by James Berrett.

68:45

Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

68:38

Unfair challenge on Callum McFadzean by James Berrett results in a free kick.

68:07

George Long takes the free kick.

67:55

Matt Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Cuvelier.

66:29

Tony McMahon takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

64:13

Clearance by Harry Maguire.

64:07

The ball is crossed by David Amoo.

63:56

Leon McSweeney restarts play with the free kick.

63:40 Booking

Booking

63:40

Callum McFadzean shown a yellow card.

63:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon McSweeney by Callum McFadzean.

63:06

Clearance made by Matthew Hill.

63:00

Corner taken by James Berrett from the right by-line.

62:29

Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

62:22

Corner taken by James Berrett.

62:03

James Berrett takes the free kick.

61:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Thirlwell by Jose Baxter.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Callum McFadzean comes on in place of Stephen McGinn.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Lyle Taylor replaces Joe Ironside.

59:31

Clearance by Conor Townsend.

59:24

Darryl Westlake produces a cross.

56:34

Corner taken by Jose Baxter.

56:11

Clearance made by James Berrett.

56:03

Centre by Michael Doyle.

54:59

Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.

54:46 Booking

Booking

54:46

Liam Noble receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

54:39

Foul by Liam Noble on Jose Baxter, free kick awarded.

53:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Robson - Carlisle 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Matt Robson scores a headed goal. Carlisle 1-0 Sheff Utd.

53:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett.

52:42

Matt Robson takes a shot.

52:38

Matt Robson takes the free kick.

52:00 Booking

Booking

52:00

Harry Maguire shown a yellow card.

51:53

Unfair challenge on Matt Robson by Harry Maguire results in a free kick.

51:19

Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

51:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Miller.

51:01

Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

50:54

The ball is swung over by Leon McSweeney.

49:13

Free kick crossed by James Berrett.

49:01

Michael Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Berrett.

48:06

George Long takes the free kick.

47:58

Unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn by Lee Miller results in a free kick.

47:28

Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

47:17

Unfair challenge on James Berrett by Florent Cuvelier results in a free kick.

46:45

Tony McMahon produces a cross.

46:39

Free kick crossed by Tony McMahon.

46:26

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Guy.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:27 Half time

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

45:00 +2:05

Shot by Lee Miller. George Long safely holds on.

44:13

Paul Thirlwell makes a clearance.

43:53

George Long restarts play with the free kick.

43:43

James Berrett challenges Michael Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:18

Neill Collins makes a clearance.

43:14

The ball is delivered by Liam Noble.

42:43

Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

42:35

Corner taken by James Berrett from the right by-line.

41:58

Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

41:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Berrett by Michael Doyle.

40:42

Header at goal by Troy Archibald-Henville goes over the frame of the goal.

40:33

Corner taken by James Berrett.

40:21

Clearance made by Harry Maguire.

40:09

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett.

39:47

Matt Robson takes a shot.

38:26

Tony McMahon manages to make a clearance.

38:19

Leon McSweeney produces a cross.

38:01

Troy Archibald-Henville manages to make a clearance.

37:54

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

37:28

Stephen McGinn has an effort at goal. Mark Gillespie parries the effort to safety.

37:16

Sean O'Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

37:08

Matthew Hill delivers the ball.

36:38

George Long takes the free kick.

36:12

Foul by Matt Robson on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded.

33:39

Jose Baxter takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

32:05 Substitution

Substitution Conor Townsend comes on in place of Lewis Guy.

30:31

Leon McSweeney manages to make a clearance.

30:25

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon.

30:14

Clearance made by Matt Robson.

30:06

A cross is delivered by Florent Cuvelier.

28:33

Free kick taken by George Long.

28:16

Foul by Lee Miller on Neill Collins, free kick awarded.

28:02

Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

27:53

The offside flag is raised against Florent Cuvelier.

27:35

Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.

27:27

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon on Matthew Hill, free kick awarded.

27:04

Matt Robson restarts play with the free kick.

26:56

Unfair challenge on Leon McSweeney by Joe Ironside results in a free kick.

26:33

Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

26:21

Corner taken by James Berrett.

26:07

Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

26:00

David Amoo delivers the ball.

23:19

Matt Robson produces a cross.

21:17

Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

21:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett.

20:21

Neill Collins has an effort at goal. Mark Gillespie parries the ball away.

20:12

Corner taken by Jose Baxter.

19:44

Darryl Westlake takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

17:28

Clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.

17:19

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

16:58

Tony McMahon delivers the ball.

16:24

Shot by Joe Ironside.

15:50

George Long restarts play with the free kick.

15:41

The referee blows for offside.

15:25

Troy Archibald-Henville takes the free kick.

15:16

Stephen McGinn challenges Lee Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick.

14:46

Clearance by Leon McSweeney.

14:38

The ball is delivered by Darryl Westlake.

14:28

Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

14:18

Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville on Joe Ironside, free kick awarded.

10:51

George Long takes the free kick.

10:39

Foul by Lee Miller on Harry Maguire, free kick awarded.

10:30

Clearance by Harry Maguire.

10:23

Free kick crossed by Leon McSweeney.

10:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Cuvelier on James Berrett.

8:40

A cross is delivered by David Amoo.

6:28

Liam Noble has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

6:17

Clearance by Neill Collins.

6:08

Matt Robson takes the free kick.

5:48

Michael Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller.

5:01

Matt Robson manages to make a clearance.

4:54

Michael Doyle crosses the ball in from the free kick.

4:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ironside by Sean O'Hanlon.

0:00

The match begins.

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