Carlisle eased their relegation fears with a win over free-falling Bradford.

The Bantams, now without a win in 13 league games, went behind after their defence made a mess of clearing a corner and Lee Miller placed a skilful overhead kick into the net.

The hosts could have doubled their lead straight after half-time when David Amoo broke from the halfway line but lost control of the ball in the box.

Aaron McLean had chances to equalise but fired over and pulled a shot wide.

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Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"I felt proud, in the sense we've had a little bit of a difficult run. Picking the players up and coming up with a formula that was going to work tonight was difficult.

"Everything we did in the first half was about pressing the ball and keeping it away from our goal.

"In the second half, because of the position we are in in the league and because we were desperate for the win, we dropped and dropped and dropped a little bit deeper.

"I wasn't particularly pleased with that, but it was important we got over the line and I'm really pleased with that. It's another start and hopefully it's the start of another run."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Carlisle United

  • 18 Pickford
  • 39 Chimbonda Booked
  • 03 Robson
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 30 Meppen-Walter
  • 16 Potts
  • 21 Berrett
  • 09 Miller
  • 24 Redmond (Drennan - 74' )
  • 07 Amoo (Byrne - 67' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 08 Noble
  • 10 Ekangamene
  • 19 Symington
  • 20 Fleming
  • 25 Byrne
  • 29 Guy
  • 31 Drennan

Bradford City

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 02 Darby
  • 23 McArdle
  • 18 Jones
  • 22 Bates
  • 05 Davies
  • 11 Thompson (Bennett - 75' )
  • 04 Dolan (Doyle - 46' )
  • 09 Hanson (Gray - 80' )
  • 21 McLean
  • 28 Reach

Substitutes

  • 10 Gray
  • 12 Jameson
  • 16 McHugh
  • 24 Doyle
  • 27 McBurnie
  • 29 Atkinson
  • 32 Bennett
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 3,267

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

3 4

Corners

5 8

Fouls

15 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Carlisle United 1, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Bradford City 0.

90:00 +3:40

Brad Potts (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:40

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Bradford City).

90:00 +2:33

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:36

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:36

Foul by Andrew Davies (Bradford City).

89:15

Foul by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

89:15

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:46

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:46

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

84:12

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:12

Foul by Andrew Davies (Bradford City).

81:39

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:39

Foul by Aaron McLean (Bradford City).

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Gray replaces James Hanson.

79:06

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

79:06

(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:50

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

77:14

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:14

Foul by Rory McArdle (Bradford City).

76:22

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Matty Robson.

75:45

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

74:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Kyle Bennett replaces Garry Thompson.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Michael Drennan replaces Daniel Redmond.

73:38 Booking

Booking Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

73:17

Foul by Sam Byrne (Carlisle United).

73:17

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:07

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:10

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

67:50

Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Sam Byrne replaces David Amoo.

66:01

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:01

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

61:41

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United).

61:41

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:05

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

60:05

Garry Thompson (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:10

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:11

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

56:41

Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:41

Foul by Adam Reach (Bradford City).

55:12

Attempt missed. Gary Jones (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

53:10

Attempt missed. Nathan Doyle (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

52:22

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

52:02

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:26 Booking

Booking Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

50:13

Foul by Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United).

50:13

Matthew Bates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:35

Attempt blocked. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:41

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

46:12

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

45:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bradford City. Nathan Doyle replaces Matthew Dolan.

45:00

Second Half begins Carlisle United 1, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Bradford City 0.

45:00 +0:25

Foul by David Amoo (Carlisle United).

45:00 +0:25

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:55

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United).

44:55

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:42

Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

41:47

Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:47

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

40:12

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:12

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

39:55

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:54

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

38:54

Matthew Dolan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:04

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

34:48

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Daniel Redmond.

32:52

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Bradford City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:41

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

30:41

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:11

Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:11

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

29:41

Attempt missed. James Berrett (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

28:12

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

28:12

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:44

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

26:11

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

24:51

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

23:26

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Brad Potts.

22:27

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

21:51

Foul by Gary Jones (Bradford City).

21:51

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:29

Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:39

Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:39

Foul by James Berrett (Carlisle United).

19:36

Foul by Matthew Dolan (Bradford City).

19:36

Brad Potts (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:45

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

18:45

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:26

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:26

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United).

15:50

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Pascal Chimbonda.

14:40

Attempt blocked. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 1, Bradford City 0. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

12:32

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Garry Thompson.

9:54

Foul by Garry Thompson (Bradford City).

9:54

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:05

Foul by Adam Reach (Bradford City).

9:05

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:49

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

6:54

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:23

Matthew Dolan (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:23

Foul by Brad Potts (Carlisle United).

5:02

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

3:25

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:25

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

2:40

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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