Carlisle 4-2 Portsmouth

James Berrett

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.

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Carlisle win ridiculous - Abbott

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:

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Goals were preventable - Appleton

"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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