Match ends, Carlisle United 3, Accrington Stanley 1.
Carlisle closed the gap on the League Two play-off places with a 3-1 win over Accrington - the Lancashire side's fifth successive defeat.
Jamie Devitt's early goal was cancelled out by a Billy Kee penalty, before substitute Shaun Miller and skipper Danny Grainger settled the outcome in Carlisle's favour.
The Cumbrians struck the first blow in the 11th minute when Hallam Hope held off two defenders on the right of the box before slipping a pass through to Devitt who coolly drove his shot across goalkeeper Aaron Chapman and into the far corner.
More skilful work by Hope gave Devitt a clear chance to double his and Carlisle's advantage, but this time he lifted his shot over the crossbar from close range.
An error from Devitt, whose back-pass fell short of goalkeeper Jack Bonham, presented Stanley striker Mallik Wilks with a clear chance before the break, but Bonham sprinted out to the edge of his area to block the shot.
Within two minutes of the restart Stanley were level from the penalty spot after Tom Parkes had fouled Kayden Jackson close to the byline. Kee stepped up to hammer the spot-kick past Bonham.
Carlisle regained the lead in the 78th minute with a spectacular effort from Miller, who took a pass from Reggie Lambe and hit a volley from just inside the box which gave Chapman no chance.
Mike Jones hit a post as Carlisle went in search of a third goal and it duly arrived in the 83rd minute when Grainger pounced inside the area to slot home after Hope's shot had been blocked.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 17BrownSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 66'minutes
- 19LambeSubstituted forEtuhuat 79'minutes
- 14BennettSubstituted forMillerat 66'minutes
- 29KeeBooked at 65mins
- 19WilksSubstituted forOgleat 79'minutes
- Steve Martin
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 3, Accrington Stanley 1.
Gary Liddle (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley).
Tom Parkes (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley).
Attempt saved. Kayden Jackson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Shaun Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Reagan Ogle (Accrington Stanley).
Foul by Tom Parkes (Carlisle United).
Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Carlisle United 3, Accrington Stanley 1. Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Michael Jones (Carlisle United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).
Hand ball by Shaun Miller (Carlisle United).
Hand ball by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).
Substitution, Carlisle United. Kelvin Etuhu replaces Reggie Lambe.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Reagan Ogle replaces Mallik Wilks.