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Abbott thrilled with comeback

Abbott thrilled with comeback (©PAphotos)
Abbott thrilled with comeback (©PAphotos).

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott was a relieved man after his side came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Oldham.

First-half strikes from Aidan White and Chris Taylor put the Latics 2-0 ahead but Carlisle rescued a point thanks to Francois Zoko and a 90th-minute penalty from James Berrett after Paul Black fouled Ben Marshall in the penalty area.

Abbott admitted: "It's a relief to get a draw after being 2-0 down as average as we were and playing as well as they did. You have to be delighted to come out of the game with something."

He added: "Oldham came out with energy and youth and stopped us in our tracks. We had to dig in and find that performance in the second half. It's like a win to us and it was important to keep our momentum and belief going.''

Carlisle relied on a hotly disputed penalty three minutes into added time to grab a share of the points following a trip on Marshall.

Abbott claimed: "It was a blatant penalty.''

Oldham manager Paul Dickov was disappointed with the referee's decision to award Carlisle a last-gasp spot-kick.

Dickov said: "The referee said he made an honest decision and took the word of his linesman. The flag went up very quickly. There was contact but whether it was a foul or not it was outside the box.''

Dickov said: "I thought we were excellent in the first half especially. We played some great stuff and scored two great goals and could easily have had more.''

He added: "We played very well for long periods today. Up until their first goal Ben Amos didn't have a save to make. Our attacking play was excellent and they could not handle our front players at times.''

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Chris Taylor
Paul Black
Ben Amos
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Paul Dickov
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Aidan White
Paul Black
Ben Marshall
Carlisle United
Oldham Athletic
Wigan Athletic
James Berrett

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