Gary Megson was relieved to get his first victory as Sheffield Wednesday manager as the Yorkshire club recorded a first win in 11 games with a 1-0 victory against Carlisle.
Wednesday frustrated a Carlisle side lacking in creative ideas and played to preserve the 20th-minute lead given to them by Tommy Miller, who crashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from close range.
Megson said: "That's our first win for goodness knows how long in the league and it's a big plus for us to have kept two consecutive clean sheets."
He added: "I'm delighted with the players' honesty because they looked a little bit jaded and we will have a couple of days off.
"After five games away on the trot everyone is sick of being on the bus and we need a break from the travelling, which takes it out of you."
Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott said: "Sometimes you've got to give credit to the opposition. They are a very good side and came here to stop us playing and defended with 10 men behind the ball. They came and did the job.
"They got the early goal and it supports the system they were playing. We got a lot of basics wrong and couldn't find the quality to break them down.
"We need a different option which is something we've been looking at to get more width. We looked edgy and our inexperience showed."
Carlisle full-back Frank Simek summed up the home team's frustration.
The former Wednesday player said: "They got their goal and set up shop. But they came with a game plan and it worked. Our passing was not very good and we didn't play very well."
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