Carlisle United boss Keith Millen can’t believe his side came away with nothing from Mansfield Town after gutsy fightback

Carlisle United boss Keith Millen could not believe his side failed to score or gain any reward after their gutsy fightback in tonight's 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

By John Lomas
Tuesday, 7th December 2021, 11:05 pm
Carlisle United manager Keith Millen.
Carlisle United manager Keith Millen.

Stags faded after a bright start in which Stephen McLaughlin scored the winner and struggling United rose to the challenge, came close and hit the bar at the death.

Mansfield started really well and overloaded us in the midfield area which caused us problems,” said Millen.

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“When they get passing and moving they're a dangerous side.

“We couldn't get to grips with them and them scoring after six minutes was a tough blow.

“We were all over the place in our heads and when we won the ball it was like a hot potato.

“But when we did we opened them up. Mansfield are good in possession but they do leave themselves quite open when when win it.

“When we got to grips and calmed down we created a few opportunities.

“We were then excellent in the second half and on the front foot.”

He added: “There were so many incidents, how we've not scored is beyond belief.

“It's frustrating. When you're playing well and working hard and not getting the results it's tough to take.

“But that's the situation we are in and we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to remember we're doing a lot of good things, but something has to change and I don't know what it is.”