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Carlisle United 2-0 Southend United
Mark Molesley offered a crumb of comfort following an improved performance from his Southend United side, but ultimately it was an all too familiar outcome as hosts Carlisle United plundered the Sky bet League Two points thanks to first-half goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode in front of a ‘pilot’ crowd of 1,000 at Brunton Park.
“We’re obviously disappointed and we’re hurting,’ the Blues boss bemoaned.
“That feeling will never leave us and should never leave us. At the same time, the lads have given everything out there; they’re certainly working their socks off but we’ve just come up a little bit short today.
“I felt we started the game really brightly and fashioned a few good openings. The first goal was always going to be key with us both having opening day defeats and unfortunately a ricochet off the shot from the edge of the area.
Molesley added: “There were probably things we could have done better in the lead-up, but we found ourselves 1-0 down, and then we were done on the counter-attack.
“We had a good attacking opportunity ourselves; we’ve lost the ball on the edge of their area, they’ve attacked and shown they are very athletic and lively up front and they got the second goal. First half we had a good start, some disappointing moments and then – second half – we huffed and puffed a little bit but didn’t quite create enough.”
Carlisle United: Farman, Ranner, Anderton (Capt), Hayden, Guy, Patrick (Walker 74’), Mellish (Alessandra 70’), McDonald, Kayode, Furman, Toure (Reilly 84’) Subs not used: Dewhurst, Devine, Hunt, Riley
Southend United: Oxley (Capt), Bwomono, Ralph, McCormack (Gard 60’), Hobson, Green, Goodship (Kinali 81’), Egbri, Hutchinson, Taylor, Kelman (Clifford 71’) Subs not used: Seaden, Phillips, Rush
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Mark Cunliffe and Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official: Andrew Miller
(Quotes courtesy of www.southendunited.co.uk)