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Lady Luck smiles down on Abbott

30 December 2012

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott saw his side pick up their second win in four days against lowly Bury, but admitted they had ridden their luck in the 2-1 victory as the visitors staged a second-half fight back.

Carlisle made hard work of beating npower League One's second-bottom side. They led through Lee Miller's penalty and Matty Robson's strike in the first 10 minutes, but Steven Schumacher sparked a Bury response in the second half, which left Shakers feeling distinctly unlucky not to grab a share of the points.

Abbott said: "It was tough and I told the players to expect the Alamo and that's what they got. We didn't always deal with it well, but credit to the defence. They deserved a pat on the back. We possibly got our goals too early. We had a couple of chances to kill them off, but could not take them and rode our luck a bit."

Six points from the holiday programme have helped drag Carlisle away from the relegation struggle, but for a weary Bury outfit the defeat at Brunton Park left them further in trouble.

Bury manager Kevin Blackwell would love to add a couple of players to his squad to patch over problems in both boxes, but after his side had lost despite dominating the second half he admitted: "There is only so much you can do as a manager and we're crying out for the missing pieces in the jigsaw.

"There's not much wrong with the team, but we don't have control of what is happening at present."

Blackwell added: "When you concede goals like that and miss chances when you have had 60% of the game you get what you deserve and we got nothing because of that.

"We dominated the second half and it beggars belief the goals we conceded. We should have won the game, but we have dominated at most places and haven't got the players in the two boxes, it's as simple as that.

"Carlisle will accept they rode their luck towards the end, and it's the same situation time and time again. I feel for the players, but it's no good feeling sorry for yourself.

"The policies in the summer left us in terrible shape and half the side is loan players and young kids. We are embargoed and can't do anything at the moment. Tom Hopper is a tired player and it's on his mind at the moment. He had five or six chances and needs a rest - some of the players are crying out for a rest."

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