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Abbott lauds Noble late show

7 October 2012

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott hailed super-sub Liam Noble after his stoppage-time strike snatched a 2-1 win over Walsall at the Banks's Stadium.

Noble came on in the 85th minute and had already hit a post by the time he coolly rounded Saddlers goalkeeper Karl Darlow and shot low into the empty net.

Abbott said: "He can play, and he's probably the best we have in that situation to score It was a fantastic game of football and a terrific advert for League One, with both sides trying to win the game.

"I think we had that bit extra power, strength and experience with 24 and 25-year-olds rather than the 19 and 20-year-olds of Walsall, and that might be the problem they will have through the season in getting consistency.

"But I have a lot of time for Dean (Smith, Walsall manager) and his staff for what they are trying to do, with finances. It's difficult but he's doing a great job."

Walsall took the lead in the 18th minute with a brilliant goal. At the end of a flowing counter-attack, Florent Cuvelier crossed low to George Bowerman who dummied over the ball leaving Jamie Paterson to drive in his second goal of the season.

But Carlisle responded with some dangerous raids featuring lively winger Matty Robson and deserved their equaliser after 29 minutes. Referee Carl Boyeson ignored their pleas for a free-kick and waved play on, which enabled Kallum Higginbotham to break down the right and cross for Joe Garner to head in.

Saddlers boss Smith said: "We never deserved to win the game, but we should not have lost it.

"To be honest I thought some of the lads looked a bit jaded in the second half, and Carlisle had their midweek game at Bury called off, which helped them to be more energised.

"George (Bowerman) had a fantastic chance to make it 2-1, but I'm disappointed with the last 10 minutes when it was end-to-end and we lacked organisation. If you are not going to win the game, you don't lose it. We have lost two on the spin but that shouldn't detract from the football we are trying to play."

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