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Both bosses hail Gillespie

16 September 2012

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio and Carlisle counterpart Greg Abbott were full of praise for the Cumbrians' goalkeeper Mark Gillespie after a 2-2 draw at Brunton Park.

Gillespie, making just his third start for Carlisle, walked away with the man of the match award after a series of fine saves to deny Di Canio's men, his best two minutes from time to deny substitute Gary Roberts.

While Abbott was glad to come away with a share of the spoils, Di Canio was left frustrated by his side's failure to nail down what he felt should have been a convincing win.

"The Carlisle keeper made a fantastic save from Roberts at the end," said Di Canio.

Abbott added: "We know what Mark Gillespie can do. He made some terrific saves and we needed him."

Carlisle's on loan Birmingham striker Jake Jervis was on target twice in an all-action opening period. His first goal in the 14th minute following a bad error by Robins' skipper Alan McCormack.

Adam Rooney fired Swindon level, then Jervis scored his second with a blistering shot before Paul Benson raced clear to slot the ball home from 10 yards - the third goal in a four-minute spell.

Abbott was less complimentary about his central defenders, saying: "We could have won 2-0 if they had defended properly.

"But sometimes you have to be realistic about situations and in the circumstances I'm happy with a point. We don't have the resources that Swindon have. We had some kids out there who are on peanuts, but we battled and scrapped.''

Di Canio admitted: "We are a work in progress, but I'm disappointed we did not make more of our chances. Carlisle had two shots and two goals which both came from bad defensive mistakes by us."


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