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Mark Yates hails goalkeeper Trevor Carson after draw

20 August 2014

Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Trevor Carson was hailed by his manager after he produced a man of the match display to help his side earn a 0-0 draw with Carlisle.

Boss Mark Yates snapped up the shotstopper from the Shakers earlier this summer on a free transfer and he was a crucial figure throughout with a string of fine stops.

"Trev's made a great save at the end," the Robins boss said. "There were a couple of saves when we needed him. We have a good keeper, we know that, but we are also defending better than we have done.

"Last year we would have been beaten 1-0 in the last minute but the resilience is there in abundance along with the fighting spirit. The fans have seen that they are desperate to keep clean sheets and do well.

"We had a glorious late chance with Koby [Arthur] but that was all we did do tonight and a goal then would probably have been harsh on them. But in terms of determination, guts and effort I can't fault the players.

"It was an entertaining 0-0. Kav [Graham Kavanagh] had got them fired up. I know he was disappointed with his players on Saturday and I think he got a great response from them. We knew that was going to happen and we had to try and match it.

"But we have seven points out of nine and we'll settle for that."

Carson needed to be at his best to keep out a fierce Jack Marriott effort midway through the first half and he then denied the same player, on loan from Ipswich, halfway through the second period.

After Koby Arthur had dragged an 89th minute effort across the face of goal for the Robins, the visitors thought they had snatched victory only for Billy Paynter's injury time effort to be ruled out for offside.

Carlisle manager Kavanagh said: "I'll have a look again and if he is offside then I'll apologise but I thought we scored a perfectly legitimate goal at the end.

"But football can be cruel at times and on another night we certainly would have won the game.

"I thought Saturday's performance was nowhere near good enough so I was looking for a reaction and I thought we were well worth the win. I'm obviously disappointed that we didn't get it but there were loads of positives.

"We were piling forward looking for a winner at the end. In the game we had all the chances and their goalkeeper has got man of the match. He has made a great save from Jack Marriott and one or two good saves from long-range.

"If we get that performance on a consistent basis then we will end up where we want to be."

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