Carlisle boss Paul Simpson pleased to take point against impressive Peterborough

By Sports Desk October 03, 2023

Paul Simpson was delighted to see his Carlisle side take a point against “the best side we’ve come across this season” in Peterborough.

Jordan Gibson’s deflected strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time snatched the Cumbrians a point after Ronnie Edwards had opened the scoring 16 minutes from time.

Simpson told BBC Cumbria: “This was an outstanding working performance where we’ve had to work on all areas of our game.

“We had to weather a storm in the first half because Peterborough started like a house on fire. They are the best side we’ve come across this season. They are a strong football team for this level.

“But we stayed in the game. We rode our luck at times. The players worked their socks off. Towards the end of the first half we started to get some control in the game but we didn’t work the keeper enough.

“In the second half, we held our own. I’ve looked back at the videos and the penalty shouts we had were stonewall penalties. I got told during the game they were, but I had to bite my lip.

“We’re looking at four or five proper penalties we’ve been denied this season.

“I’m delighted with the character the boys have shown tonight. Jordan Gibson showed real bravery to get that final shot away. Yes, it took a deflection, who cares? But we absolutely deserved a point today.”

Peterborough’s assistant manager Kieran Scarff told BBC Cambridgeshire Sport: “Naturally frustrating, no doubt about that.

“It was a game we should have won, a game we deserved to win. There was a lot we were happy about with our performance. Through the game we got in some great positions and had loads of chances in the final third.

“We showed discipline for large spells of the game, but generally our possession was really good. Ultimately we showed a little bit of naivety at the end. They get lucky in the end with the deflection and three points turn into one.

“We started the game really well. We were working from a solid base of possession and the speed of our attack was good.

“The goal was just-reward for the detail we’re putting in to set-pieces and at long last Ronnie Edwards has his first goal for the club.

“It’s never easy in League One that you can dominate a game for 90 minutes, especially away from home. It takes discipline to maintain the belief in a young side, but the players did that. We have a team full of energy and it’s great to see that have an impact.”

Related items

  • Shaqiri confirms Switzerland retirement following Euro 2024 Shaqiri confirms Switzerland retirement following Euro 2024

    Xherdan Shaqiri has retired from international football following the end of Euro 2024, having made 125 appearances in 14 years for Switzerland. 

    Shaqiri played just twice at the tournament in Germany, featuring for 71 minutes for Murat Yakin's side in their group-stage win over Scotland and quarter-final defeat to England. 

    The former Liverpool forward, who now plays his football in the MLS with Chicago Fire, scored 32 times for his nation, 10 of which came at major tournaments. 

    His first appearance in an international tournament came at the 2014 World Cup, scoring the 50th hat-trick in the history of the competition against Honduras, becoming the second Swiss player after Josef Hugi in the 1954 World Cup to do so. 

    Shaqiri would score one of the most iconic goals in European Championship history two years later, scoring a bicycle kick from outside the box against Poland, a game they would go on to lose on penalties. 

    24 hours after England's defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 final, Shaqiri took to Instagram to announce his departure from the international stage. 

    "Seven tournaments, many goals, 14 years with the Swiss national team and unforgettable moments. It's time to say goodbye to the national team," Shaqiri wrote.

    "Great memories remain and I say to you all, thank you."



  • Kane pens emotional message to England supporters following Euro final defeat Kane pens emotional message to England supporters following Euro final defeat

    Harry Kane has penned an emotional message to England supporters following their Euro 2024 final defeat to Spain on Sunday. 

    Kane captained his country to back-to-back appearances in the showpiece fixture at the European Championships, but experienced the same outcome as he did at Wembley three years ago in Berlin. 

    Nico Williams had given La Roja the lead two minutes after the restart, only for Cole Palmer to level with England's fastsest ever goal from a substitute at the Euros.

    But it proved in vain as Mikel Oyarzabal netted his fifth conescutive goal from the bench late on to secure a record fourth title for Spain. 

    England became the first nation in European Championship history to lose consecutive finals, losing to Italy at Euro 2020 and Luis de la Fuente's side this time around.

    Despite sharing the Golden Boot with three goals, Kane endured an underwhelming tournament and was replaced on the hour-mark in the final by Ollie Watkins. 

    In the 181 minutes he played across both the Euro 2020 and 2024 finals, Kane had just one shot, one touch in the opposition box and had just 58 touches of the ball.

    The Bayern Munich striker's wait for a first trophy in his professional career goes on, having been a part of the Bundesliga club's first season without a trophy in 11 years. 

    Kane expressed his dissapointment of losing another major tournament final, posting to X a tribute to his teammates and England fans for their support in Germany. 

    It read: "Heartbroken we couldn’t achieve what we worked so hard to. It was a long tough tournament and I’m so proud of the boys and staff for getting to the final.

    "Ultimately we fell short of our target and will have to live with that but as we always do we will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and be ready to fight again in an England shirt.

    "Thank you to all the fans that believed in us and supported us to the very end!"

  • Thomas Muller announces Germany retirement Thomas Muller announces Germany retirement

    Thomas Muller has retired from international football following the end of Euro 2024, having represented Germany 131 times in 14 years.

    Muller played a minor role at Germany's home tournament, coming off the bench for a total of 58 minutes in their group-stage win over Scotland and their quarter-final defeat to Spain.

    The Bayern Munich legend, who turns 35 in September, scored 45 times for his country, winning the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Four years later, Muller netted five times as Germany won the 2014 World Cup, including a group-stage hat-trick versus Portugal and a goal in Die Nationalelf's memorable 7-1 semi-final rout of hosts Brazil.

    One day after Spain's final victory over England brought the curtain down on Euro 2024, Muller took to social media to announce the end of his international career.

    Alongside a video displaying his best moments in a Germany shirt, Muller wrote: "Hello, thank you very much for your fantastic support during my time with Germany."

    The German Football Association (DFB) also posted a montage of Muller's best moments on X, alongside the caption: "Unique on and off the pitch! We will miss you… Thank you for everything!"

    Muller is the second Germany great to exit the international arena in the wake of Euro 2024, with Toni Kroos retiring from all forms of football at the tournament's conclusion.

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.