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Brunton Park (ATT 4,055) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Swindon Town Swindon

Carlisle 1

G Madine (38)
J Berrett (S/O 90+4)

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Madine the returning hero

Last Updated: 05/04/14 6:48pm

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Gary Madine: Put in a sparkling display

Gary Madine: Put in a sparkling display

Carlisle ended a winless run of eight games to boost their survival hopes with a 1-0 win over Swindon, whose play-off hopes took a hit.

Carlisle's hero was their former striker Gary Madine, who marked his first home appearance since rejoining on loan from Sheffield Wednesday with a sparkling performance capped with the decisive first-half goal.

Madine was the home side's main threat from the start, forcing a brilliant save from Wes Foderingham with a thumping header from James Berrett's corner.

He grabbed Carlisle's first goal in four home games in the 38th minute, turning to slot a low right-footed shot past Foderingham from six yards after a driving run by Brad Potts, who cut the ball back to the striker from the right of goal,

Swindon had to be content with a couple of speculative long-range efforts from Jack Stephens and Michael Smith as they failed to make the most of their first-half possession.

But Robins showed a more direct approach after the break and it took a combination of good work by Jordan Pitchford and some weak finishing to prevent an equaliser.

The goalkeeper was alert to turn away an Alex Smith free-kick then Michael Smith and substitute Alex Pritchard both fired shots straight at Pitchford when they might have done better.

Carlisle had to play the final minute of added time without Berrett, who was sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Louis Thompson.

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1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4