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The City Ground (ATT 28,487) 3rd March 2008 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Atkinson

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Carlisle pounce on Smith gaffe

Cumbrians up to second as Graham strike defeats Forest

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 03/03/08 9:52pm

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Graham: Vital strike

Graham: Vital strike

An error by Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith saw Carlisle United climb to second in League One as they claimed a 1-0 success at the City Ground.

Forest and The Cumbrians headed into Monday evening's encounter aware that victory would see one of them rise into the automatic promotion places.

And it was John Ward's men that ran out victors as they put in a steely defensive display with Danny Graham scoring the only goal of the game in the 71st minute.

Both sides began the game full of endeavour; however clear-cut chances were few and far between early on as the players struggled to find their range.

But Forest soon began to create, and Kris Commons threatened twice in a matter of minutes - striking an effort down the throat of goalkeeper Kieran Westwood before twisting on the edge of the area and firing wide.

Composure

Carlisle responded though, capitalising on a Kelvin Wilson error; but Grant Smith lacked composure as he blazed over from inside the area.

Goalscoring opportunities continued to present themselves, and the home side went mighty close when Julian Bennett's close-range header was expertly tipped over by Westwood in the 27th minute.

With the first half drawing to a close, Forest had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson after Grant Holt appeared to make contact with Evan Horwood just inside the penalty area.

Five minutes into the second period Marc Bridge-Wilkinson was left with the his head in his hands when he lashed at thin air after the impressive David Raven had drilled a tantalising ball across the face of the goal.

Fumble

And in the 71st minute Danny Graham put The Cumbrians ahead after goalkeeper Smith had burst out of his goal in an attempt to retrieve a loose ball only to fumble his claim, allowing Graham to finish expertly from a difficult angle.

Colin Calderwood's side rallied, but failed to test Westwood again until the 83rd minute when Commons' wicked free-kick was acrobatically parried away by the Forest shot-stopper.

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2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Chesterfield 39 57
7 Rochdale 38 56
8 Barnsley 39 56
9 Peterborough United 39 56
10 Bradford City 38 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33

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