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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 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30

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