CARLISLE United and Bournemouth went toe-to-toe and eventually shared the spoils in a tense encounter which had plenty of incident but little in the way of goalmouth action.
And the biggest talking point of the day surrounded the removal of United boss Greg Abbott from the technical area following a disagreement over the decision to show Liam Noble a second-half yellow card.
“I thought it was a really harsh decision firstly to book Liam [Noble] and then to send me to the stand,” Abbott said.
“I wasn’t happy with the reaction to Liam Noble’s tackle and I tried to speak to the fourth official.
“He told the referee I’d put my hands on him and I was asked to leave, but I don’t think there was anything in it at all.
“I don’t want to focus on that too much though. I’d rather talk about the way these lads have worked in what was a very difficult game.
“We’ve had to sit deep because they went long, and we had to deal with that. We’ve defended with our lives and we thought we were going to get over the line, but a set-piece got them an equaliser.”
The afternoon started well for the Cumbrians when a clipped ball over the top from Chris Chantler sat up nicely for top-scorer Lee Miller.
He wasted no time in crunching a thundering volley into the roof of the net for his 14th goal of the campaign.
Carlisle dealt with what became a constant aerial onslaught as the game went.
The home crowd rallied following the on-field spat between Noble and Arter, and the decibels rose further when Abbott received his marching orders.
A local derby with Preston awaits tomorrow night and, with the race for a play-off place wide open, Carlisle are looking to build on their current fantastic run of home form.
BOURNEMOUTH: Flahavan, Francis, Daniels, Cook, Addison, Pugh, MacDonald, Cooper (Arter 67), Fogden (Malone 67), McDermott (Stockley 46), Wesley Thomas. Subs (not used): Gregory, Zubar.
Booked: Wesley Thomas. Goal: Addison 83.
CARLISLE: Collin, Simek, Livesey, Murphy, Chantler, Berrett, Noble (Madden 86), Taiwo, McGovern, Miller, Zoko (Welsh 80). Subs (not used): Gillespie, Michalik, O’Halloran.
Booked: Noble, Simek. Goal: Miller 4.
Referee: Phil Gibbs (W Midlands) Attendance: 5,240