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Carlisle United returned to bad habits with a frustrating performance which does little to ease the relegation worries which still hang over Brunton Park - despite the improved run of recent results

Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Graham Kavanagh the manager of Carlisle United
Graham Kavanagh the manager of Carlisle United

Carlisle United returned to bad habits with a frustrating performance which does little to ease the relegation worries which still hang over Brunton Park - despite the improved run of recent results.

The gap between the Cumbrians and the drop zone sits at four points but an afternoon of unforced errors – coupled with a morale-shattering injury-time Rotherham winner – served as a reminder there is still a lot more to do before planning for next season can take the place of making sure this one doesn’t end in disaster.

Manager Graham Kavanagh said. “We were nowhere near the level of performance we want from this group, not as good as we needed to be.

“It was a sublime goal by Lee Miller that got us back into it and I felt we were the better team in the second half even though we didn’t have a cutting edge.

When you’re down things don’t go for you, it seems to be the way it is.

“We switched off on far too many occasions. The late goal caught us napping while the first goal was a comedy of errors.”

The Millers had missed a host of good chances before Sunderland loanee goalkeeper Jordan Pickford raced out of his area in an attempt to head a bouncing ball clear.

The subsequent collision with the central defensive partnership of O’Hanlon and Meppen-Walter left the previously wasteful Wes Thomas with the simple task of popping the ball into the empty net.

Kavanagh added: “I take some of the blame for that goal. I’ve told Jordan to be aggressive and to come for the ball, but it didn’t work out for him on that occasion.

“Unfortunately we had players making mistakes all over the pitch through the first half and that put everyone on edge.”

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