2017/18 English Carabao Cup, First Round
  • Jordi Hiwula (69')
  • Harvey Rodgers (105'+2')
  • Shaun Miller (22')
  • Tommy Miller (101')

Tom Miller the extra-time hero as Carlisle stun Fleetwood in Carabao Cup

Tom Miller was the hero as Carlisle stopped Fleetwood reaching the second round of the Carabao Cup for the first time in their history as they staged an extra-time upset to win 2-1 at Highbury.
Shaun Miller gave the Cumbrians a 22nd-minute lead when his deflected shot from the edge of the penalty box looped over Alex Cairns and into the net.
Carlisle keeper Jack Bonham ensured his side went into the break ahead as he pulled off a sensational fingertip save to divert Ash Hunter's injury-time effort away from goal.
It was Fleetwood keeper Cairns' turn to keep his side in the tie as he managed to thwart Reggie Lambe after Miller had sent him in one-on-one.
Jamie Devitt then had a big appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Graham Salisbury.
Fleetwood looked sharper after the introduction of former Carlisle player, midfield dynamo Kyle Dempsey and star striker Conor McAleny and were level soon after the double introduction.
Leeds loanee Lewie Coyle charged down the right flank before chipping the ball into the box for Jordy Hiwula to bundle in his first goal for the club in the 69th minute.
Carlisle ended normal time strongly with Cairns pulling off a double stop to deny Mark Ellis.
But it was Fleetwood who came out strongest in extra time though they could not make their dominance pay and Carlisle substitute Tom Miller punished the hosts as he powerfully nodded home Danny Grainger's corner.
Town debutant Harvey Rodgers marked his first start since his summer switch from Hull with an early exit as he picked up a red card to leave Fleetwood to face the second half of extra-time with 10 men and they could not find an equaliser.

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