Football - Kav praise for 'honest' Cumbrians

Graham Kavanagh hopes Conor Townsend will learn from his mistakes but the Carlisle manager was pleased with how his players dug in with 10 men to earn a draw at Rotherham.

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The visitors had Townsend sent off when the on-loan Hull defender collected two yellow cards in the space of as many minutes as half-time loomed.

Although the Millers had two efforts cleared off the line and Carlisle goalkeeper Ben Amos made a series of good saves, Steve Evans' side just could not find a way past the Cumbrians' determined rear-guard action.

"It was a tremendous performance," said Kavanagh. "Great work rate, great honesty and great determination - especially after going down to 10 men.

"I think it was probably a sending off, but it was a bit naive to collect to yellow cards. Straight away after getting the first yellow, he gets a second one. But he is a young kid and I am sure he will learn from it.

"He has been outstanding in his loan spell with us and he has grown in confidence through his time here."

Kavanagh added: "Our performance in the second half on Tuesday night could well have been the turning point in our season and it gave everybody a boost so (Saturday) was an important fixture to see if we could continue with it and sustain it, and we just kept it going."

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