Managers give their reaction to Cumbrian derby draw

Penrith's Darren Edmondson, left, and Carlisle City's Jim Nichols, right (photos: Barbara Abbott and Ben Holmes)
Penrith's Darren Edmondson, left, and Carlisle City's Jim Nichols, right (photos: Barbara Abbott and Ben Holmes)

Darren Edmondson hopes the positive showing from Penrith in their Cumbrian derby against Carlisle City can prove a catalyst for their season.

Edmondson’s Northern League Division One strugglers drew 0-0 with Jim Nichols’ City in the first ever league meeting between the clubs.

Second-bottom Penrith had the better of things and manager Edmondson hopes it can give his team confidence to climb up the table.

“If you’re not up for a Cumbrian derby, you shouldn’t be playing the game – I put pressure on the young players before the game with regard to work ethic and intensity, and they stepped up to the plate,” he said.

“With a bit more fortune or care we could have been two or three up at half-time.

“It’s another game without a goal – I felt if we got one early, when we were on top of them, we could have gone on and win.

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“But when you’re on a run like this, to go and beat that player and get that final moment isn’t always there.

“Carlisle City are a good, organised team and a little bit older than us, and we competed well.

“We’ve got to use this as a catalyst now and hopefully we can find the goals to kick us off.”

Edmondson described teenage forward Alfie Brunskill’s performance as “excellent” and also praised Andy Murray-Jones, who reverted to a defensive role.

“I thought Andy dropping from nine to six was a massive player for us,” said Edmondson, who added he is hoping to persuade long-serving defender Grant Davidson to return.

“He won a lot of headers and you could always hear him talking. Maybe we’ve found a centre-half we’ve been longing for.”

City moved up two places to sixth in the table but manager Nichols admitted his side had been well below their best against his former club.

“It’s the first 0-0 we’ve had in the four years I’ve been in charge,” he said. “We didn’t do enough on or off the ball and have to be happy with a point.

“We huffed and puffed but we never really got going.

Penrith v Carlisle City - as it happened

“They [Penrith] stopped our players playing who like to get on the ball – they were very compact and limited us to little opportunities.

“There wasn’t a huge amount of quality and I can’t really remember a save either keeper made in the 90 minutes.

“The game was played in the middle of the pitch. We were disappointed not to get a penalty in the first half when we felt Callum was fouled.”

Nichols felt the derby occasion was possibly a reason the game did not settle.

“Maybe that affected it,” he said. “I thought we were a bit frantic and scatty. We’ve got a lot more to offer than we showed.

“But we’ve got two points in the last few days on the road and we have to build on it.”

City head to Newcastle Benfield on Saturday with Penrith on the road to West Auckland Town.