Accrington 1-1 Carlisle: Ten-man Accrington Stanley stand firm
Last Updated: 21/01/17 6:50pm
Accrington played for 78 minutes with 10 men but came away with a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Carlisle.
The struggling Reds faced an uphill task from the 12th minute when defender Matty Pearson's challenge on Macauley Gillesphey was judged high and dangerous by referee Chris Sarginson.
It was the second red card in a week for relegation-threatened Accrington, and Carlisle took advantage on 20 minutes when Gillesphey's cross was flicked on by Shaun Miller and Jason Kennedy bundled the ball goalwards, unfortunate Stanley defender Omar Beckles with the final touch.
However, the 10 men replied immediately when Shay McCartan's 20-yard free-kick sailed into the top corner for his first goal of the season.
Carlisle's top scorer Charlie Wyke twice headed over from good positions, Kennedy forced a superb reflex save from Fulham loan goalkeeper Marek Rodak from six yards and unmarked sub Jabo Ibehre headed off target.
Still the 10 men had chances with on-loan Hull defender Harvey Rodgers coming close with a header and Billy Kee testing keeper Mark Gillespie, who then kept out Rodgers in stoppage time.