BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose reckoned the occasion might have affected some of his players as the South London club lost 4-1 at home to Carlisle United in the FA Cup first round on Friday night.
The game at Champion Hill was screened live on BBC Two with 3,336 also in attendance – the National League South outfit’s biggest gate of the season.
Christian Smith had headed home to halve the deficit for Dulwich in the 49th minute but Mike Jones responded almost instantly with an excellent long-distance strike to make it 3-1.
Carlisle were ruthless on the counter attack and Harry McKirby scored twice for the League Two side as well as providing the assist for Olufela Olomola’s opener.
Rose said: “We were brave and tried to have a go in the game but we lacked quality in the final third – the cross and the final pass.
“Maybe emotionally it got to the boys a little bit at times.
“They [Carlisle] managed the game quite well. They stayed compact and hit us on the break a few times.
“I hope the boys learned something from it – I certainly did.”
Carlisle United boss Steven Pressley said: “We can’t take anything away from Dulwich – they were everything and more in terms of what we expected.
“They put us under a lot of pressure and we had to defend the basics of the game very well. We always looked a real threat on the counter attack. It was a really professional job by ourselves but full credit to Dulwich tonight.”
PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD