Yeovil’s late equaliser puts them into the hat for the fourth round draw after the dramatic end to the FA cup tie at Bloomfield Road.
Carlisle United thought they were in the next round, until Yeovil Town’s Shaun Jeffers pounced to earn the Somerset club a replay and keep the Cup dream alive.
Carlisle took the lead in the first half through captain Danny Grainger with a well struck free kick, only for it to be cancelled out by Yeovil striker Francois Zoko in the second half.
Five minutes later, Carlisle re-took the lead with a Mark Ellis header and United looked set to make it into the fourth round for the first time in 19 years.
However, Shaun Jeffers fired in a shot from the edge of the box the earn the Glovers a replay, deep into stoppage time.
Here are THREE things we learned from the 2-2 draw between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town….
1). Francois Zoko could be the key to survival.
The 32-year-old striker has the experience to help Yeovil avoid relegation to the National League.
His experience will be vital and so will his physical presence in the Glovers forward line, he is great in the air and manager Darren Way needs to utilise this in order to drag themselves out of trouble.
Zoko has made just eleven appearances this season, while returning four goals from those matches is not a bad return and keeping him fit and firing will be the key to avoiding the drop.
2). Danny Grainger can play at a higher level still
The 29-year-old Carlisle captain has played a huge role in United’s rise up the League Two table, and you can see why.
He looked assured on the ball kept his fellow defenders and team mates organised and scored well taken free kick, bringing his total to six for the season not bad for defender.
If they can keep him fit his influence on the team might well see them into the play-offs and out of League two.
3) Darren Way still faces a tough task to keep Yeovil up
Yeovil are second from bottom only one win in the last seven games, does not make great reading if you are a Glovers fan.
They have certainly improved since Darren Way took the helm, but not enough to say with any degree of certainty that they can avoid the drop.
Yeovil battled in the cup and played reasonable well, but still conceded too many goals, and Way may have to venture into the transfer market to improve the team in order to accumulate enough points to stay up.
Carlisle and Yeovil fans have your say…….. What do you think will be the out come of the replay? Will Yeovil stay up? Can Carlisle make the play-offs and go up? Let us know below!