Newcastle loan player Alex Gilliead returned from international duty with England and turned in a match winning display for Carlisle.

Having lost their last two matches whilst Gilliead was away with the England Under 20s squad, the Cumbrian side were desperate for a lift.

In what was described in the Sky Sports match report as an ‘outstanding individual performance’, Alex Gilliead caused all sorts of problems for Exeter with his pace, before winning all three points with a cool finish (watch goal and highlights below) from 12 yards out.

The win lifts Carlisle back into the play-off positions.

Both Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey have agreed deals this week that will keep them at Carlisle on loan until the end of the season, although Newcastle do have a recall option on the pair.

Gillesphey turns 20 next month and Gilliead in February, with both seeing their current Newcastle contracts come to an end next summer.

Great to see the likes of Alex Gilliead blossom out on loan and hopefully he can follow Adam Armstrong’s example at Coventry this season and get stronger by the game, playing first team football.

Macauley Gillesphey started off well at Carlisle but has struggled the last couple of matches and wasn’t involved against Exeter yesterday, though manager Keith Curle says he has a lot of confidence in the young defender bouncing back to form and learning from his mistakes.

Here are a few extracts from the Sky Sports match report from Carlisle 1 Exeter 0 on Saturday:

‘Teenage winger Alex Gilliead crowned an outstanding individual performance with the winning goal as Carlisle beat Exeter 1-0 at Brunton Park.

Gilliead, who has joined the Cumbrians on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season, grabbed the vital strike in the 77th minute to put Carlisle back on a winning path after they lost their previous two home games.

Gilliead, back from England Under-20s duty, caused endless trouble for the Grecians’ defence with his pacey running.

The breakthrough came in the 77th minute when substitute Derek Asamoah wriggled free on the left-hand side of the penalty area. He pulled the ball back to Gilliead, who coolly slotted the ball home with his right foot from 12 yards.’

Despite their rave review on Alex Gilliead, when Sky Sports have come to edit the highlights down to a couple of minutes, they only show one good run and shot from the Newcastle winger, plus his winning goal (go to 1.30 if you only want to see the goal in the highlights below).