Newcastle loan star Alex Gilliead inspired a dramatic 16 minute fightback on Tuesday night.

With Carlisle trailing 3-1 at Luton and only 27 minutes left on the clock, manager Keith Curle made a last hope double substitution, bringing on Jabo Ibehre and Newcastle’s Alex Gilliead.

Within three minutes Alex Gilliead smashed home a right foot shot into the bottom left hand corner to pull it back to 3-2..

Then 12 minutes later the Newcastle winger was credited with the assist (source BBC Sport) as fellow sub Ibehre fired the Cumbrian side level.

Only one minute later the fightback was complete, with Derek Asamoah scoring the winner for the visitors. A dramatic three goals in the 16 minutes after the double substitution, leaving Luton Town reeling.

Alex Gilliead had played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Carlisle drew 2-2 with Portsmouth, whilst last night’s win takes Carlisle to within two points of the play-offs.

Fellow Newcastle loan player Macauley Gillesphey isn’t faring quite so well, the United defending not featuring in last night’s 18 man squad, which was also the case for Saturday’s game against Pompey.

Alex Gilliead now has three goals for his loan club in seven League Two starts and three appearances from the bench, as well as a number of assists.

Like Adam Armstrong on loan at Coventry City, Gilliead has seen his club loan spell regularly interrupted by international duty with England, something that Carlisle manager Keith Curle has said could be potentially damaging to the winger’s development.

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