John Coleman was gracious in defeat after Stanley slipped to a 2-0 loss at Carlisle.

First half goals from Charlie Wyke and Alex Gilliead secured the victory for the Cumbrians as the Reds slipped out of the play-off spots.

“I am not a good loser but they were better than us and sometimes you have to accept defeat with dignity,” said Coleman.

“There wasn’t a great deal in the game but they capitalised on the elements of luck and took their chances. The free kick for their first goal wasn’t a free kick but we defended it poorly and it was good movement for their second goal and they finished both well.

“We didn’t threaten enough and they absorbed what we threw at them. Billy Kee had a header and then we should probably have had a penalty but they were the better team on the day and I have no complaints.

“You have got to applaud them and I am sure they will see a different Accrington when they play us in 10 days time and maybe we will have the rub of the green.”

Coleman added: “You cannot win every game, although you try. We have got 20 games to go and there is a long way to go.”