FOOTBALL NEWS

31/01/2009 19:53, Report by Nick Coppack

Carrick pleased with points

Michael Carrick echoed his manager’s comments after United squeezed past Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Reds won 1-0 courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty – won by Carrick – but the former Spurs midfielder would have preferred the margin to have been greater.

“We played very well in the first half-hour but Everton made it difficult for us,” he told Setanta Sports. “Everton have proved how good a side they are in recent weeks so we’re happy to come away with the win.

“You’re not always going to get games where everything goes right and you play great football. We’re happy with 1-0 – it’s another clean sheet and we looked solid as a team.

“We had chances to score a few more... there’s still more to come from us.”

Carrick was at the centre of two penalty claims – one given, the other waved away by referee Mark Halsey.

“There was definitely contact for the first one,” he said. “The player [Mikel Arteta] clipped my ankles and my momentum carried me over. I don’t think Everton can have any arguments about that one. I thought the second one was a penalty as well. I’ve nicked the ball and he’s [Joleon Lescott] come across me as I’m running through. But you get some decisions and you don’t get others. I’m not worried complaining too much.”

The midfielder was delighted with the three points, and just as pleased to be part of the team’s 12th consecutive league clean sheet.

“It’s a huge achievement and shows how well we’ve been playing and also the character we have to stick together when it’s not going so well. We’re very satisfied with that.”

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