The roasting had worked and we came out with guns a blazing right from the off.
Melligan had a shot saved and had another pair of chances that only just missed while Sam Shilton also went close. At the other end Osman, on loan from Everton, was still at the heart of every Carlisle attack.
Ten minutes after the restart Brit surprisingly took off Danny Williams and replaced him with Sean Parrish. The feeling was that Danny was making quite a few mistakes and Sean had been bought on to tighten things up a bit. Problem was he hardly touched the ball once he came on.
In reply Carlisle bought on Richie Foran and he immediately made an impact when he won a free kick after being fouled on the edge of the area. It took Brockie two goes to stop the free kick.
On 65 minutes the Harriers fans erupted when Sean Flynn pulled us back into the game. It was a goal out of the blue and a goal to remember when the time comes to recall 'the greatest goals scored by a Harriers player'.
John Melligan found Ian Foster out on the right and he pulled the ball back to Sean Flynn who was standing 20yds out. He hit a volley that looked to be going well over until, at the last second, it dipped and went over Matt Glennon's head and landed in the net with a vicious thud!
The Reds stepped up a gear then and it would be only a matter of time until we took the lead. It never happened though.
Ian Foster, who was having a non-descript kind of game, came close as did Lee Ayres but it was the visitors who scored next in controversial circumstances.
It was that man Osman, again, who latched onto a poor clearance from Kenny Coleman and chipped the ball over Brock, substitute McDonagh pushed the ball home from a yard out amid protests that he was suspiciously offside. The ref was having none of it and Brock was shown the yellow card for protesting too much. Or was it for arguing with Lee Ayres?
With time running out for us the game suddenly degenerated into farce. There had been three minutes added time and in that three minutes we saw a fight, two sendings off, a penalty awarded and a penalty missed.
The fight started when Carlisles McDonagh went in hard on Sam Shilton and with the crowd calling for his head both sets of players got involved in a pushing match that saw Sean Flynn
seemingly strike out at McDonagh. For the first time in the game Cowburn did the right thing and sent off, first McDonagh and then Flynnie.
Flynn stormed off and threw his shirt down in front of Brit as if to say it was his fault. Not the way for the captain to behave.
From the free kick the ball was sent straight into the heart of the United area only for a Carlisle defender to stick a hand out to help it out of play. Again the ref did the right thing and immediately pointed to the spot. The normally assured Ian Foster stepped up to take it and blasted it. Straight at the diving keeper.
Carlisle went away with their third away win of the season and we went home after seeing our third defeat.
Scott Stamps and Sean Flynn will both miss the Oxford game in a few weeks time and the two after that too. They will also be dreading coming into work on Monday morning.