Carlisle picked up three useful survival points and they deserved them against off-colour Rochdale who did not seem to wake up until the last ten minutes when they went close but not close enough to rescuing a point.
For most of the game United were well on top with Rochdale struggling in defence and wasting chances when they got them. The man who taught them how to score was Stuart Green who netted after 62 minutes when Rochdale failed to clear after a scramble in their goalmouth.
Green said afterwards: "I had a dream last night that I was going to score so it wasn't really a surprise." Green, Adam Rundle, Craig Farrell and Richie Foran had all gone close for Carlisle before the goal came.
But they had been foiled by young goalkeeper Matthew Gilks who made several brilliant saves and nobody could blame him for the one that got past him.
Rochdale had their moments too but not so many of them. Paul Simpson had one or two chances as did Clive Platt but they all went west and it was not until late on with defeat staring at them that they managed to trouble the Carlisle defence.
Then it was young substitute Patrick McCourt who created most of the problems. He almost scored twice, almost made another goal and then blasted yards wide when he should have scored.
Carlisle keeper Matt Glennon did make a few good saves but generally he did not have much to trouble him until those late stages.
Carlisle had a grip in midfield and the result was that their defence had a fairly easy afternoon and their frontrunners were given a lot of opportunities for scoring.
Their own unsteady shooting plus the goalkeeping of Gilks kept it down to one but on any other day Carlisle would have had a bigger score to reflect their superiority.