Furman suffers disappointing UK return

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Former SuperSport United captain Dean Furman suffered a disappointing return to England after tasting defeat on his debut for Carlisle United.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder completed a move to Carlisle on Friday, signing a one-year deal with the club, and was immediately thrown into the mix after being included in the squad for the side's EFL Trophy Group A clash against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.

With Furman named on the bench, Carlisle took the lead in the 36th minute through fellow debutant Gime Toure, who opened the scoring with an instinctive backheel, before Callum Camps drew the scores level for Fleetwood on the stroke of half-time.

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Furman was then introduced after the break in place of Daniel Devine, but the 32-year-old was unable to assert his presence on the game, with Harvey Saunders stealing the show for the Fishermen following his second-half brace.

The 23-year-old forward netted twice in the space of 11 minutes to consign Carlisle to a 3-1 defeat, which was compounded in the 90th minute when Toure was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Fleetwood's Wes Burns.

You can see highlights from Carlisle's 3-1 defeat to Fleetwood in the video below

In the night's other match, England-born midfielder Ethan Chislett made his debut for AFC Wimbledon in their encounter against Charlton Athletic. The 22-year-old, who is eligible to represent South Africa, played the full 90 minutes as his side recorded a 2-1 win in their opening match of the competition.

Both Furman and Chislett, as well as Port Vale goalkeeper Dino Visser, could be in action again this weekend when their respective sides kick off their League Cup campaigns.

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Scroll through the gallery below to see Furman's PSL Dream Team!

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