Curle says ‘I do’ to new-look Carlisle

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Hill

NEW Carlisle boss Keith Curle was toast­ing fu­ture suc­cess, after his Carlisle side ground out their first vic­tory of the sea­son - on the day of his daugh­ter’s wed­ding.

Curle had dou­ble cause for cel­e­bra­tion, after David Amoo’s header put Rob Ed­wards’ Tran­mere side to the sword in a scrappy contest.

“I’m ac­tu­ally do­ing a speech, so this re­sult does make things a bit eas­ier,” said Curle.

“The re­sult will be get­ting a men­tion – that is a guar­an­tee.

“It wasn’t pretty but it’s ex­actly the kind of per­for­mance we were look­ing to de­liver.We have to de­velop a win­ning men­tal­ity.

“Me, Colin West and my staff know that we can pre­pare to win foot­ball matches, but the play­ers are low on con­fi­dence.

“That sec­ond half at Mans­field last week and the re­sult this week are build­ing blocks – it has to be the start of the new Carlisle United.”

The home side looked the most likely to strike in what was a quiet start.

Carlisle were close to tak­ing an early lead when Hay­den White’s cross was met by Pat Brough, but his vol­ley was spec­tac­u­larly kept out by Owain Fon Wil­liams.

Brough was de­nied again in the 20th minute, this time by the wood­work after lash­ing a shot ag­o­nis­ingly against the bar.

Tran­mere’s best ef­fort came after half an hour, when striker El­liott Richards ghosted past three de­fend­ers but Carlisle’s debu­tant keeper Dan Han­ford was sharp off his line to block.

Tran­mere’s Max Power found space on 55 min­utes to un­leash a vi­cious strike which Paul Thirl­well bravely de­flected over.

With the game seem­ingly des­tined to fin­ish goal­less Danny Grainger’s cor­ner was met by the head of winger David Amoo, who bul­leted the ball past Fon Wil­liams. Rovers should have drawn level straight away, when a de­flected through ball fell into the path of George Don­nelly.

How­ever, the striker fluffed his lines, blaz­ing over from just eight yards out.

It was their last chance, as Carlisle held on for a vi­tal vic­tory.

Af­ter­wards Rovers boss Rob Ed­wards ad­mit­ted his side are in se­ri­ous trou­ble after a fifth suc­ces­sive game with­out a win.

“I saw an ‘Ed­wards Out’ banner in the crowd to­day, and I’m scratch­ing my head with the play­ers at the mo­ment,” he said.

“You can see that con­fi­dence is wafer thin, and when we went 1-0 be­hind there was very lit­tle belief we could turn it.

“I’m so dis­ap­pointed with our start but we have to try and take pos­i­tives and build from this sit­u­a­tion to climb back up the ta­ble.”

STAR MAN HAYDE

N WHITE Carlisle

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