Curle has faith in Amoo to come good

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

KEITH Curle in­sists con­fi­dence is the key for Carlisle wide man David Amoo after he atoned for a first-half er­ror to lead the Cum­bri­ans to a vi­tal vic­tory over Northamp­ton.

Troy ArchibaldHenville had nod­ded the home side in front be­fore Amoo com­mit­ted a clumsy foul to let Marc Richards level from the spot.

But the winger went from zero to hero after a daz­zling sec­ond-half dis­play on the wing saw him set up Brad Potts to net the win­ner.

And Curle said:“The way we con­ceded meant that ev­ery­one in the ground knew that it was David Amoo’s fault.

“So when he comes in at half­time, the easy thing to do is lam­bast him – but in­stead we chose to give him the ball more.

“He sets one up, but he could’ve had a few more and a cou­ple him­self. We don’t want a blame cul­ture at the club. We pick peo­ple up and they re­ward us.”

The vic­tory leaves Curle’s Carlisle record at six wins and six de­feats, and he wants to find some con­sis­tency over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

He added: “In the past we have been a bit soft­cen­tred. Now is the time for us to lose that.We need to kick on.”

Carlisle’s game-plan had a clear fo­cus around set-pieces and it was a home cor­ner which brought the open­ing goal. Kyle Dempsey’s de­liv­ery was met by de­fender ArchibaldHenville, who cush­ioned his header into the far cor­ner.

Northamp­ton’s re­sponse was strong with mid­fielder Dar­ren Carter twice call­ing Dan Han­ford into ac­tion.

The vis­i­tors then had a penalty ap­peal turned down after an ap­par­ent hand­ball on the line, but it was to prove ir­rel­e­vant mo­ments later when Cum­bri­ans winger Amoo brought down for­mer Carlisle man Evan Hor­wood in the area.

Richards calmly con­verted the spot-kick to bring the two sides in level.

After the break, it was the Cobblers who en­joyed the brighter start, yet once again they were caught cold after bril­liant play from penalty vil­lain Amoo.The winger showed an elec­tric turn of foot to leave Hor­wood for dead be­fore per­fectly find­ing mid­fielder Potts to tap in from six yards.

Ivan Toney had a shot hacked off the line late and Cobblers boss Chris Wilder be­moaned a lack of cut­ting edge.

“It was a case of us not be­ing good enough in both boxes again,” he said.“You see peo­ple go­ing up for 50/50 head­ers and they were just want­ing it more than us, which is so frus­trat­ing.

“We had a huge penalty shout which was a hand­ball and a straight red card.”


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