Curle hails comeback kings after late show
KEITH Curle believes Carlisle’s newfound character is the key to the Cumbrians’ survival chances, after watching his side move out of the relegation zone with a comeback victory against Mansfield.
The home side were unfortunate to find themselves behind after Vadaine Oliver’s header, but second-half strikes from Charlie Wyke and Kyle Dempsey secured a vital three points.
“The most important ten minutes of that game weren’t when we got our goals. It was the halftime break in the dressing room,” Curle said.
“Sometimes you just know how a dressing room is feeling. There were no sad faces.
“We had this genuine belief we would get something from the game.
“That is the character that we now possess. You can’t buy that.”
Curle also heaped praise on the impact of his substitutes in securing the win.
“Having that strength on your bench – genuine game-changers – is such a boost,” he added.
Carlisle bossed proceedings from the off. Their best early chances fell to in-form striker Steven Rigg. He saw a goalbound header nodded off the line by Callum Elder, before just failing to get on the end of Brad Potts’ drilled cross.
Despite their dominance, Carlisle were caught with a sucker punch as Oliver nodded the Stags ahead seconds before half-time.
Matty Blair got the better of Danny Grainger and delivered a sumptuous cross onto the head of Crewe loanee Oliver, who clinically headed home for a smash-and-grab lead.
After the break, Wyke had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but he was soon to be celebrating.
A superb free-kick from Carlisle captain Danny Grainger was headed on by Troy Archibald-Henville and the striker was there to poke home.
And after waiting so long to draw level, the home side went ahead. A terrific burst of pace from Derek Asamoah sent Carlisle on the counter, he fed David Amoo who in turn slotted Wyke in on goal.
Yet instead of shooting, the striker unselfishly laid the ball back to midfielder Dempsey to calmly steer home.
Mansfield boss Adam Murray said: “We have given away two awful goals and it has hurt us again. Disappointed is an understatement right now.
“We have been sucked into playing how Carlisle wanted us to play and not managed to get a foot on the ball or break things up.”
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