Curle hails come­back kings af­ter late show

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

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.”


IE WYKE Carlisle

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