The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Blair Fer­gu­son

ACONTROVERSIAL penalty de­ci­sion left Carlisle boss Keith Curle fum­ing as a de­feat to pro­mo­tion-hunt­ing Southend saw the Cum­bri­ans stay in the drop zone.

With the game del­i­cately poised at 1-0 to the home side, Shrimpers keeper Ted Smith ap­peared to bring Steven Rigg down in the box only for ref­eree Trevor Ket­tle to award a goal kick.

And the home side, lead­ing through Michael Tim­lin’s 25-yard vol­ley, added an­other through Barry Corr to se­cure the win late on.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing.We needed the big de­ci­sion to­day for the penalty and the wrong de­ci­sion was made, I think it was a penalty and it could have had a big bear­ing on the game,” said Curle.

“If I say any­thing I’m go­ing to land my­self in hot wa­ter so I’d say that a lot of peo­ple in the ground would have thought it was a penalty, me in­cluded, but he didn’t give it.

“If you look at the teams we’ve played we’ve played some good teams in Lu­ton, Shrews­bury, Wy­combe and to­day Southend. They are good teams and they are up there for a rea­son.

“Southend com­peted well and had good en­ergy lev­els about the team and a good strike force.We are at the other end but there are rea­sons why and we’re work­ing on it.”

Carlisle had the bet­ter of the open­ing ex­changes, with Smith sav­ing a Rigg header be­fore Kyle Dempsey shot nar­rowly over from the edge of the box.

Joe Pig­gott tested Raphael Spiegel in the Carlisle goal, while Will Atkin­son volleyed over from 18 yards.

It only took five sec­ond half min­utes for the Shrimpers to go ahead.

Spiegel looked to have cleared the dan­ger, push­ing away Luke Prosser’s ef­fort.

How­ever, the ball fell to Tim­lin 25 yards out who volleyed it through a crowded box into the top right cor­ner of the goal.

Corr dou­bled the Shrimpers’ lead af­ter Tim­lin’s cross was headed back across goal for Corr to drive home un­op­posed.

“It was a hard-fought victory, there are mo­ments in the game and there were key mo­ments in the game, I’ve got to say it,” ad­mit­ted Shrimpers manager Phil Brown.

“In the end it could have been a lot more than two but the key mo­ment was the penalty de­ci­sion.

“I think Ted Smith got some pur­chase on it but then he gives a goal kick. Ob­vi­ously the lad has got the ball and gone around the goal­keeper, so if Ted has touched him it’s a penalty.

“There’s pres­sure in those sit­u­a­tions and I thought Trevor Ket­tle was maybe a lit­tle bit far away.

“It was a tough one for him be­cause of the dis­tance but if there’s doubt you can’t give it, and there was doubt in his mind, I know be­cause I just asked him.

“Ob­vi­ously Keith Curle was dis­ap­pointed with that de­ci­sion.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

CORR BLIMEY: Barry Corr wheels away af­ter scor­ing the Shrimpers’ sec­ond

MY BALL: Adam Thomp­son com­petes well in the air




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