Curle sure Carlisle’s glass still half full
CARLISLE boss Keith Curle is promoting a positive frame of mind despite his side’s failure to get over the line against Morecambe.
The Cumbrians were cruising to victory after Brad Potts’ superb strike, but were forced to settle for a point after Padraig Amond netted a controversial penalty for the visiting side.
Yet Curle insists the result is a boost rather than a blow to his side’s safety hopes.
“Is it two points wasted? No, it’s a point gained,” explained the boss.
“We played well for long periods and we do feel a bit hard done by with the manner of their goal, but it’s another game unbeaten.
“Expectations raise in such a short space of time.
“Because we are undefeated in two games, people look at this fixture and expect us to get a result here.
“We welcome that expectation. They are the levels we want to create at this club.”
Curle also reserved special praise for scorer Potts, who is mulling over a new contract at Brunton Park amid interest from Championship clubs.
“I said to Colin West earlier today, ‘I think Pottsy is going to score today’, and he did,” he added.
“It’s the extra work he’s been putting in, the extra sharpness this week. I thought he was excellent today.”
Carlisle shaded a quiet first half, with midfielder Kyle Dempsey putting the best chance wide of the target early on.
The second half was a much livelier affair, and Carlisle quickly grabbed the lead.
Potts picked the ball up on the edge of the area and drove a fine low strike into the bottom corner.
Carlisle pushed on but couldn’t find a telling second goal, Charlie Wyke and Potts wasting the best of the chances.
And they were made to pay for their profligacy when Shrimps substitute Paul Mullin was felled in the area by Danny Grainger, and Amond slotted the penalty to draw Morecambe level.
Both sides could’ve snatched it but were forced to settle for a point.
And Shrimps boss Jim Bentley was most impressed with his new loan addition Danny Ward.
“Danny has a great temperament which he has clearly picked up at Liverpool, and is a really great lad,” he said.
“He made some terrific saves, and can be very pleased and proud of his debut. He will go on to bigger and better things.”
Bentley is also keen to ensure his side finish their campaign strongly, despite appearing destined for mid-table.
He added: “That’s us four games unbeaten on the road now.We have our professional pride to play for and we want to get as many points on the board as possible.”
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