Curle sure Carlisle’s glass still half full

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

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.”

STAR MAN BRAD POTTS Carlisle

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