Curle gets a reaction after jibe at troops
CARLISLE United assistant Colin West believes his players were out to prove a point after grabbing a vital victory in their fight for survival against lacklustre Dagenham & Redbridge.
Jason Kennedy’s bundled goal was the difference in a match dominated by the home side, but they were forced to dig deep late on – in a week where boss Keith Curle had described his squad’s character levels as “alarmingly weak”.
And West believes the Cumbrians’ were keen to set the record straight.
“You have to give credit to the players, because questions have been asked of them this week,” explained West.
“I think they looked at what the manager said, and what supporters have been saying, and it’s hurt them.
“There has been lots of criticism and I think this week they’ve realised that a lot of it is fair – and they wanted to do something about it.
“Carlisle has some of the most passionate supporters around, and the least they expect is full commitment and effort, which was delivered in full here.”
The Blues were in full command from the first whistle.
The best of their early chances fell to centre-half Sean O’Hanlon, who nodded Kyle Dempsey’s glorious cross past Mark Cousins but was denied by the inside of the post.
The relegation-threatened Cumbrians
continued to cause the Daggers problems, with pacy Derek Asamoah getting in behind their backline but failing to produce an end product.
But after the interval the home side grabbed a deserved lead, and it was Asamoah at the heart of the move. The striker did brilliantly to beat Jack Connors down the right side, before picking out the unmarked Patrick Brough with a cross. Brough fired his volley goal-bound and Kennedy got the telling touch to prod home.
Carlisle appeared to be cruising to victory, but the Londoners almost nicked a point in a crazy finish. Troy Archibald-Henville and Ayo Obileye were dismissed in a late fracas as tensions rose, before Joss Labadie had a strong penalty appeal turned down. Then moments later the visitors missed their golden chance, with Matt Partridge smashing a corner against the bar as Carlisle clung on.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett said: “I thought it was a penalty for sure.
“I think that officials have a hard enough job, so I don’t want to criticise them – but if he’s six yards out and the wrong side of the man, why would he go down?
“The red cards seemed a bit innocuous as well, but I’ll look again.
“But we didn’t really deserve anything.”
STAR MAN DEREK ASAMO