Curle gets a re­ac­tion af­ter jibe at troops

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

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

AH Carlisle

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