Jabo’s red hot as Cum­bri­ans march on

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

KEITH Curle in­sists now is the time for cool heads at Brun­ton Park, af­ter his Carlisle side made it three con­sec­u­tive league wins for the first time in 11 months in beat­ing Da­gen­ham and Red­bridge.

The Blues fell be­hind early in the piece through Chris­tian Doidge’s header, but goals from An­gelo Balanta and free scor­ing Jabo Ibehre ex­tended the Cum­bri­ans’ win­ning run.

And de­spite Carlisle reach­ing their high­est league po­si­tion since drop­ping into the football league base­ment in 2013, Curle is call­ing for calm.

“What it does do is give us belief, and en­sures that ev­ery­one on and off the pitch is stay­ing on the bus. What we won’t do is get car­ried away, we had three wins when I first came into the football club - and look at how last year panned out.

“We know we have a squad ca­pa­ble of caus­ing any team prob­lems.

“Teams know they can score against us if they open the door, but we will al­ways fancy our­selves to score more.

“The pil­lars are com­ing into place for what we are try­ing to build, and it’s ex­cit­ing to watch.”

Early goals have prac­ti­cally been part of the fur­ni­ture at Brun­ton Park this sea­son, so it was lit­tle sur­prise to see the visi­tors ahead in­side 15 min­utes.

With vir­tu­ally his side’s first at­tack, full-back Joe Wid­dow­son looped an invit­ing cross into the Carlisle box, and striker Doidge was al­lowed to rise un­chal­lenged to nod home.

Wayne Bur­nett’s men were happy to try and pro­tect their lead, and man­aged to weather strong pres­sure in­clud­ing ef­forts from Derek Asamoah and Jason Kennedy.

But their re­sis­tance was even­tu­ally bro­ken late in the first pe­riod. Luke Joyce scooped an ex­cel­lent pass into the feet of Balanta, and the Colom­bian took a touch be­fore fir­ing the equaliser into the top cor­ner.

From that point it was the Cum­bri­ans in con­trol, and they went ahead shortly af­ter the in­ter­val through a fa­mil­iar source. League Two top goalscorer Ibehre’s header mak­ing it eight for the sea­son. Da­gen­ham rarely threat­ened a come­back, but boss Wayne Bur­nett be­lieved his side de­served more: “Both goals we con­ceded were de­fend­able so we only have our­selves to blame there, but I felt we were value for a point,” he said.

“We have to do bet­ter in those ar­eas, be­cause it’s cost us dearly.

“Then at the other end, we’ve cre­ated plenty of chances - Ash­ley Hem­mings mis-kicked one from close in.

“We can’t be too down­beat be­cause we were four games un­beaten prior to this but it could have easily been five.”


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