FIGHTBACK SHOWS CURLE HIS SIDE ARE PLAY-OFF CON­TENDERS

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

KEITH Curle has tipped his Carlisle United side to chal­lenge for the play-offs af­ter they came from be­hind to beat Yeovil Town.

Carlisle de­fender Michael Raynes net­ted the most un­likely of braces to help his side com­plete a mem­o­rable come­back vic­tory against the be­lea­guered vis­i­tors to Brun­side ton Park. Yeovil raced into a shock two-goal ad­van­tage through Ryan Bird and Harry Cor­nick.

But Raynes’ dou­ble either of a Macau­lay Gille­sphey header saw Curle’s side take the points in dra­matic fash­ion.

The re­sult leaves the Cum­bri­ans on the edge of the play-off places, and Curle ad­mit­ted he sees the top seven spots as a re­al­is­tic tar­get.

“The ta­ble is tak­ing shape now, and in my opin­ion we are a top ten side,” the Carlisle boss ex­plained.

“If we keep go­ing like we

have done, with the spirit lev­els in the dress­ing room, we will earn the chance to be around those play-off spots.

“The sup­port­ers de­serve praise, be­cause at 2-0 they re­ally stuck with us.

“I’ve been at some clubs where the at­mos­phere would’ve turned, but they be­lieved in us and were pa­tient and got their re­ward.”

The Glovers started sharply and were ahead within five min­utes when Bird nod­ded home a cor­ner un­chal­lenged.

And the lead was quickly dou­bled when a bril­liant turn and pin­point pass from Ge­orge Thomas found Cor­nick, who fin­ished em­phat­i­cally.

Raynes bun­dled in his first Carlisle goal from a cor­ner and af­ter the in­ter­val, the game turned in the space of a minute, when Bird wasted a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to re­store Yeovil’s two-goal ad­van­tage be­fore Gille­sphey nod­ded in the equaliser from an­other cor­ner.

And the Cum­bri­ans’ come­back was soon com­pleted when Arthur Krysiak could only parry Hal­lam Hope’s shot into the path of Raynes. The re­sult sees Yeovil stranded in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, and boss Paul Stur­rock made lit­tle ef­fort to hide his dis­ap­point­ment. “We should’ve taken one or two of our other chances in the first half, then we had an­other cou­ple in the sec­ond half,” said Stur­rock.

“The goal­keeper has at least put his hands up and ad­mit­ted that the last two goals were his fault.

“The in­juries to our two de­fend­ers didn’t help, be­cause we had no­body to cover that sit­u­a­tion.

“I feel sorry for ev­ery­one at the club, be­cause the first half was so promis­ing, so for it to end up like that is a real kick in the teeth.”

STAR MAN MICHAEL RAYNES

Carlisle

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