Hope lastgasp deal sees Curle progress
KEITH Curle paid tribute to the club’s administration staff after Carlisle’s passage was sealed thanks to a late deal to allow Hallam Hope to play.
The striker, 21, was poised to miss the clash with League Two table-toppers Argyle under the terms of his one-month loan deal with Bury.
But the Shakers had a change of heart and Hope struck on the stroke of halftime to send the 176 visiting fans into delirium
Earlier, Antony Sweeney produced a stunning overhead kick to put the visitors in front.
Blues boss Curle said: “We had a number of conversations with Bury and it was touch and go whether he would be allowed to play.
“There was constant phone calls and filling out paperwork to get the deal done and over the line.
“It was nail-biting stuff but I got a text late on Friday night to say that he was okay to play.
“Thankfully all the hard work that the club put in, particularly the football secretary, paid off.
“Plymouth are rightly top of the league but we caused them real problems and we got that little bit of luck at the right time.
“We were solid, professional, showed good game management with an eye still on wanting to play football.”
Curtis Nelson came close to giving Argyle the lead with a header that shaved the outside of the post.
But Carlisle took the lead on 23 minutes when Sweeney conjured a touch of the sublime from the edge of the six-yard box.
The visitors, who were forced to make the 780mile round trip for the second time this season, doubled their lead four minutes before the break after Gary Dicker’s superb pass over the top sent Asamoah racing clear.
Luke McCormick saved at the striker’s feet but the ball fell into the path of Hope and he bundled home from close range.
Argyle struggled to muster a response in the second half and even this season’s star Graham Carey was off target after dragging a limp effort wide.
Lone striker Derek Asamoah, whose pace caused Argyle problems all afternoon, wasted a chance to put the gloss on the scoreline after Josh Simpson gave away possession cheaply, only for the Blues dangerman to lash the ball wide.
The defeat was only Argyle’s second in their last 12 games and boss Derek Adams admitted: “It was a tough match and they made it a difficult for us.
“I am not going to make any excuses.We have gone out of the cup and Carlisle did a very good job.
“We didn’t create any chances it wasn’t the best game of football in the world.
“Carlisle to be fair to them, they got the two-goal lead and were able to hang on to it.We didn’t put them under any pressure.”
STAR MAN DEREK ASAMOAH