Jabo takes tally to ten as Carlisle march on

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

KEITH Curle is a happy man as his Carlisle side con­tinue to show­case their pro­mo­tion-chas­ing cre­den­tials, brush­ing aside lack­lus­tre Craw­ley in com­fort­able fash­ion.

The hosts raced into a two-goal ad­van­tage through Char­lie Wyke’s dou­ble and though Rhys Mur­phy’s header briefly threat­ened a Reds come­back, Jabo Ibehre’s tenth league goal of the cam­paign sealed a straight­for­ward three points.

And Curle be­lieves his im­prov­ing side has much more to come fol­low­ing their lat­est eye-catching win.

“That was prob­a­bly our best start to a game to date, and it’s be­cause the un­der­stand­ing and ap­pli­ca­tion from the squad is grow­ing week on week,” ex­plained Curle.

“We did our prepa­ra­tion on Craw­ley, and we de­cided the best way to ap­proach the game would be with two big, phys­i­cal cen­tre for­wards.

“That looks like an easy de­ci­sion now with both on the score­sheet, but trust me, it wasn’t.

“Our squad depth means ev­ery­one is un­der pres­sure – but we don’t fear pres­sure. Pres­sure helps us to im­prove.

“There is a long, long way to go be­fore we are the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.”

Carlisle were ahead in­side two min­utes, when a daz­zling Alex Gil­liead run and cross was em­phat­i­cally headed home by Wyke.

The Cum­bri­ans went on to pass up a num­ber of chances to dou­ble their lead, with both Michael Raynes and Mark El­lis nod­ding wide.

They did even­tu­ally get their sec­ond, how­ever, when Gil­liead once again made light work of Reds full-back Mitch Han­cox and his cross even­tu­ally fell at the feet of Wyke, who swept home.

But Craw­ley grabbed them­selves a life­line prior to the in­ter­val, halv­ing the ar­rears with a sen­sa­tional coun­ter­at­tack which ended in Mur­phy crash­ing a header into Mark Gille­spie’s net.

Yet vis­it­ing hopes were quickly dashed in the sec­ond pe­riod, when Luke Joyce’s ex­cel­lent cross was al­lowed to bounce and Ibehre pounced to stroke home. In truth the vis­it­ing Reds never threat­ened a come­back, and boss Mark Yates was left bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the fi­nal out­come.

“We started the game poorly, and then we had a lit­tle spell in the mid­dle where we seemed to re­alise we could do some­thing about it,” said Yates.

“But they wanted it more than us, and I really don’t like that.

“We were soft and weak all over the park. Carlisle are a good side so credit to them.

“That’s as dis­ap­pointed as I’ve been.We had been on a good run but our last two re­sults have put paid to that.”

STAR MAN ALEX GIL­LIEAD

Carlisle

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