The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

KEITH Curle ad­mits Carlisle are des­per­ate to re­turn to Brun­ton Park af­ter play­ing their last three “home” matches at al­ter­na­tive venues.

Floods in Cum­bria led to the League Two club switch­ing fix­tures over the fes­tive pe­riod to Pre­ston, Black­burn and Black­pool but, for Curle, there’s sim­ply no place like home.

“We’ve made no se­cret of the fact that we want to get back to Brun­ton Park as quickly as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The help we’ve had from the foot­ball fam­ily has been very well re­ceived, but I think the nov­elty has worn off for the play­ers, man­age­ment and the sup­port­ers.We want to be back at home.

“I feel for the play­ers be­cause there is an ad­van­tage of play­ing your games on your own pitch

“The prepa­ra­tion, the fa­mil­iar­ity with your sur­round­ings and the men­tal as­pect for away teams hav­ing to come all the way up here does have an im­pact on them.

“Hav­ing said that, the trav­el­ling we have to do isn’t tak­ing its toll be­cause the rest and re­cu­per­a­tion for the play­ers has helped them to cope.”

HOME­SICK: Keith Curle

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