Curle left frustrated by return to Brunton
CARLISLE manager Keith Curle was left frustrated after conceding a late equaliser against York City on their return to Brunton Park.
Following the effects of Storm Desmond, Carlisle have been playing their home games around the North West but made a flying start on their return home with a goal from Jason Kennedy after just 15 minutes.
But that was cancelled out by Luke Summerfield’s goal three minutes from time and Curle has urged his team to improve their concentration if they are to improve.
“I’ve just told the players that we were massively frustrated with that, despite there being elements of the game that we were pleased with,” said Curle.
“We need to stop conceding goals, if we don’t, we aren’t going to progress the way that we want to.
“We did create good chances and we nullified them to only two chances in the second half, but unfortunately one of them goes in.
“The second goal would have been crucial and we could’ve enjoyed the afternoon.
“As it was, there was always that nervousness about us at 1-0 - especially playing against a side fighting for their lives - so there’s still plenty of things we need to work on.”
The first half went as expected, with Carlisle looking comfortable from the early stages, creating the first chance of the game with only five minutes on the clock.
A free-kick punted forward from the halfway line was met well by the head of Mark Ellis, but Scott Flinders managed to quickly get down to his right.
However, with 15 minutes played, the pressure told when Kennedy found a way through to put Carlisle 1-0 up. Kennedy picked the ball up on the edge of the box, weaved through a couple of challenges and calmly finished past Flinders. Carlisle should have gone into the break two goals up. Derek Asamoah made a jinking run into the box from the left, before he whipped a ball across the sixyard box, but Jabo Ibehre couldn’t finish from close range. Despite dominating the second half, Carlisle were made to pay for their profligacy when Kenny McEvoy fired a rare strike against the upright, and the ball rebounded to Summerfield who shot home.
York boss Jackie Macnamara: “I’m delighted with the draw in the end.
“I think our players and the changes we made in the second half changed things completely and had the game gone on any longer and we would’ve won the game.
“At half-time I told them to believe and to do things quicker and they came out the better of the two sides, I think.”
STAR MAN JASON KENNE