Cumbrians ready for Gas test, says Curle
DRAWING a blank against lowly Yeovil might not be the best preparation to take on in-form Bristol Rovers, but Carlisle boss Keith Curle is ready to give the Gas a run for their money.
United remained six points adrift of seventh place after failing to break down a resilient Glovers side.
Substitute Jabo Ibehre wasted Carlisle’s best chance, heading wide from Tom Miller’s long throw, but the visitors lacked quality and creativity in attack.
Despite that, Curle still believes his side can trouble the division’s best as they prepare to take on in-form Bristol Rovers on Monday.
He said: “We’ll give them a good game, like we will do anyone that we face.
“We’re always confident that we can get a result.
“We weren’t troubled by Yeovil at all here.
“My goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make in 94 minutes, they didn’t have any threat.
“We just lacked quality in forward areas. And whenever we got the ball into their box, the referee blew up for a foul which was a cause of frustration.
“But overall we didn’t keep hold of the ball well enough and when we got into good positions we didn’t deliver the quality we needed. It’s still a point away from home though.”
Yeovil edged towards League Two survival with a draw that maintains an 11-point buffer between the Glovers and the relegation zone.
And boss Darren Way said:“It wasn’t a great game to watch but we know the way Carlisle play.
“It’s a direct game and we had to combat that.
“We had to stand up to the physical challenge and we did that.
“The players kept battling and I think it’s a good point for us.
“It’s fantastic to keep another clean sheet, it’s our sixth in seven games and we defended really well.
“I feel proud of the players and in some ways it feels like a win to me because I know how hard we had to battle to get a point.”
Yeovil captain Darren Ward cleared a Danny Grainger corner off his own goal line early in the game before limping out of the action with a knee injury.
But there were few chances for either side in an even opening 45 minutes, with the two teams effectively cancelling each other out.
Artur Krysiak did react well to keep out a longrange shot from Jack Stacey, while Jack Compton tested United keeper Mark Gillespie from distance as well.
In the second half the best chances fell to Carlisle, but Ibehre headed wide from 12 yards from their clearest opportunity as the game ended in a stalemate.
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