Stanley’s delaying tactics rile up Curle
CARLISLE UNITED manager Keith Curle bemoaned Accrington Stanley’s time-wasting tactics as his unbeaten side were left frustrated at Brunton Park.
Accrington took the lead through Billy Kee midway through the second half before Nicky Adams levelled for the home side soon after.
However, Curle felt his side did enough to claim all three points and blamed Stanley’s stifling tactics for the draw.
“They wanted to waste as much time as possible. If their sock got twisted they went down, which killed the momentum and flow of the game,” Curle commented.
“We had enough chances to win the game but we needed the first goal. If we got the first goal then it would’ve been a different story.
“They had one shot, scored and then had something to defend. You’ve got to give them credit for that as it was their game plan.
“People aren’t going to come here and have a game of football because we will ‘outfootball’ teams, so we need to make sure that we don’t get beat and don’t get disappointed.”
Carlisle dominated the first-half, with skipper Danny Grainger rattling the crossbar and Jabo Ibehre going close on a couple of occasions, while Michael Raynes had an effort well saved by Aaron Chapman before the break.
However, Stanley took the lead in the 58th minute as Romuald Boco’s cross found the head of Kee whose glanced his effort into the bottom corner.
The visitors’ lead was shortlived however as Carlisle substitute Charlie Wyke laid off to Adams, who rifled the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.
Reggie Lambe almost won it for the hosts six minutes from time, but Chapman pulled off a stunning double save to earn his side a point.
“It’s a difficult place to come and the crowd seem to have a big say in what decisions are made. So to overcome all that and get a point we’ve got to be satisfied,” said Stanley boss John Coleman.
“You’ve got to give Carlisle credit for their first-half performance. They did to us what we set out to do to them, they pressed us well.
“They played some good football but once we got them to resort to the long ball game, which we knew that they would, we coped quite well.
“We had a few harsh words at half-time and got into the game in the second half, although our keeper made a few saves to keep us in it.”