Stan­ley’s de­lay­ing tac­tics rile up Curle

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Josh Phillips

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.”

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