Curle: We were too fancy for my lik­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

CARLISLE kept up the pres­sure on their ri­vals at the top of League Two as an im­pres­sive first-half dis­play proved enough to see off the chal­lenge of Yeovil.

United boss Keith Curle joked that he thought some of his play­ers had left for their Christ­mas party at half-time as the visi­tors threat­ened a come­back af­ter the break.

But Shaun Bris­ley’s spec­tac­u­lar long-range vol­ley and a near-post header from Char­lie Wyke put the Cum­bri­ans in com­mand be­fore Nathan Smith re­duced the deficit with an­other header.

Curle said: “We started the game well and we de­served a two-goal lead at the break but then we al­lowed Yeovil to score at the start of the sec­ond half, which gave them a lift.

“We didn’t want that to hap­pen and we spoke about it at half-time. And af­ter they scored they made life very dif­fi­cult for us.

“The lads have got their Christ­mas party tonight and at one point I started to won­der if some of them had gone off early to get their fancy dress sorted!

“But we made sure we de­fended well and man­aged to see the game out thanks to the char­ac­ter of the lads and the unity we’ve got in the squad.”

Yeovil have now suf­fered back-to-back de­feats af­ter an eightgame un­beaten run had lifted them into the play-off po­si­tions.

Man­ager Dar­ren Way said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get any­thing out of the game be­cause we played well in the sec­ond half and caused them a lot of prob­lems.

“Hav­ing said that, we’ve run one of the top teams in the di­vi­sion very close and that didn’t hap­pen against Plymouth and Don­caster ear­lier in the sea­son.

“As a team we are a threat to any­one in this league now and we have to make sure we get our heads right for the games over Christ­mas now.

“We made some poor de­ci­sions in the first half which led to their goals, but our play­ers will learn from that and will re­act dif­fer­ently in fu­ture.”

Carlisle went ahead on ten min­utes when Bris­ley struck a pow­er­ful vol­ley from 35 yards out that dipped over Ar­tur Krysiak and into the back of the net.

And the Cum­bri­ans dou­bled their lead on 35 min­utes, when Wyke headed in an Adams cor­ner at the near post.

Just three min­utes into the sec­ond half Smith pulled a goal back as he headed home at the back post from Ryan Hedges’ cor­ner.

But Carlisle then de­fended re­siliently to hold on and claim a cru­cial three points.

STAR MAN JA­SON KENNEDY Carlisle

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