Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Super Brace from Wyke Helps Boss Curle Park Ticket Blues; CARLISLE UNITED 3 CRAWLEY TOWN 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Super Brace from Wyke Helps Boss Curle Park Ticket Blues; CARLISLE UNITED 3 CRAWLEY TOWN 1

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CARLISLE manager Keith Curle revealed that his near-perfect week had been spoiled by a Friday parking ticket, but he didn't allow that to dampen his weekend as he watched his side dominate and pick up their second victory in the space of just five days.

"The ticket ruined my Friday, so I don't suppose I can say that everything has gone my way this week," he said. "The good thing is that we saw a very professional performance and that sent everyone home happy.

"Our strikers got their goals and, I have to say, a lot of time went into thinking about our team selection.

"We're at a club where we don't leave anything to chance and we wanted to make sure the XI who took to the pitch were going to cause Crawley problems.

"It was a day where we felt our two big, physical strikers would do us a job. We wanted their centre-backs to know they were heading into a confrontation they weren't going to enjoy. That bore fruit because they didn't like having to deal with Jabo Ibehre and Charlie Wyke at all."

A 12th goal this season for Ibehre - his best-ever personal haul from a campaign with five full months still left to play - was complemented by a fine brace from Charlie Wyke and an eye-catching display from Newcastle United loanee Alex Gilliead as he provided some telling assists.

"We got the ball to Alex a lot in the first five minutes and immediately started thinking it was going to be his day," Curle added. "Their full-backs couldn't cope and he is a young man who is full of confidence in situations like that. He was in the type of mood where something was going to happen every time he touched it.

"I'd say that was the best we've started a game since I've been at this club. We were on the front foot and rampant for the first 25 minutes and Alex was at the heart of it. Overall, we played the conditions better and we had the better of the possession for the bulk of the game."

And for striker Wyke, this week has been a timely reminder for his manager that he could well have a big part to play in what is emerging as a possible promotion-chasing season. …

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