Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Resting on Laurels for Carlisle - as Curle Calls Shots; CARLISLE UNITED 2 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Resting on Laurels for Carlisle - as Curle Calls Shots; CARLISLE UNITED 2 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0

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THE glamour of an entertaining and invigorating FA Cup run was well and truly left behind as the muck and brass of league football returned to Brunton Park with the visit of surprise package Accrington Stanley.

The club that wouldn't die are living up to their name this season as they flirt with an automatic promotion push, but they were given a lesson in how to work your way to a victory by a United side who needed the win for their own important reasons.

"The level of performance we got meant a lot in this game because I think we all needed to see a positive reaction," manager Keith Curle said.

"I've picked up on a feeling around the place that we'd played Everton, and that was a fixture which brought with it a full house, TV cameras and national attention. That's all very well, but it's been and gone, and it would now be easy for us to live off the back of that and allow the season to peter out.

"I'm not prepared to allow that to happen. I've challenged the players to make sure we rediscover the momentum which will get us back up to where we want to be. That comes from doing things properly, through the week and on match day.

The message to the lads ahead of this game was that I didn't want to see any kind of lull. If we're going to be a successful team, it starts with making sure our standards are high. I'm not going to let those standards drop because, if we do, this football club will go back to having a level of indifference about it. I don't want that and neither do our fans."

The response from the players was emphatic as they set about winning the physical battle before sealing their first league win in three games with two nerve-settling first-half strikes.

"I've just spoken to their manager and he said it felt like they'd played against a team full of men who wanted the result," Curle said. "That's a compliment to us. It wasn't the most entertaining spectacle but there was a real level of commitment.

"We needed to show that we weren't just about the cup run. …

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