Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Domination: Tick; Possession: Tick; Draw for Carlisle: Tick; CARLISLE UNITED2 LEYTON ORIENT 2

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Domination: Tick; Possession: Tick; Draw for Carlisle: Tick; CARLISLE UNITED2 LEYTON ORIENT 2

Article excerpt

CARLISLE remain unbeaten, but with five draws from their seven league games so far, they are in danger of becoming a 'nearly' team unless they start to convert more of the many chances they are creating.

The by-now-standard match-day checklist of domination, possession, clear-cut opportunities and creativity is clearly weighted in favour of the Cumbrians, but another failure to turn that into three points is a worrying factor in an otherwise excellent start to the season.

"If we'd taken our chances in the first half it could have been a different game," manager Keith Curle said.

"Giving a team a goal start and giving them something to defend creates problems you don't need.

"Orient are a good side but we know this result could have been better.

"There's plenty of food for thought, but the pleasing thing was that I walked into the dressing room at full-time to hear the players ripping lumps out of each other.

"They were having a right go. I encourage that because I want to hear what they've got to say and I want them to feel they can criticise whenever it's needed.

"It can seem quite aggressive but that's how it has to be, because results matter. I won't tell anyone to shut up and sit down because they have to be able to have their say, as long as they then move on. When that's happening it's the sign of a good team."

The home side twice had to come from behind to earn their latest point, with their second equaliser a late, late penalty from captain and on-field leader Danny Grainger.

"We're frustrated because we know we should be winning these games," he said. "We shouldn't need to leave it until the last minute and a penalty to get a point. I think Orient will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, but so will we.

"The good thing is that we're creating chances. I know we all keep saying it, but we're going to give quite a few teams a hiding soon. The opposition are getting one or two chances in each game but they're scoring from them. …

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