Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Tied Up in Notts as Cumbrians Continue Excellent Start to Season; Scoreline Flattered Hosts but Curle Never Hit the Panic Button NOTTS COUNTY2 CARLISLE UNITED3

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Tied Up in Notts as Cumbrians Continue Excellent Start to Season; Scoreline Flattered Hosts but Curle Never Hit the Panic Button NOTTS COUNTY2 CARLISLE UNITED3

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CARLISLE reached the halfway point of the League Two season firmly entrenched in the automatic promotion places.

The manner of their latest victory at Notts County suggests they have more than enough in the engine room to see it through, with a hint of more to be added once the transfer window opens.

Don't be fooled by the scoreline, or even by the fact troubled County nicked a first-half lead, because the fact of the matter from this encounter is the Cumbrians could have been home and hosed long before the home side had woken up had they taken more of the many chances which came their way.

Manager Keith Curle said: "We looked dangerous because we'd done our homework and we knew our two big strikers would cause them problems if we could get the ball into dangerous areas.

"We're disappointed we let them get a foothold but there was no need for us to hit the panic button.

"It was a case of making sure we kept doing things the way we had been and keeping our heads.

"We were mindful of the fact the most effective display from Jabo Ibehre and Charlie Wyke as a striking pair had come against this team last season.

"We reminded the lads about that and we made sure we played to our strengths.

"Notts County didn't get too much of a look-in after the break and that was down to us managing the game and doing our jobs in every area of the pitch."

Hotshot Wyke and returning hero Ibehre did the first-half damage for Carlisle as they first went in front and then came from behind to head into the break level-pegging.

The impressive Jason Kennedy then notched his 11th of the campaign to put the top hat on another very strong all-round display.

Curle added: "It could have been a more comfortable victory but the important thing is it's another three points to the tally.

"It's set us up nicely for the home game with Grimsby on Monday. …

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