Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Defeats in a Row but Boss Curle Not Worried; COLCHESTER UNITED 4 CARLISLE UNITED 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Defeats in a Row but Boss Curle Not Worried; COLCHESTER UNITED 4 CARLISLE UNITED 1

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THE shock of a first home league defeat on Monday was compounded by the frustration of a second avoidable defeat at Colchester as Carlisle United face up to dealing with back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season.

There is no doubt Carlisle's leaky defence will need to be addressed - no clean sheet since October tells its own tale - but there's no need to start hitting the panic button just yet with plenty of good things still on show from Keith Curle's injury and illness-depleted side.

Even at 3-1 down it was Carlisle who played the better football.

However, that was scant consolation to a manager who is demanding more and more from a squad which will be up there come the end of the season if they can overcome this annoying blip.

Curle said: "People are asking if we're worried about the recent results but what we have to focus on is the fact we've only had three defeats in 25 games.

"Yes, we'd prefer to be winning and picking up points and we have recognised there are things for us to work on.

"However, what we don't do is get off the bus now because we've done a lot of hard work to get where we are. Even in this game we were the side on top and creating the chances.

"Had we taken them we'd have been talking about another good performance. As it was we've been sloppy at that back and we've given Colchester a head of steam.

"The other thing to remember is we had three very big characters missing and unavailable.

"If you take quality like Danny Grainger, Mike Jones and Michael Raynes out of any side they're going to struggle.

"However, we've shown with some of our play we have players here who can step up.

"In other areas we are still a work in progress and we will be doing more to make sure we continue to improve in all areas."

Key to that improvement could be the work done in the now open transfer window but the Cumbrians' boss admitted things are tight and some players may need to be sacrificed if fresh blood is to be added to the mix. …

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