Keith Curle happy with Carlisle United’s response to going a goal down at Mansfield Town

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle.
Carlisle United manager Keith Curle.

Carlisle United boss Keith Curle said he was pleased with his side’s response to falling behind in the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.

Stags took the lead after 29 minutes thanks to Malvind Benning’s fabulous free-kick.

But Jabo Ibehre levelled in first-half stoppage time following good link-up play with Derek Asamoah.

Chris Clements twice went close with shots over the bar, before Asamoah failed to connect with Angelo Balanta’s cross on 76 minutes as both sides pushed for a winner.

Adi Yussuf was then inches away from finding a late winner for Mansfield after Matt Green got behind the Carlisle defence.

Speaking after the game Curle said: “Mansfield are a very competitive team with good energy levels and have decent players, like the striker Matt Green, who I am sure could play at a higher level, as could some of our players.,” said Curle.

“There were some good plusses to come out of today for us. We got a foothold in the game after sorting out some early problems and looked comfortable.

“The pleasing thing after their terrific quality goal was our reaction. We didn’t panic, we kept to our game plan and we didn’t go long.

“The players are looking to take on board our instructions and the things we are working on, which is pleasing. They are a very responsive group.

“At times we need to switch play more, but they are going to make mistakes. I just want them to make sure the man on the ball has options.

“They have freedom and licence to go and play and express themselves. That is very much a part of my football philosophy.”

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