Date: 16th November 2015 at 8:09am
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That, it was ‘tough going for both teams’ was Keith Curle’s opening assessment of the Carlisle defeat on Saturday.

Curle felt both Carlisle and Bristol Rovers found it ‘tough’ at the weekend before a ‘dogged’ Gas finally broke through going on to win two-nil at the Memorial Stadium in the end.

The Carlisle boss told the Official Website being without a number of first-team players, for varying reasons, meant United looked ‘a little bit disjointed’ but as the old cliché goes, as he used, ‘goals change games’ and it did for the home side.

Early Bristol Rovers pressure was weathered with him saying he thought as much as a ‘cutting edge’ was lacking it looked like Carlisle would be able to manage what Bristol Rovers offered but he praised them for the ‘dogged performance’ that eventually brought them that crucial opening goal.

‘We got through their early period of pressure, as I thought we would have to, and I think both teams would have settled for 0-0 at half time. We looked like we were coping but we lacked a cutting edge and a bit of quality in that final third.

‘Fair play to Bristol Rovers because it was a dogged performance from them. They got their first goal at an important time and we didn`t really have the quality we needed in the final third.’

Curle revealed one of the changes he had to make came as late as 11:30 on the morning of the game with that going some way to ‘dismantle things’ but he conceded Carlisle didn’t ‘get going at all’ yet, like any side, if you lose a number of key players before a game you will ‘struggle.’

The boss said Carlisle ‘came up short in the final third’ with this proving the main difference between the sides but he was still about to take positives from the game, adding.

‘We had a good foothold until they got their first goal. I wouldn’t call it a break, but they caught us a little lopsided. They moved it quickly and we were always struggling to get a block on the shot. Other than that there was nothing in it at all.

‘Bristol were very dominant for the first 25 minutes or so. After that it was very close and either side, with a little bit of luck, was going to edge in front. We were a bit toothless going forward but we had enough good situations and set plays to have made something of them.

‘It didn’t look as if we’d been working on set pieces but I can assure you we do.’

These injury and illness issues didn’t help but Curle finished by saying he didn’t want to use that as the main reason for defeat as to use that as an ‘excuse would be disrespectful to the players who were out there.’

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