Keith Curle delighted as Carlisle's run continues

Keith Curle delighted as Carlisle's run continues

Carlisle manager Keith Curle praised his side's display after they moved up to third in Sky Bet Legaue Two with a 2-0 win against Colchester.

Goals from Jason Kennedy and Jabo Ibehre - both from set pieces - extended Carlisle's unbeaten start to their league campaign to 11 games - a club record.

And Curle expressed his delight with how the campaign is going so far.

He said: "This is the highest league position the club has been in since I have been here. It shows the unity in the club and the players appreciate the backing they are being given.

"We were not as free flowing in open play as we wanted to be, but a lot of that was down to Colchester whose game plan made it difficult for us.

"We had to play in wide areas and I thought throughout the game there were goals for us from set pieces. We have been working hard at that in training."

The United manager had particular praise for central defender Michael Raynes whose header across goal led to the opening strike by Kennedy five minutes after half-time.

"He put in a performance to be proud of," said Curle, who added: "We have game changers and match winners in our team and keep believing in what we can do."

Colchester boss John McGreal reflected on "a rollercoaster" of a game in which his side had lots of possession, but gave away two goals from set pieces.

He said: "It's a repeat of what happened last week. We came in at half-time knowing what to expect. We played some fantastic football and dominated the first half, but conceded a poor first goal.

"We created some good chances and lifted ourselves and then gave away another poor goal. We went from one extreme to another. It was a rollercoaster in 90 minutes.

"We were comfortable and the better team. We knew we would be able to get into areas to hurt them. It's just about that detail at the wrong times in the game.

"Some of our football was terrific. There's tons of belief and we just need to keep that belief around the group."

U's best chances both fell to Sammie Szmodics in the second period, one of them a clear opening when he fired over the crossbar after being left clear one on one with Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

McGreal said: "He is a good finisher and just chose the wrong decisions at the wrong times. It's disappointing, but he will score goals again."