Carlisle boss Keith Curle heaps praise on Hallam Hope



Posted Sunday, February 25, 2018 by PA

Carlisle boss Keith Curle heaps praise on Hallam Hope

Carlisle manager Keith Curle praised Hallam Hope for his role in the 1-0 Sky Bet League Two victory at Yeovil.

The Cumbrians striker cut inside from the left flank to score the only goal of the game in the second half at Huish Park.

“You could say it was a textbook finish. If you show him too much he will bend that ball in the far corner,” Curle said.

“I thought Hallam was going to be a threat all day to them but it was just how often we could get the ball in the right areas. If he keeps running at you in the box, something’s going to happen.

“The lad’s on fire at the minute and is playing with lots of confidence. The team is playing with confidence in Hallam and they just want to keep giving him the ball.

“I thought over the 90 minutes the opportunities probably fell to us a little bit more than them. They had a couple of scrambles in and around the box.

“I thought it was going to be one of those games that was going to be scrappy but I thought we had slightly more of the cutting edge.

“This is a difficult place to come. Darren (Way) and his team are very competitive. They’ve had some good results here and kept a number of clean sheets.”

Glovers boss Way also felt Hope was the difference in a result that sees his side slip to eight points above the relegation zone.

“It’s difficult when you go 1-0 down. We’d identified Hope. Unfortunately with a player of that quality he just unlocked us,” Way said.

“I found that it was their main asset and I feel that it we could have stopped that threat we would have at least come out of that game with a 0-0 draw.

“I’m really disappointed we didn’t get anything out of that game. We had a lot of possession towards the end. We hit the post. But if you don’t score you don’t win football matches.

“You could see their experience at the back. They defended the wide areas extremely well. They were very solid and respect to them really because we just couldn’t break that down.

“The lads had been on a great run at home and it has taken a very good Carlisle team to keep us at bay.

“I don’t want to be dragged into that relegation (battle). I don’t think it’s healthy for our group.

“It’s not good for a team to be down near the bottom. We had a good gap there and I don’t want that to creep up on us.”

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