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Trust crucial in Carlisle United win against Stevenage

11 October 2014

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle blindfolded his players in a midweek training session to create trust, and they followed that up by trouncing Stevenage 3-0.

That result made it three league wins on the bounce since Curle took over the reins at Brunton Park

The home side produced an impressive first half showing with goals from Brad Potts, who netted a low left-foot shot from just inside the area, and Steven Rigg who finished off a sweeping move involving Danny Grainger and Potts.

Andy Bond provided a rare test for Carlisle goalkeeper Dan Hanford with a shot from 20 yards, but Mark Beck's close range finish clinched it for Carlisle late on.

"I blindfolded the players and put them in pairs with one telling the other what to do in order to develop trust," Curle explained.

"I trying to develop a team ethic and we will get the foundations right. If there's any secret then it's simplicity - putting square pegs in square holes. The club needed change because it was going in the wrong direction.

"I have got a free rein to do what I want as long as I tell the board why I'm doing things and you can't ask for more than that.

"There's mental strength developing in the dressing room. We knew Stevenage would try to knock us out of our stride, they are that sort of team. We stopped them playing to their strengths and went toe-to-toe and man-to-man."

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