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Carlisle United's Keith Curle praises players after draw at Burton Albion

16 April 2015

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle praised his players after they were denied a win late on at Burton Albion to draw 1-1 with the Sky Bet League 2 leaders.

The Cumbrians went in front early on through Danny Grainer and looked to be heading to three points, before Denny Johnstone equalised for the Brewers deep into injury time.

Johnstone's effort was one of 30 shots that the table-toppers registered against Carlisle, who are six points above the relegation zone after the draw.

The hosts also missed a late penalty, but Curle believes his side were due a little bit of luck.

“With honest endeavour like this the luck will continue to come,” the manager told the club's official website.

“The lads are proud of themselves in that dressing room. They’re proud because they’re able to say ‘that’s us and that’s what we’re about.’ The attention to detail was absolutely magnificent and that’s all I can ask for.

“It was a master class of defending from the players. They’ve earned the accolades and they’ve earned the pats on the back.

“We did the horrible side of the game very well against them and the basis of our performance was the fact we wanted to work hard. It was a performance we needed because of the position we’re in.

“We’ve come into the back garden of the team at the top of the table and we’ve caused them problems. It wouldn’t have been a surprise if Brad Potts had grabbed us the second goal at the end of the game, and we’d come out of it with a 2-0 win. That’s the type of game it was for us.

“Losing the goal so late in time added on is a real disappointment, but it happens. You accept it and you move on. I had all of my staff telling me time was up, but it obviously wasn’t. There’s nothing we can do about it so we look at the real positives from the night and get ready to go again."

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