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Keith Curle full of praise as Carlisle United set for emotional return to Brunton Park

22 January 2016

Carlisle United are set to return to their Brunton Park home this weekend and manager Keith Curle has praised the club's staff for their hard work.

Storm Desmond ripped through Cumbria in early December, leaving Carlisle's stadium under water – crossbar height – but they will return home on Saturday, 49 days since Desmond did the damage.

“There are people behind the scenes who don’t get or want mentions, or pats on the back, because they just get on with their jobs,” manager Curle said to the club's official website

“The workload they’ve all taken on board, without question or long faces, is phenomenal. There’s now an opportunity for them to enjoy the limelight they don’t get or crave.

“The things they’ve done to make sure the club is back and functioning as soon as possible. There’s a huge thank you and a lot of appreciation from myself as head of football to them all for that.”

The Cumbrians have been forced to play matches more than 90 miles down the road in Lancashire – appearing at Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End and Blackpool – and the players have also helped with the clean-up operation, strengthening the bond between the club and the local community.

Read more: Carlisle United players help local community following Storm Desmond

All that, and they are only two points off a Play-Off place in Sky Bet League 2 ahead of Saturday's welcoming of York City, which will be played on Brunton Park's newly-laid pitch.

VINE: The lads are training on the new Brunton Park pitch #cufc

— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) January 21, 2016
Curle's men also sealed an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at home to Everton, after beating Yeovil Town in a replay in midweek, in the same season that they faced Liverpool at Anfield in the Capital One Cup.

“It’s fantastic for us that we will now play Everton,” Curle added. “We took nearly 6,000 people to Liverpool and we took them to penalties on their own turf.

“We made a lot of friends and we’re looking forward to doing the same when we host the blue half of Merseyside at Brunton Park. I know our fans will be noisy and I hope the players step up and give them the performance they deserve.

“Before that we have our game against York and it’s superb that we’ll be at Brunton Park for it.”

See how Carlisle United fare on their return to Brunton Park by following our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague2 - for matchday updates.

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