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Carlisle United crash out of FA Cup

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United were beaten at home for the first time since April, as they crashed out of the FA Cup against Rochdale.

Brunton Park has been a fortress this year, but it could have been breached several times before the break, as the League One visitors imposed themselves.

Rochdale did take the lead minutes into the second half, when Steve Davies' deflected shot looped in.

Carlisle United fought their way back into the game and came close, but Rochdale's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing slotted home deep into injury time to ensure the League One team progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup.

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Carlisle United climb to top of the league

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Carlisle United are top of the league, following their home win on Saturday.

The Blues haven't been top of the table since 2007, but climbed above Plymouth on Saturday after a 5-2 home win against Mansfield.

"We've got to take each game as it comes we are where we want to be we've worked hard to be here so we've just got to keep working hard and stay there. "

– Charlie Wyke, Carlisle United Player

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Blues prepare to take on Grimsby

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Carlisle United are back in action tonight.

The Cumbrians, sitting second in League Two, travel to sixth placed Grimsby Town.

Manager Keith Curle says Carlisle's form shows they are more than a match for any team in the division:

We're a good team and getting better and better. We can go to most grounds in this division and be competitive and Tuesday night won't be any different. We will be competitive.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager
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