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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 prepare for FA Cup first round

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Carlisle United will be looking to transfer their league form into football's oldest competition this weekend.

The unbeaten League Two side play non-league side St Albans City in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Blues remain 15 games unbeaten in League Two.

We look forward to it as an opportunity for us to progress in the competition - exactly the same as what our preparation and our planning and attention to detail is for every home game or every away game we play in the league."

– Keith Curle, Manager, Carlisle United

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Curle brimming with confidence after CUFC victory

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says his team are now eyeing up who they can beat next after their 3-1 victory over Crawley Town.

The Blues gave the 5,600 fans who'd packed into Brunton Park plenty to smile about after making it 15 games unbeaten in the league.

Despite a 94th consolation goal by Crawley's Mark Connolly, goals from Ibehre, Kennedy and Joyce were enough to secure the three points to keep United second in the table.

Their next game is against St Albans City in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday 6th November.

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