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Carlisle boss sets sights on facing top flight side in FA Cup

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle Credit: Press Association

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says his sights are set on securing a lucrative FA Cup tie against top flight opposition.

The Blues have been drawn away to League One Gillingham in the second round of the competition.

But Curle is eying up a third round spot which could see Carlisle face Premier League opponents.

Speaking to the club website after last night's second round draw, he said: "There's a game to be won and, in this case, a place in the third round with the clubs from the top tier to aim for.

"We have nothing to fear and if we show the same attention to detail which has made us very hard to beat recently, we'll give ourselves a real chance."

The second round ties will be played between 1 and 4 December.

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Carlisle United out of EFL Cup, but give Sunderland a fright

Keith Curle: proud of United's performance Credit: PA

Carlisle United lost out to Sunderland in the second round of the EFL Cup, played at Brunton Park on Tuesday evening.

Sunderland led at half-time after Donald Love's opener who scored in the 34th minute.

In front of an 8,187 crowd United rallied in the second half and equalised in the 60th minute when Danny Grainger followed up after Robben Ruiter saved his initial penalty.

But Blues hearts were to be broken when Lynden Gooch, a USA international, scored the winner for Sunderland in the 80th minute.

United had given the championship side a fright, but ultimately Sunderland proved too strong and it is they who will be in the draw for the next round when it takes place in China tomorrow morning.

Manager Keith Curle said he was proud that Carlisle had managed to push Sunderland all the way,

"I don't like losing football matches, but if you are going to lose a cup tie that's the way to do it," he said.

Curle 'disappointed' with Carlisle United defeat

Carlisle United lost their opening game of the season at home to Swindon Town.

The visitors scored either side of half time to take a decisive lead before United's Luke Joyce scored in the 55th minute.

The final result was Carlisle United 1 - 2 Swindon Town.

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