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Carlisle make League Two play-off after win over Exeter

Carlisle's Danny Grainger (file photo) Credit: PA

Carlisle United have sealed a League Two play-off position after winning 3-2 against Exeter.

Danny Grainger cancelled out Reuben Reid's ninth-minute opener for City but Exeter were back in front at the break after a header from Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Grainger converted his second penalty of the match to haul Carlisle level after 72 minutes and Jamie Proctor sent 735 travelling supporters into raptures with the winning header three minutes later.

The thrilling comeback means Carlisle will face Exeter again in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

Carlisle United in running for League Two awards

Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United are in the running for two monthly League Two awards.

Manager Keith Curle has been nominated for the Manager of the Month Award for April, while striker Jabo Ibehre is in the running for Player of the Month.

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Play-offs back on cards after Carlisle Utd victory

Keith Curle Credit: PA

Carlisle United have kept their play-off dreams alive after a 2-1 victory over Newport County.

The Blues had to win the crucial tie, and thanks to second half goals from Ibehre and Adams, the fight for promotion continues.

They now face a tough end of season match against play-off rivals Exeter on 6 May.

"It means everything. To get the win is just fantastic and a big relief for us as well especially to do it on the last home game of the season gives us a big impetus for Exeter"

– Jabo Ibehre, CUFC

WATCH: Captain confident of Carlisle play-off spot

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger says he's confident the Blues can move back into the League Two promotion play-off places.

United travel to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the season the Blues had looked a certainty to claim a play-off place, but a dip in form means they're currently in eighth.

I think when you look through the league we've lost key players at key times, but when you look now we've got more or less a full squad back.

I'm more than confident the boys can get us across the line.

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United

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'There's a nervousness about the players'- Keith Curle

Keith Curle was deflated in the post-match press conference Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says there's a nervousness in his squad as the team are on the brink of dropping out of the play-off zone.

The Blue were beaten 2-1 by Notts County at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The hosts led for the majority of the match but two late goals by the visitors meant it was another defeat for United.

WATCH: Keith Curle's awkward encounter

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle surprised journalists at a press conference today, when asked for his memories of Mansfield Town.

Curle managed the club between 2002 and 2004, before he was sacked after allegations of bullying.

He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and he told journalists about an awkward encounter yesterday (15 March) with his former chairman.

Strangely enough I was in a cafe yesterday in Sheffield and I bumped into the ex-chairman who sacked me for gross misconduct, bullying and intimidating.

I didn't offer to buy him a cup of tea.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager
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