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CUFC: Deal or no deal?

Today was meant to be deadline day for three of Carlisle United's young players to agree new deals with the club.

But an extension has been agreed as negotiations continue.

Brad Potts has turned down United's initial offer and the club have refused a bid for Kyle Dempsey. But manager Keith Curle says both players and striker Mark Beck could still benefit by extending their stays at Brunton Park rather than leaving for short term salary boosts.

Accrington Stanley - who are they?

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Carlisle United will be looking to recover from back to back defeats when the take on Accrington Stanley at Brunton Park tomorrow.

Despite being 10 places above the Blues in the league, Keith Curle believes the visitors will arrive looking to contain their opponents rather than entertain the fans.

"I think they'll come here and try to nullify, try and quieten the crowd and get a foothold in the game and hit us on the counter attack. That's what I am expecting from their gameplan. So what we need to do is nullify how they start the game, put them on the back foot early and make them play their plan B earlier than they expect."

– Keith Curle Manager, Carlisle United

Busy week for the Blues

It has been a busy week for Carlisle United manager Keith Curle who confirmed that he has been in talks with seven of his squad about extending their contracts at Brunton Park.

Three have already agreed to pledge their futures to the club, with negotiations continuing with others including Carl Dempsey and Brad Potts who have already attracted the attention of clubs from higher divisions.

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Curle: 'We are a work in progress'

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle will be sitting down with his squad today to go through the video of their three-nil defeat at Portsmouth on Saturday.

It was the Blues' heaviest defeat since Curle took charge but he insists he won't be tearing into his young players. He says the only way for an inexperienced team to improve is to take an honest look at mistakes and learn from them.

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