Keith Curle: Fans deserved Carlisle United celebrations

Carlisle United fans celebrated after the game
458 Carlisle United fans celebrated with the players at Loftus Road after the game

Manager Keith Curle says the exuberant celebrations after Carlisle's League Cup win at Championship side Queen's Park Rangers were to show their thanks to the loyal travelling supporters.

The League Two Cumbrians won 2-1 in one of the shocks of round two.

Curle and the club were rewarded for the victory with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in round three.

"We were just showing our appreciation for the miles travelled and support we get from our away fans," Curle said.

The 458 fans who made the 634 mile round trip to West London, have already travelled to Plymouth and Mansfield so far this season.

"It was done in the right manner, we need to show the appreciation we have for our away fans - at times all you could hear was Carlisle's Blue and White army. It's brilliant," former Rangers coach Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

Keith Curle
Keith Curle returned to Loftus Road where he was a coach under Neil Warnock

"I hope the QPR fans didn't think we were lauding it or over-celebrating."

Wins against QPR and Chesterfield have taken Carlisle into the third round for the first time since 2012-13, where a 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur ended their progress.

The current United side has the opportunity to go one better in the first meeting of the clubs in competitive action since an FA Cup third round tie on Merseyside in January 1989.

"The players needed that, they have to get the praise and the accolades," Curle added.

"We came to a very good football club and imposed ourselves and got the rewards."

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