Carlisle United boss Abbott hails Thirlwell influence

Paul Thirlwell
Thirlwell was a Wembley winner in the 1-0 JPT final victory over Brentford

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott believes that Paul Thirlwell is proving an important mentor to the club's young midfielders at Brunton Park.

The 32-year-old was partnered by Tom Taiwo, Liam Noble and James Berrett, all aged 22 or younger, for Saturday's 4-1 win against Colchester.

"James and Tom are learning off him and Liam too," said Abbott.

"Paul was outstanding in the middle of the pitch. He keeps the game simple," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"It was just exactly what you need to fit into a performance like that. All round, there were some really comfortable good performances."

The Newcastle-born schemer, who started his career with Sunderland, joined Carlisle in January 2007 after a successful loan spell.

He has since made 142 appearances, scoring six goals. A he became only the second United player to lift a trophy at Wembley, emulating Steve Hayward in 1997, when Carlisle beat Brentford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on 3 April.

The Cumbrians' victory against Colchester, which ended a run of three league games without a win, marked a first goal in 11 games for striker Craig Curran.

Curran, 21, who joined the club from Tranmere in June 2010, took his tally to eight goals in 50 games with a brace against former United boss John Ward's U's.

"We will keep working with him on the training ground," said Abbott.

"The one thing Craig has got is a willingness to train and get better and improve.

"We have said a lot of those players have come in with room for development and Craig is one of those."

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