Keith Curle: Carlisle not affected by playing 'home' fixtures away

Keith Curle
Carlisle won 2-0 against Notts County in their first temporary 'home' game - 85 miles away from Brunton Park at Preston's Deepdale stadium

Carlisle boss Keith Curle says his side have not been affected by playing their home fixtures away from Brunton Park.

The club have played 'home' games at Preston's Deepdale and Blackburn's Ewood Park after Brunton Park flooded during Storm Desmond last month.

"There's a lot of distractions that go by that can affect the players but I don't think we've had an adverse effect," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

Bloomfield Road will host Carlisle's third-round FA Cup tie against Yeovil.

Curle said his players were relieved that their latest match - Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Plymouth - went ahead having not played since 19 December after their Boxing Day match at Accrington's Crown Ground was postponed due to flooding.

"The players were desperate for a game and I think there's no better place to come. [Ewood Park] is a fantastic stadium and the players have been looked after," Curle added.

Meanwhile, the Carlisle boss has not ruled out making improvements to his side in the transfer window, but admitted he is satisfied with the squad at his disposal.

"There's areas we need to work on, there's still areas of quality that we need to improve, the structure and formation could have done with some more options," Curle said.

"The window's open now and hopefully the opportunity is there to freshen things up in the right areas, but there's no panic because the foundations I am happy with."

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