Carlisle Manager Keith Curle has come to the defence of Newcastle loan player Macauley Gillesphey.

The defender was at fault for two goals as a 1-0 first half lead for Carlisle on Saturday, then became 3-1 to visitors Morecambe with 16 minutes left.

Even though he subbed Macauley Gillesphey straight after he gifted Shaun Miller the second of two goals, Keith Curle says that he really rates the Newcastle defender and wants him to stay for the year.

The Carlisle boss says that Gillesphey has ‘talent and ability’ and how quickly he makes progress will depend on how rapidly he learns from mistakes such as those on Saturday.

Keith Curle revealed that he was also trying to get fellow Newcastle loan player Alex Gilliead to also tie himself down for the full season.

The Newcastle winger missed the 3-2 defeat (Carlisle scored in the final seconds) to Morecambe as he is away playing for the England Under 20s at the moment, helping them defeat Turkey at the weekend.

Keith Curle:

“I like Macaulay Gillesphey and what he has added to the squad. He has got talent and ability. He’s going to have a very good career and he’ll make mistakes.

“How quickly he progresses is how quickly he learns from those mistakes. Every single player throughout their career will make mistakes. I made thousands. But I was lucky, I learned from them quickly.

“We’re trying to extend both loans until the end of the season if possible. We have had preliminary conversations with Newcastle and they’re more than happy with where they’re at. The feedback they’ve had from the players and our coaching staff has been very positive.”

Macauley Gillesphey turns 20 next month, although the Ashington born defender is yet to see any first team action at Newcastle.