Manager Keith Curle has praised goalkeeper Jack Bonham - and backed him to bounce back from last weekend's disappointment.

Bonham, on loan from Brentford, kept four clean-sheets in six matches last month.

That form saw the 24-year-old nominated for the PFA Bristol Street Motors Player of the Month award for January, missing out on the gong which went to Crawley winger Enzio Boldewijn.

Nevertheless, Blues boss Curle admitted he was still pleased to see Bonham's recent form recognised, and said Bonham will not be adversely affected after conceding four times in Saturday's defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

He said: "All Jack has needed is that profile and the games tally against his name.

"He's a great lad, has good determination, good ability and all he needed was time on the pitch to improve.

"With the work he is doing now with [goalkeeping coach] Dan Watson, he is getting the benefits.

"He's going to make mistakes, as all players will, but that is part of a goalkeeper's learning.

"You only have to look at Petr Cech's mistake last weekend [against Everton]. For the experience and the amount of games he's played, it was very unfamiliar and uncharacteristic.

"But mistakes do happen. Do we encourage mistakes? No.

"Do we encourage players to learn from their mistakes? That's the sign of a good player, a player that makes a mistake and has a [good] reaction from making that mistake. He deals with it and then learns from it."

Jamal Campbell-Ryce will be hoping to make his home debut tomorrow, while loanees Louis Gray and Ashley Nadesan are awaiting their first United appearances since joining the club in January.

But Curle expects Colchester to have done their research on Carlisle's new boys.

"I don't think it will be a case of them catching them by surprise," he said. "Everything we get, we earn.

"Nobody will come up to Brunton Park and give us three points."