Keith Curle says Carlisle United won't change their approach after the Blues finally lost their historic unbeaten record.

Defeat at bottom side Newport checked United's stunning progress in League Two so far this season.

But Curle said his players have strong enough character to recover quickly from their first setback of the campaign.

The Blues manager said: "We've been beaten in a game of football - it's going to happen.

"There's no disgrace in coming [to Newport] and not getting the result we wanted.

"The important thing is we need to react. There's been a lot of good work gone into the start of the season, and that won't change."

Goals from Josh Sheehan and Rhys Healey saw Graham Westley's Exiles stun United, who failed to score in a game for the first time this season.

The result ended their record run of eight successive wins in all competitions and their 15-game unbeaten league start.

United remain in second place in League Two, now four points above the play-off places, but Plymouth increased their lead to seven points at the top.

Curle felt Carlisle battled well in the second half but were undone by errors beforehand.

"You've got to stand your ground and do the basics - and some of our basics weren't at the required level," he said.

"For example, Macaulay [Gillesphey's] clearance for their first goal - you'd probably say one of the most cultured left feet in the division, and unfortunately he doesn’t get the ball cleared and instead keeps it alive.

"But we're going to get setbacks - it's how you roll with it. There's enough in this team, character-wise, to bounce back."

While Curle said Newport deserved credit for their own display, he questioned whether ref Darren England had a clear enough view of a second-half incident when Carlisle appealed for a penalty.

Michael Raynes appeared to be held by Darren Jones in the Newport box. Curle said: "I didn’t think his positioning gave him the opportunity to see contact in the box. It's a learning day for himself, because that could have been a penalty.

"And with the dominance we had in the second half, if we'd scored then I think we would have gone on and won the game."

Curle, meanwhile, refused to blame the heavy Rodney Parade pitch - which also hosts two rugby teams - for the loss of his side's unbeaten record.

"You've got to say fantastically well-done to the[Newport] ground staff, given the amount of games and footfall it has on that pitch," he said.

"It suits them. They don’t really look to get it down and play; they bang the ball forward, get after it and flood areas.

"You need to be a very fit team for that. When it comes off it's pleasing on the eye, when it doesn’t you won't pay money to come and watch it."