New-boy Vas­sell does the busi­ness

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

KYLE Vas­sell struck the win­ner five min­utes into his de­but to show why his manager Michael Ap­ple­ton had brought him in as Ox­ford United took a big step to­wards sur­vival against Carlisle.

Vas­sell only joined the U’s on loan from Peter­bor­ough on Thurs­day but he made him­self an in­stant hero at the Kas­sam Sta­dium to lift his new club eight points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Carlisle, how­ever, are still ner­vously look­ing over their shoul­ders with seven games left, with only a three-point gap sep­a­rat­ing them and sec­ond-from­bot­tom Tran­mere.

Ap­ple­ton said: “We've found our­selves in a po­si­tion this year where we’ve done too much trans­fer busi­ness, there’s no hid­ing from that.

“We felt it had to be done but thank­fully one has come off the bench here and he’s scored that goal but he looked a threat on a cou­ple of other oc­ca­sions as well.

“If he gets one or two more like that be­tween now and the end of the sea­son then ob­vi­ously we’ll be look­ing for­ward to what hope­fully will be a dif­fer­ent cam­paign.

“The over-rid­ing emo­tion is de­light be­cause I felt they thor­oughly de­served it for the way they played.”

Carlisle took the lead af­ter nine min­utes de­spite be­ing un­der the cosh early on as Paul Corry’s deep free-kick man­aged to evade ev­ery­one and bounce in via the un­der­side of the bar.

Danny Rose then had a shot de­flected on to the bar but Ox­ford did draw level when Ke­mar Roofe pow­ered down the left wing be­fore swing­ing in a cross that Pa­trick Hoban headed in for his first goal for the club.

Carlisle were re­duced to ten men with a quar­ter of the game left af­ter Troy Archibald-Henville picked up two yel­low cards in the space of two min­utes.

The U’s fi­nally went in front when Roofe’s chipped pass aimed at Danny Hyl­ton was headed out to Vas­sell, who ar­rowed a bul­let of a shot into the bot­tom cor­ner from 25 yards.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle kept his play­ers in the chang­ing room for an hour af­ter the game but de­nied read­ing the riot act to them.

Curle said: “I’m not the type of manager that just throws teacups or says things for the sake of say­ing things to make them­selves feel bet­ter.

“I al­ways give in­for­ma­tion and thoughts but I do it in the right way.

“The play­ers know that I’m not happy – this was a game where we had to do the ugly side of the game first and fore­most and then get a foothold in the game and be more ex­pan­sive then.

“If you don’t do the first then you don’t get to do the sec­ond.”

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