Carlisle’s come­back is more Wyke it

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

THE RED mist may have de­scended in front of Keith Curle’s eyes at half­time, but he ad­mits a rol­lick­ing is ex­actly what Carlisle needed be­fore Char­lie Wyke nabbed an in­jury-time equaliser.

The Cum­bri­ans were ahead in­stantly through Kyle Dempsey, but firsthalf strikes from Jed Wal­lace and Matt Tubbs flipped the game on its head – only for Wyke to pop up at the end.

And a nor­mally calm and com­posed Curle ad­mits half-time home truths proved just the ticket for a come­back.

“For the first time since I came to this club, I lost my rag at half-time,” he said.“Peo­ple were not do­ing sim­ple jobs – and it cost us two goals.

“I knew that some peo­ple would re­act well and oth­ers may not, but I told them that if they couldn’t take the crit­i­cism then they will not have a long ca­reer in foot­ball.

“Fair play to them, they showed great char­ac­ter and that im­pressed me.

“Ev­ery goal be­tween now and the end of the sea­son is mas­sive – but that is big­ger than most.”

Carlisle could hardly have started any sharper, and it took just a minute for them to go ahead.

A blocked Brad Potts shot fell to the feet of Dempsey, and he lashed home from 22 yards.

The goal seemed to rock Pom­pey, as both Steven Rigg and Paul Corry spurned chances to ex­tend the lead.

But the vis­i­tors grew into the game as the half wore on, and af­ter Nigel Atan­gana wasted a cou­ple of promis­ing open­ings, they took their third op­por­tu­nity.

Wal­lace was af­forded time and space on the edge of the area, and curled a glo­ri­ous 25-yard strike into the top cor­ner.

And they went one bet­ter on the stroke of half-time, when Wal­lace got be­yond David Atkin­son and crossed for Tubbs to prod home his 19th goal of the sea­son.

The sec­ond pe­riod was a real strug­gle for Carlisle,Wyke loop­ing a header over with time run­ning out.

But the striker latched onto a stray ball on the edge of the area and slid his shot un­der Paul Jones for an un­likely equaliser.

That last­minute gut punch riled Pom­pey boss Andy Aw­ford, who in­sisted far too much time was added on be­fore Wyke’s late show.

“I don’t like to crit­i­cise ref­er­ees but we were well into the fifth minute of added time when they got the goal kick – I just pre­sumed he would blow then,” said Aw­ford.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause four were in­di­cated, but de­spite that we have to do bet­ter.

“We didn’t get what we de­served from the game, but we had the chances to score three, four or five.

“You have to be clin­i­cal when the chances come and we weren’t.”

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