Carlisle striker causes Cap­i­tal One Cup up­set of the week at QPR

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By John Lyons

EVER­GREEN striker Derek Asamoah turned in a sparkling show to in­spire Carlisle United to a shock Cap­i­tal One Cup win at QPR – and make it a great night for the boss who used to kick him!

Carlisle man­ager Keith Curle, a for­mer Hoops coach un­der Neil Warnock, en­joyed his re­turn to Lof­tus Road af­ter Asamoah gave the Cum­bri­ans the lead and then su­perbly set up sub­sti­tute Jason Kennedy’s 79th-minute win­ner.

Jay Em­manuel-Thomas was on the mark for QPR, but that was all the Cham­pi­onship club had to cheer as the League Two visi­tors pulled off an up­set – and then landed a plum tie at Liver­pool in the third round.

It was 34-year-old Ghana in­ter­na­tional Asamoah, who has also played in France, Scot­land, Bulgaria, and South Korea, who earned most of the plau­dits – but it didn’t come as a sur­prise to his boss.

“I am a big ad­mirer,” ad­mit­ted Curle, 51. “The day when I first met Derek was when I was player-man­ager at Mans­field and he was at Northamp­ton.

“He came on as sub and I kicked him about five times. The thing I liked about him was that ev­ery time I kicked him and the harder I kicked him, he just kept bounc­ing up and hav­ing another go.

“You couldn’t shake him off and that’s some­thing he’s kept in his game now.”


And the for­mer Manch­ester City and Eng­land in­ter­na­tional de­fender is hop­ing he can con­tinue to get the best out of a striker who doesn’t like the lime­light.

“He’s very quiet, very unas­sum­ing,” he said. “He doesn’t like the at­ten­tion.You have got to know how to deal with him.

“On the coach­ing field he doesn’t like to stand out. Some­times it’s the quiet chats, the phone calls, when you can let him know what you need.

“Derek is a good player – he can score goals, he can cre­ate goals, he’s a threat. He’s also got a good work ethic. He will empty the tank for you.”

But Curle didn’t want to heap praise on Asamoah alone. He was de­lighted with how his whole team per- formed against a QPR side that fea­tured ten changes from last week­end’s 4-2 suc­cess against Rother­ham United.

“We are try­ing to im­ple­ment a style of play that suits us,” he said.


“We have brought the play­ers to play a cer­tain way and we are still a work in progress, but it’s per­for­mances like tonight that show there are re­wards to be had.

“The play­ers did ev­ery­thing asked of them and they de­serve all the credit and ac­co­lades.”

But if there was one crit­i­cism Curle did have of his troops, it was how they let QPR get back on terms just three min­utes af­ter Asamoah’s 37th-minute opener.

“I had my say at half-time be­cause when we scored we ran back to the half­way line,” he added.

“We are play­ing away from home and a Cham­pi­onship club – kill the game. A lit­tle bit of game man­age­ment was needed.”

STILL GO­ING: Derek Asamoah, right, shows the tenac­ity that Carlisle boss Keith Curle loves

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