Cav­alry ar­rives to peg back Cum­bri­ans

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Luke Bid­well

TEN-MAN York City over­turned a two-goal deficit to sal­vage a point and man­ager Russ Wil­cox lauded the im­pact of his sub­sti­tutes.

The hosts looked dead and buried af­ter con­ced­ing twice in the first half be­fore Vadaine Oliver was sent off fol­low­ing an offthe-ball in­ci­dent that only ref­eree Nick Kin­se­ley ap­peared to see.

But Wil­cox’s side fought back through Luke Sum­mer­field’s penalty and lev­elled af­ter Emile Sin­clair set up fel­low sub­sti­tute Josh Car­son.

And Wil­cox was de­lighted af­ter his side snatched a point against the odds.

“The lads who en­tered the pitch changed it, even though we had ten men against their 11,” the York man­ager said.

“The mas­sive pos­i­tive from the game is the char­ac­ter and to­geth­er­ness – 99 peo­ple out of 100 in the crowd would have thought that was an away win and at times you do doubt it.

“But you make changes and hope for a re­ac­tion; two weeks run­ning now the lads who come off the bench have made a big im­pres­sion on the game.”

York dom­i­nated early on as Reece Thompson blazed over the game’s first chance on 22 min­utes af­ter com­posed play by debu­tant Rhys Turner.

But debu­tant Alex Gil­liead’s in­ci­sive run carved the home de­fence open four min­utes later and the New­cas­tle United loa­nee picked out Miller in­side the right chan­nel, who side-footed past Scott Flin­ders. Miller’s strike en­sured Carlisle fi­nally had a foothold in the game and they dou­bled their lead late in the first-half.

Gil­liead’s de­flected shot bounced for­tu­itously into the feet of Troy Archibald-Henville and the de­fender slot­ted into an empty net from 12 yards.

Oliver’s red card on 51 min­utes ap­peared to blow any hope of York tak­ing any­thing away from the game, but Sum­mer­field lev­elled from the penalty spot af­ter he was felled in­side the area and York lev­elled soon af­ter.

Sin­clair broke free be­hind the Carlisle de­fence and squared for Car­son, who glanced the ball in­side the far post de­spite look­ing sec­ond best to get the ball. Both sides then had chances to take three points late on but it ended all square. Carlisle man­ager Keith Curle said: “We got a lit­tle bit anx­ious in our play, we got a lit­tle bit gung-ho. It’s noth­ing about the will­ing­ness, de­sire or ap­pli­ca­tion.

“I don’t think now is the time to jus­tify the rea­sons and well­be­ing be­hind my thoughts.

“Goals change games, sub­sti­tutes can change games pos­i­tively as well and ev­ery­thing was done to­day for a pos­i­tive out­come.

“We don’t want to start scare­mon­ger­ing and hav­ing a fear fac­tor at the club. Some­times you’re go­ing to get those ups and downs in games, it’s all about how you re­spond.”


D Carlisle

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