De­feat too much for Teddy to bear

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Leigh Curtis

STEVE­NAGE man­ager Teddy Sher­ing­ham in­sisted striker Brett Wil­liams’ penalty miss was not to blame for the de­feat to Carlisle United that ex­tended his side’s League Two los­ing run to four games.

Ex-Alder­shot striker Wil­liams missed from the spot in the first half and Boro were made to pay by Carlisle de­fender Tom Miller, who tapped home the only goal of the game on 82 min­utes.

“I asked him when he first came in, be­ing a cen­tre for­ward, would he want to take penal­ties and he said yes,” said Sher­ing­ham.

“I like the fact he got up there and he wanted to take it. I told him that at half­time, it’s not a prob­lem at all, we’ve got to score our chances when we get them but I haven’t got a prob­lem with him want­ing to take them.

“The main thing is step­ping up to the plate, if you miss, so what? We’ve all missed penal­ties.

“It could have gone ei­ther way so it is a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon. We’ve had words in the dress­ing room, Carlisle showed the de­sire to get on and win a knock down so I’m sure from their point of view they’re de­lighted that they score a scrappy goal like that, from our point of view it’s not good enough.”

Carlisle had the ma­jor­ity of the first-half chances but con­ceded a penalty when Wil­liams was bun­dled over in the box by Miller.

How­ever, the Steve­nage striker saw his spot-kick saved by Mark Gillespie’s legs five min­utes be­fore the break.

There was a halfchance for Luke Joyce while Jason Kennedy blazed over the bar from the edge of the box as Carlisle pressed.

And it came with eight min­utes re­main­ing as Miller cap­i­talised on Jesse Joro­nen’s fum­ble.

“I’ll be hon­est, prob­a­bly ten min­utes into the sec­ond half I thought I’d got my tac­tics wrong,” said Carlisle boss Keith Curle. “I needed to change it, we weren’t get­ting the dom­i­nance in mid­field that I wanted.

“Over­all I thought they weren’t that much of a threat and that is be­cause de­fen­sively I thought we were switched on. On Miller’s late goal, he added: “He's got a good habit of get­ting in the box and get­ting goals.

“I think peo­ple prob­a­bly look at his size and don’t see him as a threat, the goal was slightly un­ortho­dox and prob­a­bly not a typ­i­cal Tom Miller goal but he’s been bought to the club with a goal threat and you don’t lose that as a player.

“This week and last week we’ve been work­ing on be­ing on the front foot when balls come into the box and we’ve looked at sec­ond phase play in the box be­cause there is def­i­nitely goals to be had there.”

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