Defeat too much for Teddy to bear
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.”