Asamoah completes Carlisle recovery
MORECAMBE manager Jim Bentley cursed his team’s run of misfortune after a controversial late penalty turned their match against Carlisle on its head.
Kevin Ellison gave the hosts a half-time lead but Charlie Wyke’s penalty and Derek Asamoah’s strike completed a remarkable turnaround.
But Bentley insists the penalty should never have been given and backed his players to turn their luck around after eight games without a win.
“It all hinges again on a decision. It’s ridiculous,” he said.“So many times this season I’ve written to the referees’ association. Everything’s been stacked against us and that is not a penalty.
“We can’t use that as an excuse though.Whether it be squad availability, luck, decisions – we have to start winning games.
“I do honestly believe our performances have deserved much better, and likewise here again.
“It’s definitely the most frustrated I’ve felt in management so far. But I’ve told the players if they play like that for the rest of the season, we’ll win more than we lose.”
Morecambe attacked from the off, with Alex Kenyon firing over from distance in the first minute before the woodwork denied both Paul Mullin and Ellison.
Ellison broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, racing on to Jamie Devitt’s through ball before finishing from close range.
The veteran striker got in behind the defence twice more but shot wide across goal on 34 minutes before Dan Hanford saved one-on-one, four minutes after the restart.
From that moment Carlisle piled the pressure on, and it finally paid off when Aaron McGowan was judged to have fouled Wyke as they challenged for a header on 83 minutes.
Wyke sent Barry Roche the wrong way from the spot and was in again just two minutes later, twice turning in the area. And, after Roche saved at his feet, Asamoah slammed in the rebound.
Carlisle boss Keith Curle wants his players to build on their improved display after the break.
“We’re going to have to look at our preparation,” he said.“We were unable to replicate the intensity we’ve shown recently.
“But it shows we’re adaptable.We are tactically aware of how we can change games, and we have the players on the bench to do it.
“It was fitting we were playing towards our fans in the second half, they were sucking the ball into the net.
“The effort, commitment, passion, ability, the calmness at times and the intensity in the second half showed there’s a willingness to compete.”
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