Asamoah com­pletes Carlisle re­cov­ery

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

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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