Curle likes it when Miller is so an­gry!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ross Jack­son

KEITH CURLE wanted to make Shaun Miller an­gry and it paid off a treat as the livid mid­fielder fired in the win­ner to ex­tend Carlisle’s nine-match un­beaten league run.

Rel­e­gated to the re­serves in mid­week, Miller re­sponded in style to his man­ager with the only goal of the game just be­fore the hour.

And Curle re­vealed after­wards that it had been a de­lib­er­ate tac­tic to get the mid­fielder riled up.

“A lot of peo­ple might not un­der­stand why he played in a re­serve game on Tues­day,” said Curle.

“I wanted to an­noy the liv­ing day­lights out of him by tak­ing him down to Old­ham to play a re­serve team fix­ture away from home.

“He was ab­so­lutely livid and he took it out in his game and showed that level of ag­gres­sion I wanted from him.

“On Thurs­day I said your re­ac­tion on Tues­day has got you into the start­ing line-up on Satur­day.

“If you’re not do­ing it I will make you do it. Some of the lads will be look­ing at our [re­serve] fix­ture list.”

In a dour first 45 min­utes, only Matt Bloom­field’s 39thminute shot against a post fol­low­ing a tidy shot on the turn in the Carlisle area set the pulses rac­ing as Wy­combe set their stall out to counter af­ter ship­ping eight in their last two on the road.

Although the hosts laboured, they came out with more pur­pose in the sec­ond half, break­ing the dead­lock as Miller raced in be­hind to fire home.

As both sides pushed for an­other goal late on, Wy­combe sub Scott Kashket strode into space be­fore cut­ting in and hit­ting the post.

De­spite sur­viv­ing penalty calls for a trip, the home side spurned late chances of their own, Reg­gie Lambe strik­ing straight at Ja­mal Black­man, be­fore Tom Miller rose high­est to force a smart stop from the Wy­combe keeper.

Although Miller proved the dif­fer­ence on the score­sheet, it was ref­eree Seb Stock­bridge who de­nied vis­it­ing Wy­combe a point, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Gareth Ainsworth.

“What I am very an­noyed at is with eight min­utes to go, there is a stonewall penalty. I can­not be­lieve the ref­eree has not given a penalty,” he fumed.

“Do­minic Gape is adamant, and has sworn to me in the dress­ing room, that he has been clipped. But the ref­eree says no he dived, but he didn’t book him.

“What is go­ing on? I do not know. I felt that was a ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble de­ci­sion.”

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