Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Asamoah Is the Hero as Carlisle Hit Back in Style

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Asamoah Is the Hero as Carlisle Hit Back in Style

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CARLISLE UNITED 2 OXFORD UNITED 1 VETERAN striker Derek Asamoah had already earned super sub status at Brunton Park following his second-half Tuesday night strike against Burton, but he was elevated to the rank of local hero on Saturday when his 30-minute cameo ended with a typically predatory match-winning finish.

Towering front man Mark Beck had already set the scene for the deserved turnaround with a thumping close-range header after Oxford had snatched a late first-half lead against the run of play.

The victory left manager Keith Curle purring with delight at what had been another gutsy performance.

He said: "It was one of those games where, being honest, we were a little bit disjointed.

"I've asked the players to find out the culprit who is setting this trend of let's see what the manager is like at half time this week.

"During the team talk before the game I told them there was no point in me saying anything.

"I said I might as well wait until half-time so I could get them out of the trouble they were in.

"Fair play, we gained a fantastic response. Goodness only knows what's going to happen if we go in there at nil-nil or even one or two-nil up. I won't know what to say!" Curle added: "I don't think there was much in it in the first half.

"They came here full of confidence because of the results they've had recently, but I thought we nullified a lot of their attacking impetus.

"It was a case of us being disjointed in the last 40 seconds of the half and it cost us.

"We came out in the second half, we competed very well and it wasn't pretty.

"It was one of those games where it was never going to be good on the eye but we stuck to our task and got on the front foot very quickly.

"The lads have emptied the tank physically and emotionally in this one. A good thing from the day was the crowd stayed with us.

"All the way through the second half they were there.

"That's exactly what we need because the players will react to that kind of thing. …

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