Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlie Carlisle Darling with a Late, Late Winner; CARLISLE UNITED 3 EXETER CITY 2

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charlie Carlisle Darling with a Late, Late Winner; CARLISLE UNITED 3 EXETER CITY 2

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FOLLOWING Carlisle United certainly hasn't been boring this season and the League Two entertainers came up trumps again as they grabbed two late goals to steal an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat.

Away specialists Exeter served up a near-perfect display as they kept the usually active Cumbrian midfield quiet.

They struck twice with devastating blows at key moments as they appeared to be heading for a relatively comfortable victory.

Manager Keith Curle said: "It wasn't the best performance from us but we've seen a lot of character from the group.

"I'd be feeling really sorry myself if I was from Exeter because they've played really well and they've caused us problems.

"For their first goal you can't let a player like Reuben Reid get a look at the ball like that.

"You have to deal with it because the moment he saw he had even half a chance he was going to make sure he got there. He's a player I know well and it's because he does things like it I have so much respect for him.

"We never really got going after that but Charlie Wyke has very good habits when the ball comes to him inside the six-yard box.

"He dug us out with the equaliser in the first half and then, by making sure he was in the right place at the right time, he's gone on to get us the winner."

Home attacks were sporadic and disjointed at best and, having pegged the energetic visitors back to go into half-time all square, they were given another lesson in how to do it properly when Reid supplied Holmes to put Exeter in front again.

Curtle added: "We needed a spark from somewhere because Exeter looked like they wanted to go on and get mor.

"I thought our substitutes gave us that. They looked aggressive and they wanted to get on the ball. It was a great cross from Nicky Adams which allowed Shaun Miller to equalise and when we saw the referee had added six minutes I think we all felt there was something else for us. …

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