Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Team: Smithies, Furlong, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa, Doughty, Gobern (Comley), Emmanuel-Thomas, Grego-Cox (Chery), Hoilett, Polter
Subs Not Used: Lumley, Perch, Phillips, Blackwood
Attendance: 5,501 (including 458 Carlisle fans)
Jason Kennedy scored a late winner as League Two Carlisle United shocked QPR and set up a League Cup trip to face Liverpool.
Derek Asamoah put the visitors ahead in the first half, firing home after clever work from Antony Sweeney.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who scored against Yeovil in the first round, levelled for the Championship hosts from the edge of the area just three minutes later. But Kennedy, on as a substitute, tapped in the winner with 11 minutes left.
Carlisle, without a league win so far this season, are now into the third round for only the third time in 39 years – in the process condemning QPR to an eighth defeat in 11 seasons by lower-league opposition in the League Cup.
I am always of the opinion that you start with a stronger team against lower opposition with no more than a couple of youngsters. Then wait until you are comfortably ahead before introducing three more youngsters.
Yet every year so called expert QPR managers pick a second X1 and then criticise them when they lose!
Doughty should have been the leader and bossed midfield but he didn’t and Grego-Cox was so ineffective that it worries me if Charlie Austin goes and isn’t replaced, we are going to rely on this young man for goals!!!
Polter shows a raw promise and will come good over this season. Hoilett showed yet again that the price of NO END PRODUCT is ¬£50k a week and Emmanuel-Thomas, well for a big lump, he is a big lump and I know he scored BUT.
The one bright note for me was Grant Hall who looked solid and is growing in confidence.
Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand might have been proving a point to Tony Fernandes that we don’t have strength in depth with the team selection but with a week to go to the Jim and ‘Arry love-in, I just hope that we strengthen with or without Austin or Phillips.
Still ladies and gentlemen let’s concentrate on the league until January. Who wanted to go to Anfield anyway?
Just prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was impeccably observed in memory of Ray Jones and the victims of the recent Shoreham aircraft disaster. Others would have also had Mrs Daphne Biggs in their thoughts.
Generous applause was afforded to Angelo Balanta and the Cumbrians manager Keith Curle.
Chris Ramsey made far too many changes and he lined the R’s up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which unfortunately left Reece Grego-Cox out on the wing!
The visitors scored after 37 minutes and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas equalised minutes later following an assist from Michael Doughty. His shot from just outside the box may have been deflected en route.
Carlisle hit the crossbar in the second-half and Clint Hill did well to clear one off the line but the visitors secured the winner in the 79th minute.
Despite a rare convincing victory in the previous round, this general lack of commitment and quality happens far too regularly!