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Michael Appleton frustrated by away loss

27 October 2014

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton was convinced his side ought to have left Carlisle United with all three points instead of losing 2-1.

Mark Beck cancelled out Derek Hylton's first-half strike before Derek Asamoah, the Ghanaian striker who has signed a one-month deal after playing his most recent football in South Korea, scrambled home Carlisle's 90th-minute winner.

Asamoah's second goal in two games left Appleton to lament: "Our opportunity went in the first half, but we let Carlisle off. We got into good areas and opened them up, but the final pass let us down and ultimately it's cost us.

"Carlisle got back into the game and, if you defend as many long balls as we had to do, something has to give. I expect our front players to do a little bit more for me. We had opportunities to win it because there was a lot of space on the flanks and in behind them.

"I think the players have got it in them. I just felt our decision making in the final third cost us. There is enough quality in the side to get results at this level and over the period of a season I'm convinced we are more than capable of coming to places like Carlisle and getting three points.

"We have to be clever enough to finish teams off. There just wasn't enough quality."

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