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Steven Pressley explains why he subbed Elias Sorensen so early

3 weeks ago
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Elias Sorensen is trying his luck at Carlisle this season as he looks for regular first team football and goals at League Two level.

Set to turn 20 later this month, the Danish striker had managed just three sub appearances before this weekend after joining from Newcastle, two in League Two and another in the League Cup.

On Saturday though, Elias Sorensen got his first start for Carlisle, away from home at Scunthorpe.

However, when the teams emerged after half-time, the young striker was missing.

Replaced by another loan striker, Ryan Loft who has moved on a temporary basis from Leicester.

Loft ended up scoring the only goal of the game, so the Carlisle manager could be happy with his inspirational change.

However, Steven Pressley was also keen to make clear the  change wasn’t a big negative reaction to anything that Elias Sorensen had done wrong.

Explaining that Scunthorpe’s tactics had prevented any decent service to Elias Sorensen and so he went for the more physical target man in loft.

Here’s hoping the Newcastle loan striker has many more opportunities and gets off the mark soon.

Steven Pressley talking to the News and Star:

“We didn’t play well, in fact we were really poor in the game, we didn’t play what I call our Carlisle way.

“But we found it, we got the breakthrough and we dug in.

“We looked fatigued, we looked tired from Tuesday’s exertions [League Cup defeat at Rochdale] – I cannot tell you how hard they worked on Tuesday.

“But the most important thing was coming away from home and winning. One, our away performances haven’t been good enough, so to get that monkey off our back, get that first away win of the league season is really important. Also to be able to win ugly is really important as well for our confidence.

“Although I don’t think our confidence had been dented, you always need that win. Our supporters need that win, everybody needs that win. Thankfully we got it.

“One area we had felt we could exploit Scunthorpe was the area in the number 10 position when they normally play 4-4-1-1.

“But they were also conscious of where we could hurt them and they denied that space by bringing Songo’o in.

“It didn’t allow us to get into the areas where we felt we could utilise Sorensen’s ability. That was the reason for the sub.

“I think there’s more to come from [Loft’s] performance but it’s very important for a young player [striker] when he comes on loan, that he gets off the mark.

“He had a good influence on the goal, the first contact, winning that, getting alive for the second one, and a good finish. I’m really pleased for the kid.”

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