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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Carlisle supersub says double at MK Dons was nothing special

Supersub Jordan Cook today insisted his stunning double for Carlisle United at MK Dons was nothing special, claiming: It’s just what I do in training.

Jordan Cook photo
Jordan Cook

The nerveless loan ace kept his cool to score two crucial late goals to clinch a dramatic 2-1 win for the play-off chasing Blues.

The Sunderland striker – hailed as a “hero” by boss Greg Abbott – struck a well-taken equaliser and then converted an injury-time penalty to settle an amazing contest at stadium mk.

And the inexperienced 22-year-old was adamant he felt no nervousness as he stepped up for the spot-kick that put Carlisle three points clear in the play-off places.

“I knew what I had to do, and you shouldn’t really miss from 12 yards,” said Cook. “I wasn’t nervous – not at all.

“I’m just buzzing that I got on and had the impact I did. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Cook, on his third month's loan with United, was handed spot-kick duties after regular taker Lee Miller blazed an earlier penalty over the bar with the score 0-0.

Karl Robinson’s side then took the lead through a penalty of their own, with Shaun Williams successful from the spot. But Cook, on in the second half for Francois Zoko, then levelled with a superb counter-attacking goal before earning the 91st-minute spot-kick which he then buried.

“I wanted to take the penalty – I wanted to score,” he said. “To be fair, Lee gave me the ball. He said ‘Go on, lad, you deserve it’.

“I normally do what Lee does and tried to put it in the top left corner, but I saw the keeper move, so I put it low to the other side.”

On his equaliser, Cook added: “I just called, Nobs [Liam Noble] heard the shout and left it for me, and I just finished it – it’s just what I’ve been doing in training. Scoring in front of the fans made it better – seeing them go wild was something else.”

Carlisle’s last-gasp victory, which came after the Dons had an earlier goal disallowed, has put Abbott’s side in pole position to clinch the fourth play-off place.

Stevenage’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth allowed the sixth-placed Cumbrians to increase their advantage over the chasing pack, ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Huddersfield.

On Cook, Abbott said: “Jordan has been down and disappointed with events at Sunderland but he’s come back, he likes us and the way we do things and he’s a hero in football tonight.”

United are now unbeaten in six games and Abbott said last night’s triumph was a reward for Carlisle’s travelling fans – 594 of whom were at stadium mk.

“They have had a bit of a raw deal away from home with some performances which have not been as good as they needed to be. I hope this repays them for the Brentford performance.

“It was a nice night to be a manager and if we have another four or five nice nights we might get where we need to be.”

Abbott was also quick to praise the Dons’ hierarchy for their offer of free tickets and travel for Carlisle fans to last night’s rearranged game, following January’s frozen pitch farce. When the total number of United’s fans was announced during the game, the Dons fans applauded their rival supporters.

“The way they have treated us has been terrific,” Abbott said. “They have shown us a lot of respect.”

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