Manager Steven Pressley has spoken after Carlisle United’s win against Blackpool in the EFL Trophy Tuesday night. Newcastle striker Elias Sorensen made just his third start for Carlisle in the 2-1 win.
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During his interview, Pressley brought up the 20-year-old Dane when speaking about the work-rate of his team. This is what the manager said about Sorensen at the 1:15 mark in the above interview:
“The work ethic of the group. If you look at young Elias Sorensen tonight. In the first half, he worked exceptionally hard and at times, didn’t get his rewards. But he kept doing it and doing it.
“I thought he did exceptional in the second half. I’m really pleased with the way he’s coming around and how he’s progressed. I thought he gave a really good performance tonight”
The interviewer then asked Pressley if he had said anything to Sorensen since he seemed to be playing a lot more boldly in this game:
“He’s showed great bravery. But you see in football, it’s amazing that the harder you work, the better you perform. That’s the bottom line. I think that’s one of the things that he’s truly added to his game is his out of possession work.
“We’ve worked a lot on that with him. On his understanding of his role and responsibility without the ball. He’s doing it to great effect. As the game grew, he got stronger and stronger. So I’m really pleased with his performance tonight.”
Elias is taking baby steps at Carlisle, but he is still moving forward. It may not be at the pace we expect, but these are positive indications that Sorensen is learning his craft.
The 20-year-old made similar leaps in his performance during his last start for Carlisle three weeks ago. This is what Pressley had to say then:
“I was really pleased with the improvements in some of our players.
“I just spoke with Shola Ameobi regarding Elias. He has just called me, and that’s the hardest he’s ever seen him work.
“He worked tirelessly tonight, and that’s real improvement in the kid since he’s come in here. I’ve had a couple of good conversations with him.
“I’ve spoken to him about a number of things. For me, his response has been excellent. So that was really encouraging.”
Let’s hope Elias can build on this performance. He is learning what it takes to be a professional. While he’ll need to get into the Carlisle team for league matches sooner rather than later, he is at least showing some serious signs of improvement.