Match preview: York City v Accrington Stanley

York Press: LARNE OYEBANJO LARNE OYEBANJO

LANRE Oyebanjo will not mind missing out on a place in York City's history books tomorrow as long as the team beat Accrington Stanley.

The 23-year-old right back has played every game during a run of seven consecutive sheets, which is one short of the club record for all competitions, set durign teh first two months of 1985.

Back then, goalkeepers Mike Astbury and Roger Jones shared the gloves, behind a defence that included the likes of Steve Senior, Ricky Sbragia, John MacPhail, Alan Hay and Steve Richards.

It took a goal by Liverpool legend Ian Rush to bring that sequence to and end but, with a play-off place firmly in his sight, Oyebanjo is only interested in matching that landmark if it means the Minstermen have collected maximum points by 5pm.

The former Histon full back said: "Equalling a club record is important but I would rather take a 2-1 than a 0-0 draw because we just want to win the game. I want to keep a clean sheet in every game as a defender but the main goal is to win games.

"If we keep the back door shut, there's obviously more chance of doing that and, then, we've got to chip in with a few goals from all around the pitch, me included, because I haven't scored all season."

Oyebanjo is the only member of the current first XI to have played during City's last successful play-off push two years ago.

Whereas the Minstermen were promotion candidates for virtually the whole of the 2011/12 Conference campaign, however, this season has seen the team rise from a position just outside the relegation zone on goal difference at the turn of the year.

Ex-Republic of Ireland under-21 international Oyebanjo insists, though, that the second-half-of-the-season charge has come as no surprise to him and that City can look to the last two Sky Bet League Two play-off final winners as cause for inspiration.

He added: "In my mind, I've always thought we could get in the play-offs this season because I feel we can beat anybody in this league and there's always a team that comes up late. It's been Crewe and Bradford the last two seasons and they have ended up going up.

"But we have got three games now during a busy ten days, so we have got to focus on those matches before we think about getting into the play-offs."

Following tomorrow's Accrington clash, City travel to play-off rivals Oxford on Good Friday and then host Bury three days later.

A further home match with Newport will follow before the season ends at automatic promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe.

On that run-in, Oyebanjo reasoned: "It's always preferable to play at home and it's good that the run-in is slightly weighted in our favour in terms of us having three of the last five at home. There's also a big game at Oxford in and around that, though, and every game is massive at this stage of the season."

Increasingly, City look to be locked in a four-way fight for two top-seven slots with Southend, Oxford and Plymouth.

The latter pair meet tomorrow but Oyebanjo is not focussing on which rival looks best equipped to succeed, arguing that the Minstermen only have to take care of their own results.

"I couldn't say which team offers the bigger threat," he said. "There are games that will see teams take points off each other, but we have just got to focus on ourselves.

"If we get results, then we know that will do the job. It's all about what we do because it's in our own hands. It would be different if it wasn't.

"Then, maybe you would look around at other results for a bit of help."

Match facts

LAST season, Accrington made their first Football League visit to Bootham Crescent in more than half a century when the sides met almost exactly a year ago.

On April 6, 2013, watched by 4,446, the match was drawn 1-1 with Adam Reed the scorer.

The line-up was: Ingham,

Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk (Coulson), O’Connell, Parslow, Reed, Platt,

Carson, Cresswell (Walker), Chambers (Blair).

The Lancashire club made 24 League trips between 1929 and 1961, winning five times and drawing six.

The biggest of City’s 13 victories was in 1951/52 when Billy Fenton notched a hat-trick in a 6-1 win.

Another hat-trick man was John Edgar in a 3-0 win in 1959/60.

City’s last win in the series was 1-0 in 1960/61 with Colin Addison on the scoresheet and Stanley’s last success here was 3-0 in 1957/58.

This fixture attracted 19,483 when the sides met at Bootham Crescent on Good Friday, 1955 and the gates had to be closed with several

hundred locked out.

The top of the table Division Three North game was drawn 1-1.

Among the players who have appeared for both clubs are Tom Lockie, Syd Storey, Alex Hamilton, Rory Prendergast, Ian Blackstone and Paul Crichton.

City will equal a club record if they keep a clean sheet tomorrow.

In 1984/85 (January/February), City did not concede a goal in eight games (four League, two FA Cup, two Football League Trophy. Mick Astbury kept goal in seven of these fixtures and Roger Jones in the other.

In 1973/74 (September/October/November) Graeme Crawford kept a clean sheet in 11 consecutive

Division Three games, then equalling a Football League record. During this sequence, City conceded goals in three League Cup ties.

It happened on April 12

1963: City drew 1-1 at home to Fourth Division (League Two) leaders Brentford. Jack Fountain was the marksman and the attendance for this Good Friday fixture was 7,904.

1969: Brentford lost 2-1 at Bootham Crescent in the Fourth Division (League Two) watched by 3,767. On target were Dick Hewitt and Ted MacDougall.

1971: City extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 1-1 draw at Chester. Paul Aimson was the marksman and City were third in the Fourth Division (League Two).

1974: Ian Holmes (penalty) and Chris Jones scored in a Good Friday 2-1 home win over Huddersfield watched by 9,938 and City were second in the Third Division (League One).

1975: West Bromwich Albion won 3-1 at Bootham Crescent in Division Two (Championship) in front of 8,181. Jimmy Seal was the scorer for City who were 17th in the table.

1993: Paul Barnes scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Halifax Town and City were third in Division Three (League Two).

compiled by David Batters

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11:44am Fri 11 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

This is certainly a game that we will not take lightly. Accrington have a bizarre record this season, putting in spurts of good form interspersed with some alarming (for them!) dips. They also have a nasty habit of scoring late goals and often concede late as well.

I believe that, with the substantial crowd that will surely turn up tomorrow, we should get at them straight away and rock them back on their heels.

Other clubs' websites are filled with comments from worried, anxious and angry supporters and it is good to read them. So let us not give the opposition anything to see as negative. We shouldn't be over-confident, but a quiet and calm assurance will help us all.

My mantra is for us all to remain positive and let the team know what we think of them, both tomorrow on the pitch and in the posts here.

Come on City, we CAN do it!!
This is certainly a game that we will not take lightly. Accrington have a bizarre record this season, putting in spurts of good form interspersed with some alarming (for them!) dips. They also have a nasty habit of scoring late goals and often concede late as well. I believe that, with the substantial crowd that will surely turn up tomorrow, we should get at them straight away and rock them back on their heels. Other clubs' websites are filled with comments from worried, anxious and angry supporters and it is good to read them. So let us not give the opposition anything to see as negative. We shouldn't be over-confident, but a quiet and calm assurance will help us all. My mantra is for us all to remain positive and let the team know what we think of them, both tomorrow on the pitch and in the posts here. Come on City, we CAN do it!! NottsExile
  • Score: 29

1:13pm Fri 11 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Good heavens! Reading the report above reminds me how old I am. I was at both the 1959/60 and 1960/61 victories and Colin Addison was our idol. I shall be there tomorrow, almost in the same place as all those years ago, but seated rather than standing in the Pop Stand.

Hope we can get another victory and that a good crowd from both clubs turns up. Can we top 4000 tomorrow? COYR
Good heavens! Reading the report above reminds me how old I am. I was at both the 1959/60 and 1960/61 victories and Colin Addison was our idol. I shall be there tomorrow, almost in the same place as all those years ago, but seated rather than standing in the Pop Stand. Hope we can get another victory and that a good crowd from both clubs turns up. Can we top 4000 tomorrow? COYR North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 11

3:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Edsoni says...

It'll be interesting to see how the crowd matches last season.
On Boxing Day (especially second half) we were distinctly second best as we endured an awful festive period. No Crown jewels.
I'm not expecting that to be the case tomorrow nor do I anticipate the stunned silence that greeted the closing seconds last April.
However this lot knocked five in not so long ago so we shouldn't take anything for granted.
At some point in time we're going to concede, how the team -and we - respond will be crucial to our final position.
I agree with NE above - we need an unwritten pact to stay positive and supportive on the terraces irrespective of the bumps along the way.
Let's not transmit any disquiet onto the pitch but enjoy the marvellous position we find ourselves.
It'll be interesting to see how the crowd matches last season. On Boxing Day (especially second half) we were distinctly second best as we endured an awful festive period. No Crown jewels. I'm not expecting that to be the case tomorrow nor do I anticipate the stunned silence that greeted the closing seconds last April. However this lot knocked five in not so long ago so we shouldn't take anything for granted. At some point in time we're going to concede, how the team -and we - respond will be crucial to our final position. I agree with NE above - we need an unwritten pact to stay positive and supportive on the terraces irrespective of the bumps along the way. Let's not transmit any disquiet onto the pitch but enjoy the marvellous position we find ourselves. Edsoni
  • Score: 15

5:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

nomorenursing says...

Agree with all the comments above. I think the players know whats at stake now and will be duly going for it. My main concern is our fire power up front, and we need to get certain players holding the ball up better, wingers getting better crosses in, and better quality dead-ball deliveries. Apart from that, I still think we will get a result tomorrow, but it probably wont be pretty. I don't really care as long as we get the 3 points and a step closer to the play-offs. Let's enjoy the NOW, and think about next season after this one has finished. Let's get BC rocking for the the final run-in and do this city proud ! (Again)
Agree with all the comments above. I think the players know whats at stake now and will be duly going for it. My main concern is our fire power up front, and we need to get certain players holding the ball up better, wingers getting better crosses in, and better quality dead-ball deliveries. Apart from that, I still think we will get a result tomorrow, but it probably wont be pretty. I don't really care as long as we get the 3 points and a step closer to the play-offs. Let's enjoy the NOW, and think about next season after this one has finished. Let's get BC rocking for the the final run-in and do this city proud ! (Again) nomorenursing
  • Score: 6

8:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I was at Bootham Crescent when we drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley on Good Friday 1955. Accringtons team contained a full team of eleven players who were all born in Scotland. Announcements were made over the tannoy asking people to move up to make room for spectators who were still trying to get into the ground. We will never see 19.483 fans at a City home game again. I am expecting another tough game tomorrow, and I am hoping to be cheering a City goal or two (please).
I was at Bootham Crescent when we drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley on Good Friday 1955. Accringtons team contained a full team of eleven players who were all born in Scotland. Announcements were made over the tannoy asking people to move up to make room for spectators who were still trying to get into the ground. We will never see 19.483 fans at a City home game again. I am expecting another tough game tomorrow, and I am hoping to be cheering a City goal or two (please). OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 7

7:43am Sat 12 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Same request from me, let's not die wondering. Any rational City fan would have settled for progress and 60 points back in August so play offs would still be a bonus.
Just as in first third of season when we had to score 2 to have a chance of a point and we knew that that could not continue we now must know that the defence cannot be expected to keep clean sheets every match such that 1 goal will nick all 3 points.
We need to hold the ball up more and deliver better quality from out wide. Andrew should be given a go with Bowman or Coulson playing off him.
Hope to see in excess of 4000 City fans today, the team have earned that at the very least.
Same request from me, let's not die wondering. Any rational City fan would have settled for progress and 60 points back in August so play offs would still be a bonus. Just as in first third of season when we had to score 2 to have a chance of a point and we knew that that could not continue we now must know that the defence cannot be expected to keep clean sheets every match such that 1 goal will nick all 3 points. We need to hold the ball up more and deliver better quality from out wide. Andrew should be given a go with Bowman or Coulson playing off him. Hope to see in excess of 4000 City fans today, the team have earned that at the very least. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 4

9:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

JamesHinch says...

Last 9 matches no goal of any description in a York City match in 2nd half! Is that a record?
Last 9 matches no goal of any description in a York City match in 2nd half! Is that a record? JamesHinch
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

JamesHinch wrote:
Last 9 matches no goal of any description in a York City match in 2nd half! Is that a record?
I don't know about a record. Its worrying that NW thinks thats acceptable when there are are players on the bench that could break up defences making goal scoring chances, Giving our over worked defence a breather, I don't want to see them folding under pressure they have been soaking up lately.
[quote][p][bold]JamesHinch[/bold] wrote: Last 9 matches no goal of any description in a York City match in 2nd half! Is that a record?[/p][/quote]I don't know about a record. Its worrying that NW thinks thats acceptable when there are are players on the bench that could break up defences making goal scoring chances, Giving our over worked defence a breather, I don't want to see them folding under pressure they have been soaking up lately. bill bailey
  • Score: 3

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