Play-off place has come as no surprise to York City manager Nigel Worthington

York City fans celebrate a play-off place after the 1-0 victory over Newport

York City fans celebrate a play-off place after the 1-0 victory over Newport

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YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has insisted that his side’s qualification for the play-offs with one game left to play has come as no surprise.

The Minstermen kicked off 2014 only outside the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone on goal difference but a 1-0 home win over Newport secured a top-seven spot ahead of the regular season’s final-day trip to title hopefuls Scunthorpe.

Sixth-placed City now know they will play Chesterfield, Fleetwood, Burton or Southend in a two-legged semi-final next month with the identity of the opposition depending on results during the coming week.

Michael Coulson’s 77th-minute free kick – his eighth goal of the season – saw Worthington’s men take control of their own destiny to ensure their campaign will be extended by at least another two games, even though eighth-placed Oxford’s 2-1 home defeat to Accrington meant any result at Bootham Crescent would have proved sufficient.

A delighted Worthington was quick to praise all of this season’s squad members after witnessing celebrating City supporters spill on to the pitch at the final whistle.

He said: “We fully deserve a play-off place and the run we have been on is down to a magnificent effort by the players and staff. We have not crept in by the back door.

“We have got in with determination, energy and quality and have forged ahead of seventh place now. We have two big games to come and, as it stands, have got a one in four chance of promotion, which is a nice feeling for everyone at the football club.

“The brief this season was firstly to make sure we stay in the Football League, secondly see how high we could finish and, thirdly, build for the next campaign but where we are at the moment isn’t a surprise. In the early part of the season, the majority of performances were good but we were picking up a point instead of three a lot of the time and those are the fine lines.

“We added one or two experienced players in January and they have been a big help but that should not take away from the efforts of the players that have been here all season.”

Despite a run of 16 unbeaten games, Worthington also refuted suggestions that his team will be the one to avoid in the play-offs, arguing: “From the other clubs, we are the smallest with the smallest budget and, whatever happens from here on in, what we have achieved as a football club has been absolutely outstanding.

“I’ve got a budget and still have some of it left. With the club’s situation, I’ve worked hard to be financially stringent while getting the right players of the required level to try and help us move forward without putting the club in jeopardy.

“That’s always been important for me wherever I have been. It’s a fact that you don’t always sign the right ones but, if you get more right than wrong within your budget, then you always stand a chance.”

City supporters’ nerves were eased on the afternoon with the knowledge that Accrington were 2-0 ahead after 54 minutes at an Oxford team needing a win to keep their play-off hopes alive.

But Worthington revealed afterwards he had remained true to his pre-match intention to avoid all updates from the Kassam Stadium.

“I didn’t have a clue what the Oxford score was until ten minutes after the game,” he said. “That shows how focussed I was on what we were doing.

“I have always said that whatever we achieve, we need to do it our own way and that will be the same in the play-offs when it will all be down to us.”

The Minstermen boss also felt his team fully deserved their third successive 1-0 victory and might have won by a greater margin but for a man-of-the-match display from visiting keeper Ian McLoughlin.

“It was a superb goal to pick up the three points,” Worthington added. “Adam Reed also had three good chances but their keeper made a few big saves.

“Will Hayhurst had another that, if he had scuffed it, would have probably gone in so we were creating opportunities and stuck at it to win the game.”

Coulson’s goal, meanwhile, meant all six of the Minstermen’s goals in the last eight matches have originated from dead-ball situations – a free kick, a corner, two penalties and a pair of throw-ins.

On that statistic, the City chief said: “Set-pieces win and lose you games. It’s so important defensively to concentrate and pick up your men and, at the other end, you need the ability and quality to work the opposition as hard as you can to try and get the ball in the net.”

Worthington went on to suggest that Coulson’s goal was the reward for his inspiring industry, adding: “It was another great goal and another big shift for the team from Couls.

“When he wasn’t in the side, it was down to him not working hard enough on the pitch because he was getting back to fitness but he kept working hard in training and got his opportunity. Now, when it comes to work-rate and what he contributes to the team performance, he is probably the leading light and it takes players like him to give you a spark.

“Josh Carson is similar because he is a bundle of energy on and off the pitch.”

City made one change to their starting line-up with central-midfielder Reed preferred to Hayhurst on the left wing and, on that decision, Worthington explained: “It’s not Reedy’s number-one position but he’s an honest lad who is willing to do a job for the team.

“He did a good solid job on that left side and gave us energy. On another day, he might have had two goals but the keeper was hard to beat.

“I felt Will needed a breather. I had a chat with him on Thursday and he looked more like himself when he came on.

“It’s important to keep everybody up to speed over the next fortnight.”

Lewis Montrose, meanwhile, was chosen to partner Russell Penn again in midfield and Worthington agreed with referee Jeremy Simpson’s decision not to red card the two-time League Two promotion winner for a full-blooded 30th-minute challenge in front of the dugouts.

“It was a proper tackle,” the City chief argued. “There were a few people shouting for him to be sent off, which I never like to see or hear and he is as honest as the day is long.

“I want my players to be committed like him, He got a yellow card, which was fair enough, and we took him off to avoid him being suspended for picking up another booking for something innocuous.”

City now travel to a Scunthorpe team on Saturday who, due to Fleetwood’s 1-1 draw with Southend, gained promotion despite seeing their 28-match unbeaten run end following a 2-0 defeat to Exeter.

The Iron will still have a chance of finishing the season as champions when the Minstermen visit Glanford Park knowing their top-seven place is assured.

Worthington, though, has given no suggestion that he will approach the game any different to any other, saying: “It will be business as usual. The season hasn’t finished and it’s important to keep our feet on the ground and keep working.”

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12:28am Sun 27 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

1-0 York have surprised everyone!
1-0 York have surprised everyone! Garrowby Turnoff
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2:17am Sun 27 Apr 14

jumbojet says...

'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1. jumbojet
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7:56am Sun 27 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
NW played the players he had. As NW said, Coulson was on his way back to fitness, the emergence of Pope and then the arrivals of McCombe, Lowe, Penn and (laterly) Andrew have made an enormous difference. The have made a 1-1 draw or a defeat by the odd goal into a 1-0 win.
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]NW played the players he had. As NW said, Coulson was on his way back to fitness, the emergence of Pope and then the arrivals of McCombe, Lowe, Penn and (laterly) Andrew have made an enormous difference. The have made a 1-1 draw or a defeat by the odd goal into a 1-0 win. the-e-man
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8:28am Sun 27 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? ) bill bailey
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8:48am Sun 27 Apr 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Good interview with big Nige but I have to disagree with one thing, I thought Montrose was on his way he jumped in two footed it was a terrible tackle and shows how weak the refs can be in this league. I also thought we looked a lot better balanced as a team when Lewis went off, Hayhurst had a bad 45 last week but did not become a bad player over night and played well when he came on
Good interview with big Nige but I have to disagree with one thing, I thought Montrose was on his way he jumped in two footed it was a terrible tackle and shows how weak the refs can be in this league. I also thought we looked a lot better balanced as a team when Lewis went off, Hayhurst had a bad 45 last week but did not become a bad player over night and played well when he came on T.R.M1974
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8:48am Sun 27 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

bill bailey wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )
I'll 'fess up' Bill, I never thought we had a prayer of the play offs until probably the start of April and I couldn't see how others did.
To be honest the fact that we are now sixth speaks volumes about the standard of the league. We have scored a mere 50 goals. Incredibly Burton have scored less.
But as I posted yesterday a run of WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW was certainly inconceivable to me as we left BC having been completely outclassed by Chesterfield in late January.
So hats off to you with your 'vision' but you will never convince me that we'd have made this without the addition of Pope, Lowe, McCombe and Penn.
Regardless of whether we are in League 2 or 1 next season I certainly hope that we have some flair players in mind for midfield and some more with an eye for goal up front.
For now I am just amazed/delighted that the season has been extended by at least two weekends and hopefully three........
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )[/p][/quote]I'll 'fess up' Bill, I never thought we had a prayer of the play offs until probably the start of April and I couldn't see how others did. To be honest the fact that we are now sixth speaks volumes about the standard of the league. We have scored a mere 50 goals. Incredibly Burton have scored less. But as I posted yesterday a run of WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW was certainly inconceivable to me as we left BC having been completely outclassed by Chesterfield in late January. So hats off to you with your 'vision' but you will never convince me that we'd have made this without the addition of Pope, Lowe, McCombe and Penn. Regardless of whether we are in League 2 or 1 next season I certainly hope that we have some flair players in mind for midfield and some more with an eye for goal up front. For now I am just amazed/delighted that the season has been extended by at least two weekends and hopefully three........ 23rdApril1966
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8:52am Sun 27 Apr 14

duffy says...

Have to take Nigel to task regarding his statement that we are the smallest club, budget maybe but we are not a smaller club than Burton or Fleetwood.
Have to take Nigel to task regarding his statement that we are the smallest club, budget maybe but we are not a smaller club than Burton or Fleetwood. duffy
  • Score: 18

11:10am Sun 27 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
Seriously?
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]Seriously? Southern Exile
  • Score: 4

11:12am Sun 27 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
Seriously??
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]Seriously?? Southern Exile
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11:13am Sun 27 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
Seriously??
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]Seriously?? Southern Exile
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12:00pm Sun 27 Apr 14

born&breed says...

jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
What are you about - Nigel had players who were not up to it - as you can now see from the squad only Banjo left from the promotion side in the team - Ingham and McGurk on the bench . McGurk played his part in the early part of the season - great squad member and unluck when the injury came along. Watching the goalkeeping coach - he was as frustrated as the rest of us - Ingham lucky to be still sat on the bench. From what you are saying, if we had beaten Bristol Rovers in the Cup, we would have been going to Wembley for the final.
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]What are you about - Nigel had players who were not up to it - as you can now see from the squad only Banjo left from the promotion side in the team - Ingham and McGurk on the bench . McGurk played his part in the early part of the season - great squad member and unluck when the injury came along. Watching the goalkeeping coach - he was as frustrated as the rest of us - Ingham lucky to be still sat on the bench. From what you are saying, if we had beaten Bristol Rovers in the Cup, we would have been going to Wembley for the final. born&breed
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12:04pm Sun 27 Apr 14

born&breed says...

One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team. born&breed
  • Score: 48

12:48pm Sun 27 Apr 14

dazthecat says...

bill bailey wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )
That's quite a complex you've got there Bill.

I had faith all season and stand to profit quite nicely on the bet I put on in January that we'd go up.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )[/p][/quote]That's quite a complex you've got there Bill. I had faith all season and stand to profit quite nicely on the bet I put on in January that we'd go up. dazthecat
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks.
Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach.
We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.
I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )
I'll 'fess up' Bill, I never thought we had a prayer of the play offs until probably the start of April and I couldn't see how others did.
To be honest the fact that we are now sixth speaks volumes about the standard of the league. We have scored a mere 50 goals. Incredibly Burton have scored less.
But as I posted yesterday a run of WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW was certainly inconceivable to me as we left BC having been completely outclassed by Chesterfield in late January.
So hats off to you with your 'vision' but you will never convince me that we'd have made this without the addition of Pope, Lowe, McCombe and Penn.
Regardless of whether we are in League 2 or 1 next season I certainly hope that we have some flair players in mind for midfield and some more with an eye for goal up front.
For now I am just amazed/delighted that the season has been extended by at least two weekends and hopefully three........
Thank you for what you have said, But you are 100% right there is no question we wouldn't be where we are without the defence it's certainly the best since I came to York 11 yrs ago,
No one can knock your saying the need a creative midfielder or two. and up front we have to find a poacher who can clean up in the box if employing a guy like Andrew who 80% of the time is heading balls down, Take Coulson away the others are not creating too much. f they were balls would be going in the net, Maybe i'm over critical for some on here but look at our results and our lack of goals speak volumes of our need for brains up front.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: 'We were picking up a point instead of three'. You are spot on Nigel, and that is because you were putting the wrong eleven on the pitch at 3 o'clock, and it's taken you the best part of 6 months to sort it out. We could have been in an automatic promotion place with the correct team selection, you were slow out of the starting blocks. Coulson and Puri sat on the bench was not a good decision, and a keeper who regularly kicked the ball to the opposition should have been briefed on his team colours, or was that left to the goalkeeping coach. We are lucky boys, it has not been pretty, but with total commitment and a pledge to York City, irrespective of where each team member originally comes from, no one from York, we can make Division 1.[/p][/quote]I think you are frightening some with some of your remarks., before Christmas we was going one way ,NW gave some a fair crack of the whip but it wasn't working, agree about Puri but to be fair he got injured and called up by Estonia, ( Here we go some will say) but since Christmas he should have been given a roll in the team, Hey where is this wonder kid ?? No news about him. But nobody can lay anything at NWs door about the defence its been our saviour , our goal scores have been no-existent , Take the penalties and own goals away and it would look pretty sick reading, Reed had chances yesterday we ought to have been three up at half time, OK we are where are and we have still got a even chance of promotion and it feels good, and well done to Board and management and players, You are right about the keeper he's been a good servant to the club he been paid and rewarded for it, I did say at the start of the season this where would be. there were some on here that said I didn't know what I was talking about and was a NW stooge and other kind things, i was proven right it would be nice if those now said you was right Bill and then you had a greater faith than us,,(I don't think they will do you ? )[/p][/quote]I'll 'fess up' Bill, I never thought we had a prayer of the play offs until probably the start of April and I couldn't see how others did. To be honest the fact that we are now sixth speaks volumes about the standard of the league. We have scored a mere 50 goals. Incredibly Burton have scored less. But as I posted yesterday a run of WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW was certainly inconceivable to me as we left BC having been completely outclassed by Chesterfield in late January. So hats off to you with your 'vision' but you will never convince me that we'd have made this without the addition of Pope, Lowe, McCombe and Penn. Regardless of whether we are in League 2 or 1 next season I certainly hope that we have some flair players in mind for midfield and some more with an eye for goal up front. For now I am just amazed/delighted that the season has been extended by at least two weekends and hopefully three........[/p][/quote]Thank you for what you have said, But you are 100% right there is no question we wouldn't be where we are without the defence it's certainly the best since I came to York 11 yrs ago, No one can knock your saying the need a creative midfielder or two. and up front we have to find a poacher who can clean up in the box if employing a guy like Andrew who 80% of the time is heading balls down, Take Coulson away the others are not creating too much. f they were balls would be going in the net, Maybe i'm over critical for some on here but look at our results and our lack of goals speak volumes of our need for brains up front. bill bailey
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Sun 27 Apr 14

ian923 says...

I echo the remarks about the excellent ground staff. The pitch has been magnificent all season. How I wish we had Wes and Josh fit for the play offs but I,m sure Coulo and Calvin will do the job for us up front and If the back 5 retain their magnificent reliability we will return to Wembley. Bring it on.
I echo the remarks about the excellent ground staff. The pitch has been magnificent all season. How I wish we had Wes and Josh fit for the play offs but I,m sure Coulo and Calvin will do the job for us up front and If the back 5 retain their magnificent reliability we will return to Wembley. Bring it on. ian923
  • Score: 9

1:24pm Sun 27 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

If anybody had told me after the Bury (away) fixture that City would be in the play-offs at the end of the season - "I would have thought that they were insane". Full marks to the Manager and his Players for making us doubters eat our words. Whoever we play in the play-offs will be the favourites to beat us, so its no time to be complacent.
If anybody had told me after the Bury (away) fixture that City would be in the play-offs at the end of the season - "I would have thought that they were insane". Full marks to the Manager and his Players for making us doubters eat our words. Whoever we play in the play-offs will be the favourites to beat us, so its no time to be complacent. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

3:19pm Sun 27 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

York will be playing Leeds soon at this rate.
York will be playing Leeds soon at this rate. andy fowler
  • Score: 3

3:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

andy fowler wrote:
York will be playing Leeds soon at this rate.
Not LUTON though. Long may they be in our shadow.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: York will be playing Leeds soon at this rate.[/p][/quote]Not LUTON though. Long may they be in our shadow. bill bailey
  • Score: 6

5:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

heartbreaker says...

Looking at the fixtures between the play off sides this is how the mini table would look (bearing in mind Southend and Burton still need to play each other next week):

1. Southend P5 W3 D2 L0 F6 A2 GD +4 Pts 11
2. Fleetwood P6 W2 D2 L2 F10 A10 GD 0 Pts 8
3. York City P6 W1 D3 L2 F4 A6 GD -2 Pts 6
4. Burton P5 W1 D2 L2 F6 A8 GD -2 Pts 5
Looking at the fixtures between the play off sides this is how the mini table would look (bearing in mind Southend and Burton still need to play each other next week): 1. Southend P5 W3 D2 L0 F6 A2 GD +4 Pts 11 2. Fleetwood P6 W2 D2 L2 F10 A10 GD 0 Pts 8 3. York City P6 W1 D3 L2 F4 A6 GD -2 Pts 6 4. Burton P5 W1 D2 L2 F6 A8 GD -2 Pts 5 heartbreaker
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pip007 says...

That Chelsea defence has obviously been watching York City.
That Chelsea defence has obviously been watching York City. pip007
  • Score: 8

6:08pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

Hoping for Burton in the playoffs, they would suit us best I think...
Hoping for Burton in the playoffs, they would suit us best I think... Southern Exile
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

Don't think Scunthorpe will give us anything next week , they can still win the league.
Don't think Scunthorpe will give us anything next week , they can still win the league. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Sun 27 Apr 14

electricwarrior says...

born&breed wrote:
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot!
[quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot! electricwarrior
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

electricwarrior wrote:
born&breed wrote:
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot!
Well if it's WS at the new stadium he will be over the moon every Monday morning.. They should lay a G3 surface, problem solved , The FA have said as from next season every club in the FA cup competitions can use G3 artificial surfaces, Rugby clubs are already playing on them, Like it or not it's the future,
[quote][p][bold]electricwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot![/p][/quote]Well if it's WS at the new stadium he will be over the moon every Monday morning.. They should lay a G3 surface, problem solved , The FA have said as from next season every club in the FA cup competitions can use G3 artificial surfaces, Rugby clubs are already playing on them, Like it or not it's the future, bill bailey
  • Score: -4

10:50pm Sun 27 Apr 14

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

pip007 wrote:
That Chelsea defence has obviously been watching York City.
If it's good enough for Mourinho!
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: That Chelsea defence has obviously been watching York City.[/p][/quote]If it's good enough for Mourinho! ADAMCUTHBERT
  • Score: 1

8:22am Mon 28 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

Come on. Let's sell our full allocation for Scunny. Let's have a great end to the regular season. Those fans who don't normally travel away, it's great fun. COYR.
Come on. Let's sell our full allocation for Scunny. Let's have a great end to the regular season. Those fans who don't normally travel away, it's great fun. COYR. yorkandproud
  • Score: 2

9:21am Mon 28 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

I know it may be a little presumptuous but I hope Chuitar is beginning the creative process in case we get to our second home ground in late May.
His songs are classics and in the dark days they gave everyone a lift.
I know it may be a little presumptuous but I hope Chuitar is beginning the creative process in case we get to our second home ground in late May. His songs are classics and in the dark days they gave everyone a lift. NottsExile
  • Score: 1

10:09am Mon 28 Apr 14

Boyer for England says...

bill bailey wrote:
Don't think Scunthorpe will give us anything next week , they can still win the league.
They can but they won't imo. Lets go for the win that likely would give us 5th place
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Don't think Scunthorpe will give us anything next week , they can still win the league.[/p][/quote]They can but they won't imo. Lets go for the win that likely would give us 5th place Boyer for England
  • Score: 0

10:23am Mon 28 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC.

Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier
ship.International level.

There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week.

Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months.

COYR.
The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC. Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier ship.International level. There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week. Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months. COYR. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 5

10:34am Mon 28 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

electricwarrior wrote:
born&breed wrote:
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot!
We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built.
#saveboothamcrescent
[quote][p][bold]electricwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot![/p][/quote]We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built. #saveboothamcrescent andy fowler
  • Score: -2

11:12am Mon 28 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

The Legend Of Keith wrote:
The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC.

Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier

ship.International level.

There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week.

Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months.

COYR.
Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat.
NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs.
Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.
[quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC. Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier ship.International level. There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week. Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months. COYR.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat. NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs. Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic. the-e-man
  • Score: 1

11:49am Mon 28 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

So how do Bristol Rovers get TWO players in the PFA league 2 side of the year, Bizarre....
So how do Bristol Rovers get TWO players in the PFA league 2 side of the year, Bizarre.... chuckabuttie
  • Score: 3

11:59am Mon 28 Apr 14

joejamestom says...

the-e-man wrote:
The Legend Of Keith wrote:
The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC.

Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier


ship.International level.

There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week.

Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months.

COYR.
Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat.
NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs.
Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.
I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team,
our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch.
But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms.
Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!!
[quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC. Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier ship.International level. There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week. Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months. COYR.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat. NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs. Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.[/p][/quote]I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team, our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch. But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms. Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!! joejamestom
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Note that the lead article reports "Coulson's 8th goal of the season". I can only recall 7 - Bury (away), Exeter (home), Wimbledon (away), Portsmouth (away) Accrington (home), Oxford (away) and Newport (home). His cross at Burton was helped on by a defender for an own goal.

Can anyone remember another?
Note that the lead article reports "Coulson's 8th goal of the season". I can only recall 7 - Bury (away), Exeter (home), Wimbledon (away), Portsmouth (away) Accrington (home), Oxford (away) and Newport (home). His cross at Burton was helped on by a defender for an own goal. Can anyone remember another? North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: -4

1:48pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Tiggster says...

Well after Accrington and Bury away at Christmas I had all but given up on a mid-table psition never mind play offs. The difference is Pope, Lowe and McCombe and we have become hard to beat. Penn is a factor too but our lack of creativity will maybe find us out in the play offs, even if we reach the final. All our recnt goals have come from throw-ins, penalties or free kicks. Just watch the centre halves and Penn and Montrose during a game when we are in possession, too often its the stock out-ball of lets look to land it on Andrew's head and that way its risk-free football. Its not pretty to watch but its certainly working at the moment as in the last 3 home games the opposition have played the better football but we have won all three! If it gets us to Div 1 then great and hopefully NW can then start adding some creativity? Coulson is a gem at the moment, only one with any invention or flair. No way we gona keep hold of Pope he is far too good for Div 1 or 2, he will be in the championship next season. Looking forward to the Burton games and maybe yet another trip to Bootham Cresent 2 in North London!
Well after Accrington and Bury away at Christmas I had all but given up on a mid-table psition never mind play offs. The difference is Pope, Lowe and McCombe and we have become hard to beat. Penn is a factor too but our lack of creativity will maybe find us out in the play offs, even if we reach the final. All our recnt goals have come from throw-ins, penalties or free kicks. Just watch the centre halves and Penn and Montrose during a game when we are in possession, too often its the stock out-ball of lets look to land it on Andrew's head and that way its risk-free football. Its not pretty to watch but its certainly working at the moment as in the last 3 home games the opposition have played the better football but we have won all three! If it gets us to Div 1 then great and hopefully NW can then start adding some creativity? Coulson is a gem at the moment, only one with any invention or flair. No way we gona keep hold of Pope he is far too good for Div 1 or 2, he will be in the championship next season. Looking forward to the Burton games and maybe yet another trip to Bootham Cresent 2 in North London! Tiggster
  • Score: 1

3:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

My post about Coulson's 8th goal doesn't seem to have been popularly received as I note a score of -4. It wasn't a criticism, simply a request for information. I have kept a faithful record of City's matches and the goal at Burton was reported as an o.g. Did he in fact get the credit for it? Please let me put my anorak straight!
My post about Coulson's 8th goal doesn't seem to have been popularly received as I note a score of -4. It wasn't a criticism, simply a request for information. I have kept a faithful record of City's matches and the goal at Burton was reported as an o.g. Did he in fact get the credit for it? Please let me put my anorak straight! North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 2

4:54pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
Note that the lead article reports "Coulson's 8th goal of the season". I can only recall 7 - Bury (away), Exeter (home), Wimbledon (away), Portsmouth (away) Accrington (home), Oxford (away) and Newport (home). His cross at Burton was helped on by a defender for an own goal.

Can anyone remember another?
He scored against Blackpool in a pre-season friendly ,, they might mean that one , then it is eight,
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: Note that the lead article reports "Coulson's 8th goal of the season". I can only recall 7 - Bury (away), Exeter (home), Wimbledon (away), Portsmouth (away) Accrington (home), Oxford (away) and Newport (home). His cross at Burton was helped on by a defender for an own goal. Can anyone remember another?[/p][/quote]He scored against Blackpool in a pre-season friendly ,, they might mean that one , then it is eight, bill bailey
  • Score: -1

8:36pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Tug job says...

andy fowler wrote:
electricwarrior wrote:
born&breed wrote:
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot!
We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built.
#saveboothamcrescent
"We", Andy Fowler? You're no City fan.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]electricwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot![/p][/quote]We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built. #saveboothamcrescent[/p][/quote]"We", Andy Fowler? You're no City fan. Tug job
  • Score: 0

8:53am Tue 29 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

joejamestom wrote:
the-e-man wrote:
The Legend Of Keith wrote:
The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC.

Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier



ship.International level.

There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week.

Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months.

COYR.
Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat.
NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs.
Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.
I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team,
our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch.
But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms.
Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!!
When I refer to the spine of the team as well the goalkeeper and the centre backs I also include Penn and Andrew. Penn has been magnificent and Andrew, whilst not scoring , has proved a real handful with his physical presence and workrate. Coulson has also conributed with his enormous workrate . Play Coulson wide midfield, sign another wide player and another central midfield player and a goalscorer to play aongside Andrew and, I believe, we have a team capable of achieving even more.
[quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC. Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier ship.International level. There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week. Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months. COYR.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat. NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs. Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.[/p][/quote]I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team, our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch. But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms. Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!![/p][/quote]When I refer to the spine of the team as well the goalkeeper and the centre backs I also include Penn and Andrew. Penn has been magnificent and Andrew, whilst not scoring , has proved a real handful with his physical presence and workrate. Coulson has also conributed with his enormous workrate . Play Coulson wide midfield, sign another wide player and another central midfield player and a goalscorer to play aongside Andrew and, I believe, we have a team capable of achieving even more. the-e-man
  • Score: 0

9:12am Tue 29 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Tug job wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
electricwarrior wrote:
born&breed wrote:
One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.
Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot!
We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built.
#saveboothamcrescent
"We", Andy Fowler? You're no City fan.
Am more of a city fan than the Luton lover Bill Bailey will ever be!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]electricwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: One person I think needs a mention for his efforts this season - Wayne Simpson - he and his team of helpers have produced a pitch to be proud of for the whole season - Newport couldn't believe there eyes when they saw grass!!! Well done to Wayne and the team.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it's the same when we are sharing a stadium with the rugby lot![/p][/quote]We won't as the stadium won't and shouldn't be built. #saveboothamcrescent[/p][/quote]"We", Andy Fowler? You're no City fan.[/p][/quote]Am more of a city fan than the Luton lover Bill Bailey will ever be!!!! andy fowler
  • Score: 1

11:29am Tue 29 Apr 14

joejamestom says...

the-e-man wrote:
joejamestom wrote:
the-e-man wrote:
The Legend Of Keith wrote:
The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC.

Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier




ship.International level.

There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week.

Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months.

COYR.
Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat.
NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs.
Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.
I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team,
our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch.
But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms.
Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!!
When I refer to the spine of the team as well the goalkeeper and the centre backs I also include Penn and Andrew. Penn has been magnificent and Andrew, whilst not scoring , has proved a real handful with his physical presence and workrate. Coulson has also conributed with his enormous workrate . Play Coulson wide midfield, sign another wide player and another central midfield player and a goalscorer to play aongside Andrew and, I believe, we have a team capable of achieving even more.
Not quite with you on Penn I think he is a combative player but does not link up play particularly well or hold the ball well but to be fair to the man players with all that are not usually found at this level & I suppose my view is tainted by his début at Hartlepool where I thought he was very poor. But since then he has always worked hard just not convinced he is the answer to a creative midfield. I do like Andrew though wins most headers & is physical enough to hold up the ball & I am sure NW could instil a more predatory demeanour in him, he does make us difficult to beat from throw ins & set pieces. My worry is replacements for our loan players LB is a difficult one & decent wingers tend to move on towards better pay days a la Blairy. Roll on Scunny!
[quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: The comparison of the team before New Year and after New Year is not one that can be made easily. These are effectively two different teams due to one of the most successful transfer windows I have ever seen for YCFC. Credit must go to Worthington here. He built a team over the summer, saw it in action and weighed up its failings versus the league we are in and then corrected them. We must also remember that this is the first time he has managed at this level and the requirements are very different to Championship/Premier ship.International level. There are still players in the squad who are obviously not quite right for the team. Puri is one that divides opinion. I've not seen anything from him to suggest he is a match winner or game changer... but a few video's on YouTube show him to be sensational! I wonder how he performs in training every week. Scunthorpe is now the most important game of the season. Keeping our run going is essential to us going into the playoffs full of the confidence we have grown over recent months. COYR.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. The new players have made all the difference. The spine of the team is probably as strong as any in this division and with the two good full backs it has made us very hard to beat. NW may decide to rest some players on Saturday. He sees his players every day in training and knows them best. There is some merit in NW playing his strongest team to try and get a result purely so he can keep the momentum going but it is vital that all his key players are fit for the play offs. Either way, after Saturday we need three more good results and then some good qualility additions in the close season. After seeing what has been achieved this season and how far NW has taken the club I am optomistic.[/p][/quote]I am not quite on the same page as you about the spine of the team, our current back 4 are as good or better than any in this division, but going forward centrally we struggle relying on ping pong over the top tactics & set pieces which are making us hard to beat but not the best to watch. But given that NW is making the best of the remains of a fairly battered (by injury) squad we remain a difficult side to play against but if any side manage to score a couple of goals against us in the play off's then our lack of creativity in attack & midfield may see us struggle to get back on terms. Agree about the team built in the summer & NW correcting its failings but for me he was far too slow to take action finalising the correction before Christmas when after 10 games it was obvious the defence was far too porous. Not sure about Puri we have seen so little of him that its hard to see where he fits in the squad, for me the most under utilised talent has been Banjo some of his meandering forays have been the highlight of the game just far too infrequent, he should be given far more licence to cut in & cause trouble & let Penn cover. Great turn around by City & if we could avoid playing a certain team due to promotion then that would be beyond anyone's reasonable expectation the summer will be very interesting now that the manager has a better understanding of lower league football & the player requirements. Fantastic result City!!![/p][/quote]When I refer to the spine of the team as well the goalkeeper and the centre backs I also include Penn and Andrew. Penn has been magnificent and Andrew, whilst not scoring , has proved a real handful with his physical presence and workrate. Coulson has also conributed with his enormous workrate . Play Coulson wide midfield, sign another wide player and another central midfield player and a goalscorer to play aongside Andrew and, I believe, we have a team capable of achieving even more.[/p][/quote]Not quite with you on Penn I think he is a combative player but does not link up play particularly well or hold the ball well but to be fair to the man players with all that are not usually found at this level & I suppose my view is tainted by his début at Hartlepool where I thought he was very poor. But since then he has always worked hard just not convinced he is the answer to a creative midfield. I do like Andrew though wins most headers & is physical enough to hold up the ball & I am sure NW could instil a more predatory demeanour in him, he does make us difficult to beat from throw ins & set pieces. My worry is replacements for our loan players LB is a difficult one & decent wingers tend to move on towards better pay days a la Blairy. Roll on Scunny! joejamestom
  • Score: 0

11:54am Tue 29 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Shopping list for next season:
Pope - if Charlton are relegated they may need to sell "spares" (of course they may choose Pope and sell those "above" him)

a left back who can get down the wing and cross as well as defend - Davies has been very good but susceptible to balls over his left shoulder - would take him if offered as he has made great progress this season

a creative midfelder - we have the ball winners but no vision - Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) would be ideal (but out of our league salary-wise)

replacement for Brobbel/Hayhurst - Ryan isn't in the same form he showed early in the season

striker to accompany Fletcher (assuming he's able to get fit)

NW has a big advantage over many managers at this level - contacts. And he doesn't seem to let the grass grow under his feet.

Congratulations to all of the staff at Bootham Crescent - it has already been a highly successful season; currently 11 points better off than the target I had set them for the season.

How about a curry in Luton on the way back from a win at Wembley?
Shopping list for next season: Pope - if Charlton are relegated they may need to sell "spares" (of course they may choose Pope and sell those "above" him) a left back who can get down the wing and cross as well as defend - Davies has been very good but susceptible to balls over his left shoulder - would take him if offered as he has made great progress this season a creative midfelder - we have the ball winners but no vision - Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) would be ideal (but out of our league salary-wise) replacement for Brobbel/Hayhurst - Ryan isn't in the same form he showed early in the season striker to accompany Fletcher (assuming he's able to get fit) NW has a big advantage over many managers at this level - contacts. And he doesn't seem to let the grass grow under his feet. Congratulations to all of the staff at Bootham Crescent - it has already been a highly successful season; currently 11 points better off than the target I had set them for the season. How about a curry in Luton on the way back from a win at Wembley? North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 1

6:32pm Tue 29 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
Shopping list for next season:
Pope - if Charlton are relegated they may need to sell "spares" (of course they may choose Pope and sell those "above" him)

a left back who can get down the wing and cross as well as defend - Davies has been very good but susceptible to balls over his left shoulder - would take him if offered as he has made great progress this season

a creative midfelder - we have the ball winners but no vision - Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) would be ideal (but out of our league salary-wise)

replacement for Brobbel/Hayhurst - Ryan isn't in the same form he showed early in the season

striker to accompany Fletcher (assuming he's able to get fit)

NW has a big advantage over many managers at this level - contacts. And he doesn't seem to let the grass grow under his feet.

Congratulations to all of the staff at Bootham Crescent - it has already been a highly successful season; currently 11 points better off than the target I had set them for the season.

How about a curry in Luton on the way back from a win at Wembley?
Good idea, Bill Bailey will know the places to go as he's a Luton season ticket holder.
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: Shopping list for next season: Pope - if Charlton are relegated they may need to sell "spares" (of course they may choose Pope and sell those "above" him) a left back who can get down the wing and cross as well as defend - Davies has been very good but susceptible to balls over his left shoulder - would take him if offered as he has made great progress this season a creative midfelder - we have the ball winners but no vision - Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) would be ideal (but out of our league salary-wise) replacement for Brobbel/Hayhurst - Ryan isn't in the same form he showed early in the season striker to accompany Fletcher (assuming he's able to get fit) NW has a big advantage over many managers at this level - contacts. And he doesn't seem to let the grass grow under his feet. Congratulations to all of the staff at Bootham Crescent - it has already been a highly successful season; currently 11 points better off than the target I had set them for the season. How about a curry in Luton on the way back from a win at Wembley?[/p][/quote]Good idea, Bill Bailey will know the places to go as he's a Luton season ticket holder. andy fowler
  • Score: 0

9:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Peppa07 says...

We should play for a result at Scunny and IMO that means 0-0. I'd be tempted to give Coulo a rest as he's going to be the key player to get the couple of goals we need to get into League One, but only he and NW will really know if this makes sense.
We should play for a result at Scunny and IMO that means 0-0. I'd be tempted to give Coulo a rest as he's going to be the key player to get the couple of goals we need to get into League One, but only he and NW will really know if this makes sense. Peppa07
  • Score: 0

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