York City "pushing hard" for promotion

York Press: York City's John McCombe in action during the match at Bootham Cresent. York City's John McCombe in action during the match at Bootham Cresent.

YORK CITY will be “pushing hard” for League Two promotion next season, declared centre-back John McCombe.

The 29-year-old, whose career has been revitalised at Bootham Crescent following his January move from Mansfield, said the squad were “gutted” at narrowly missing out on a trip to Wembley for the League Two play-off final but said he was already looking forward to next season.

Reflecting on the 0-0 draw at Fleetwood Town last Friday night, which saw the Minstermen go down by a single goal in their two-legged semi-final, McCombe said: “What we wanted to do was come to Fleetwood and do ourselves proud.

“Obviously we wanted to get through to the final and the lads are gutted but we know that, on Friday night, the performance we put in was outstanding and epitomised what we have done in the second half of the season.

“We went for it but, unfortunately, we couldn’t get the goal. We probably haven’t scored as many goals as we could in recent weeks. We are gutted but, in the next day or two, we will realise how well we played.

“I thought if we had got one we could have gone on and got two or three.”

Far from being totally despondent at the defeat, though, McCombe believes York’s surge into the play-offs in the second half of the season - with saw them lose just one game in 19 - can be a springboard to a successful campaign next time around.

He added: “It should do. Hopefully we will keep most of the group here now. Quite a lot of them are out of contract but, hopefully, we will keep a lot of the lads. We’ve still got a lot of young lads in there too who keep improving.

“The gaffer brought some more experienced players in like myself, (Keith) Lowe, and (Russell) Penn over Christmas and I think that has shown.

“The gaffer will probably get a couple of additions over the summer and we will be pushing hard again next season.”

Having played only seven times at Mansfield, following his summer move from Port Vale, before being rescued by City chief Nigel Worthington, McCombe said the last six months had been an “outstanding” time for him.

“When we reflect on the season as a whole, I think it is a big success for the club,” he explained. “Coming in January, I was at Mansfield and didn’t enjoy my time there.

“I owe the gaffer big time for bringing me here and I love playing out there. To be here, and enjoying my football like I have the last six months, has been outstanding.

“We are gutted (at the Fleetwood loss) but I have absolutely loved it, am glad to be at the club, and looking forward to next season already.”

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1:30pm Thu 22 May 14

bierhoff says...

Full credit to big John, made a massive difference when he came in and his partnership with Lowe has to be one of the best if not the best in the league. I'm pleased he recognises how well all the lads played in the 2nd leg against Fleetwood, if we perform to that level we'll win 9/10 games we play.

Such great progress made over the last 6 months, hopefully more solid progress to come next season!
Full credit to big John, made a massive difference when he came in and his partnership with Lowe has to be one of the best if not the best in the league. I'm pleased he recognises how well all the lads played in the 2nd leg against Fleetwood, if we perform to that level we'll win 9/10 games we play. Such great progress made over the last 6 months, hopefully more solid progress to come next season! bierhoff
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1:41pm Thu 22 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Thats what we would all love to see, York City pushing for promotion next season. But there are no guarantees, just because we made the play-offs this season. Northampton were beaten in a play-off final, yet they struggled to avoid relegation the following season . Cheltenham twice lost in the play-offs but couldnt get near them this season. Football is very unpredictable as teams vary from season to season. I wouldnt be surprised if teams like Portsmouth, Northampton and Bury were to be in contention at the top end of the table next season. City just need to sign the right players who will improve our chances.
Thats what we would all love to see, York City pushing for promotion next season. But there are no guarantees, just because we made the play-offs this season. Northampton were beaten in a play-off final, yet they struggled to avoid relegation the following season . Cheltenham twice lost in the play-offs but couldnt get near them this season. Football is very unpredictable as teams vary from season to season. I wouldnt be surprised if teams like Portsmouth, Northampton and Bury were to be in contention at the top end of the table next season. City just need to sign the right players who will improve our chances. OLD - HEAD
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1:49pm Sun 25 May 14

redbluelion says...

every player want success for there clubs not just at york.its how we go about fulfilling our targets next season that hopefully brings the success we need to win promotion...but we can do it if we all stay together and encourage not just the starting 11 players but all the players we have to stay sharp and ready for action at any given time.i still think we need to get a reserve team going again.but can't wait for the new season to kick off..
every player want success for there clubs not just at york.its how we go about fulfilling our targets next season that hopefully brings the success we need to win promotion...but we can do it if we all stay together and encourage not just the starting 11 players but all the players we have to stay sharp and ready for action at any given time.i still think we need to get a reserve team going again.but can't wait for the new season to kick off.. redbluelion
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