YORK CITY’S defence has proved so stout in the first two games of the new season that goalkeeper Jason Mooney is eager for more work to do.
The 25-year-old shot-stopper revealed he is starting to “feel at home” at Bootham Crescent ahead of the League Two match-up against Northampton tomorrow.
He has linked up so well with central defenders Keith Lowe, John McCombe and Dave Winfield in the opening two games against Tranmere and Doncaster that he has been a virtual spectator at various points of the matches.
Delighted with the way the back four has performed so far, aside from a fretful late few minutes that led to Rovers’ equaliser at Prenton Park last Saturday, Mooney confesses he would like to have had some sterner action as he adapts to being a number one for the first time.
Looking back at the 1-1 draw at his former club Tranmere and the unlucky 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat against Doncaster at home in midweek, Mooney said: “They have been two unlucky games from our point of view. I think we would all agree that we have been the better team in both games.
“Attacking-wise, we have looked really good so far and, defensively, we have looked very solid apart from the last four minutes on Saturday and only one attack on Tuesday that made us look vulnerable.
“The games have been good. Hopefully we are starting to settle in a bit better and games are coming thick and fast. There’s nowhere to hide now.
“I am starting to feel at home now at Bootham Crescent. The fans are great and it is a nice ground to play in - a proper football ground.”
On the two goals he has conceded, Mooney said: “I got a hand to it (the Tranmere equaliser). Keith Lowe was in my eyeline so I didn’t see it until late. I thought maybe I’d got enough on it when it was on its way into the net.
“On Tuesday, I had nothing much to do. Maybe two or three comfortable saves and then the goal. It was just a good finish - off the far post and in. You can’t really cover much of that when it has got power on it as well.”
He added: “The defence are winning near enough every header, the three that have played so far, and I can’t complain about anything.
“The whole defence are doing their bit and that’s probably contributing to me not having too much to do.
“Just about two shots against me have been two goals so I think to myself ‘could I have done more?’
“But Andy (Collett, goalkeeping coach) has been quick to assure me that, of the two goals, one was a finish across me in the far corner and the other is from close range with bodies in front.
“I will hopefully get a bit more to do, get a few more crosses to come for and get myself settled in and bedded into the team.”
Mooney is enjoying his first real stint as a League custodian.
And, although he admits his inexperience, he has pledged to learn as much as he can as quickly as possible.
He said: “I’m 25 and you’ve usually played two or three seasons by now.
“I only came into football when I was 22.
“I have waited a long time and worked hard to get here so all I can do is my best in every game.”