Michael Ingham to keep his York City place despite Exeter error

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham is beaten to the ball by Exeter goalscorer David Wheeler

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham is beaten to the ball by Exeter goalscorer David Wheeler

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MICHAEL Ingham will keep his place in York City’s goal for this weekend’s home match with Wycombe despite admitting he was at fault for Exeter’s goal in a 1-1 draw at St James Park.

The 34-year-old shot-stopper, recalled for his first City start since January, misjudged a Matt Oakley cross that saw winger David Wheeler head the hosts into an early lead.

But Bootham Crescent chief Nigel Worthington was satisfied with how Ingham recovered from his mistake during a second period in which Keith Lowe earned the visitors a share of the spoils with his 82nd-minute header.

Ingham made the team sheet in Devon after replacing summer signing Jason Mooney during the half-time interval in last Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Cambridge and he will carry on between the sticks this weekend.

On that decision, Worthington said: “Inghy held his hand up for the goal. He’s been positive and tried to get the ball, but their lad has got there before him and that’s part of life and goalkeeping.

“He took a couple of big catches in the second half though and held on to them, which showed character. He has got the experience and capability and he will be in the team against Wycombe. It’s as simple as that.”

Worthington added that he was happy with a point from the 600-mile round trip after admitting his side turned in a “less than average” display.

“It took us a while to respond to going behind because people weren’t doing what they should have been doing,” the Minstermen boss pointed out. “It looked very much like we had played five games in a short space of time and come into this game on the back of a long journey.

“I think it took 35 minutes before we actually passed the ball like we can do and we made hard work of the match – there’s no doubt about that. Exeter played quite well but that might have been down to us not doing our jobs as well as we have been doing.

“Our performances have been excellent this season but we were hit and miss. A point away from home is never a bad result though and I am happy to get a draw from a game in which we were less than average.

“It’s out of the way now and we have a week for myself and (assistant manager) Steve (Torpey) to rehearse, rehearse and rehearse before Wycombe at home on Saturday.”

City have now shared the spoils in all four of their opening Sky Bet League Two fixtures with Worthington stressing the need to turn those draws into wins quickly.

“We are unbeaten, which is always a good thing, but we’ve got to really push on now and get three points,” he reasoned. “We have got to try and force the situation and play with belief.”

Centre-back Lowe’s goal was his second of the season already and Worthington is happy with that return, saying: “We need goals from every department and he’s doing his bit at the moment.”

Winger Lindon Meikle, meanwhile, could be restored to the first XI this weekend after being restricted to a substitute outing against Exeter due to illness with midfielder Tom Platt filling in on the flank.

On Meikle’s condition, Worthington said: “He had a bug and was really under the weather. It was touch and go whether he would even make the bench, but he came on and put a shift in for the team and that’s the type of boy he is.

“Tom Platt deserves credit too for playing out of position and putting in a shift.”

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11:07pm Sat 23 Aug 14

BruceBenton says...

We were diabolical.

Exeter are a poor team and we should have taken the game to them but we let them dictate from the start.

I could see Ingham was going to mess up the cross as he didn't go for it straightaway.

A point a game is relegation form and if we don't win soon it will be another long season.

Several times in the game we could have shot for goal from outside the area but chose not to for some reason. The Exeter goalie was a young chap and surely needed testing but no we passed the ball sideways rather taking a pop at goal.

Very disappointing day.
We were diabolical. Exeter are a poor team and we should have taken the game to them but we let them dictate from the start. I could see Ingham was going to mess up the cross as he didn't go for it straightaway. A point a game is relegation form and if we don't win soon it will be another long season. Several times in the game we could have shot for goal from outside the area but chose not to for some reason. The Exeter goalie was a young chap and surely needed testing but no we passed the ball sideways rather taking a pop at goal. Very disappointing day. BruceBenton
  • Score: 5

9:36am Sun 24 Aug 14

TheBurton says...

I think it's also fair to mention that we are still unbeaten in the league since February (Playoffs don't count). The wins will come, hopefully at home this Saturday!
I think it's also fair to mention that we are still unbeaten in the league since February (Playoffs don't count). The wins will come, hopefully at home this Saturday! TheBurton
  • Score: 15

11:10am Sun 24 Aug 14

AB- says...

Remember Ingham's performances last season before he was kicked into touch, action to find to find a replacement keeper must happen now before calamity Ingham strikes again
Remember Ingham's performances last season before he was kicked into touch, action to find to find a replacement keeper must happen now before calamity Ingham strikes again AB-
  • Score: -25

12:03pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Willieeckerslike says...

It is odd how a goalkeeper is remembered by his mistakes. Not counting yesterday's game, players have missed chances to have put the first three games to bed and have the club sat on nine points from three games., goalkeeping errors or not.

It is a team game and they should all stand up and be counted, they take the plaudits for making the play-offs. Don't blame Michael zing hame alone for yesterday, and IMO he is at the moment the better of our two keepers.
It is odd how a goalkeeper is remembered by his mistakes. Not counting yesterday's game, players have missed chances to have put the first three games to bed and have the club sat on nine points from three games., goalkeeping errors or not. It is a team game and they should all stand up and be counted, they take the plaudits for making the play-offs. Don't blame Michael zing hame alone for yesterday, and IMO he is at the moment the better of our two keepers. Willieeckerslike
  • Score: 12

12:47pm Sun 24 Aug 14

YorkCityLuke says...

AB- wrote:
Remember Ingham's performances last season before he was kicked into touch, action to find to find a replacement keeper must happen now before calamity Ingham strikes again
He'd had a bad spell early in the season, but I remember that just before Pope came he'd kept three consecutive clean sheets and was looking good. Obvioulsy NW knew what he was doing replacing him at that point because Popey turned out to be one of the best keepers we've ever had, but Ingham hadn't been playing badly (if I recall correctly...).
[quote][p][bold]AB-[/bold] wrote: Remember Ingham's performances last season before he was kicked into touch, action to find to find a replacement keeper must happen now before calamity Ingham strikes again[/p][/quote]He'd had a bad spell early in the season, but I remember that just before Pope came he'd kept three consecutive clean sheets and was looking good. Obvioulsy NW knew what he was doing replacing him at that point because Popey turned out to be one of the best keepers we've ever had, but Ingham hadn't been playing badly (if I recall correctly...). YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 13

1:00pm Sun 24 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

Ingham will be fine perhaps not as blessed as Pope was but good enough, our finishing after creating good opportunities is of more concern continuing on from last season. Goals from all areas of the team will be vital as will 10 plus goals from each of the strikers. Other concerns are players sliding in challenges in the box just too easily punished by regarded wanting their moments. In general we seem to be able to match or outplay our competitors so far so with a few less mistakes better finishing we should be ok. Plenty for the coaching staff to do including realising Mooneys potential. By game 10 NW should have dealt with the weaknesses & prepared any interventions by means of loans or free agent signings. Keeping the faith in our household even if we seem to be in a falsely low position in the table.
Ingham will be fine perhaps not as blessed as Pope was but good enough, our finishing after creating good opportunities is of more concern continuing on from last season. Goals from all areas of the team will be vital as will 10 plus goals from each of the strikers. Other concerns are players sliding in challenges in the box just too easily punished by regarded wanting their moments. In general we seem to be able to match or outplay our competitors so far so with a few less mistakes better finishing we should be ok. Plenty for the coaching staff to do including realising Mooneys potential. By game 10 NW should have dealt with the weaknesses & prepared any interventions by means of loans or free agent signings. Keeping the faith in our household even if we seem to be in a falsely low position in the table. joejamestom
  • Score: 3

1:12pm Sun 24 Aug 14

bill bailey says...

BruceBenton wrote:
We were diabolical.

Exeter are a poor team and we should have taken the game to them but we let them dictate from the start.

I could see Ingham was going to mess up the cross as he didn't go for it straightaway.

A point a game is relegation form and if we don't win soon it will be another long season.

Several times in the game we could have shot for goal from outside the area but chose not to for some reason. The Exeter goalie was a young chap and surely needed testing but no we passed the ball sideways rather taking a pop at goal.

Very disappointing day.
Facts are facts and you are saying what I have been saying, yesterday 13 shots 3 on target, it is abysmal from professional strikers getting paid good money to perform , I don't care what some on here are saying we should have been up the top with at least 10 points had they done their jobs , its no good saying we were the better team in our games so far, but we got nothing to show for it, 4 points, This is catch up time, they better star scoring goals soon.
[quote][p][bold]BruceBenton[/bold] wrote: We were diabolical. Exeter are a poor team and we should have taken the game to them but we let them dictate from the start. I could see Ingham was going to mess up the cross as he didn't go for it straightaway. A point a game is relegation form and if we don't win soon it will be another long season. Several times in the game we could have shot for goal from outside the area but chose not to for some reason. The Exeter goalie was a young chap and surely needed testing but no we passed the ball sideways rather taking a pop at goal. Very disappointing day.[/p][/quote]Facts are facts and you are saying what I have been saying, yesterday 13 shots 3 on target, it is abysmal from professional strikers getting paid good money to perform , I don't care what some on here are saying we should have been up the top with at least 10 points had they done their jobs , its no good saying we were the better team in our games so far, but we got nothing to show for it, 4 points, This is catch up time, they better star scoring goals soon. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Budgie says...

Comment above Ingham not as blessed as Pope, if he remains we will need the Pope's blessing.
Comment above Ingham not as blessed as Pope, if he remains we will need the Pope's blessing. Budgie
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Sun 24 Aug 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Playing in goal is a vulnerable position, the goalkeeper has no hiding place when a goal is conceded. But outfield players can squander chance after chance and they seem to be exempt from the flack. We missed enough goalscoring chances against Cambridge Utd to have beaten them easily, yet still the result was blamed on Jason Mooneys errors. After opting to change goalkeepers the Manager now has to give Michael Ingham a fair chance in goal. So quite rightly he is playing him again next week. We have only played four league games so there is no need for mass hysteria. League tables dont lie, and most teams are currently where they deserve to be. That is not just down to one player, for as we all know football is a team game.
Playing in goal is a vulnerable position, the goalkeeper has no hiding place when a goal is conceded. But outfield players can squander chance after chance and they seem to be exempt from the flack. We missed enough goalscoring chances against Cambridge Utd to have beaten them easily, yet still the result was blamed on Jason Mooneys errors. After opting to change goalkeepers the Manager now has to give Michael Ingham a fair chance in goal. So quite rightly he is playing him again next week. We have only played four league games so there is no need for mass hysteria. League tables dont lie, and most teams are currently where they deserve to be. That is not just down to one player, for as we all know football is a team game. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 16

7:46pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Kent Minsterman says...

You could see yesterday its the knock on effect of the goalkeeping problem that will cause us problems. Its the lack of confidence the defence have in the goalie and their realiability will suffer. Unlike last year with Popie they knew Ingham would stay on his line and they worked overtime to head it, scuff it or hoof it out of the area anyway they could. Inghams head was down at half time and even at full time.
Also whats the last thing we do in the warm up - we practice shots at goal. Only Josh is willing to put his foot through the ball the rest try curling it into the corner or passing it to a marked colleague or giving it away, So frustrating - try to wellie it sometimes, these balls fly now, and if it hits a defender it can go anywhere - hopefully in the net.
You could see yesterday its the knock on effect of the goalkeeping problem that will cause us problems. Its the lack of confidence the defence have in the goalie and their realiability will suffer. Unlike last year with Popie they knew Ingham would stay on his line and they worked overtime to head it, scuff it or hoof it out of the area anyway they could. Inghams head was down at half time and even at full time. Also whats the last thing we do in the warm up - we practice shots at goal. Only Josh is willing to put his foot through the ball the rest try curling it into the corner or passing it to a marked colleague or giving it away, So frustrating - try to wellie it sometimes, these balls fly now, and if it hits a defender it can go anywhere - hopefully in the net. Kent Minsterman
  • Score: 4

9:51am Mon 25 Aug 14

born&breed says...

Personally the performance was the worst away in a couple of seasons - we were poor - on saying that we did stick at it and get the point. Tilsdale reckoned they should have had all three - sorry Paul, I think you were watching a different game. Whilst being poor the point was well earned against a very poor Exeter side. On a good day we would have taken them apart. Question: Why did we continue to play hoof-ball with a swirlling wind?
Personally the performance was the worst away in a couple of seasons - we were poor - on saying that we did stick at it and get the point. Tilsdale reckoned they should have had all three - sorry Paul, I think you were watching a different game. Whilst being poor the point was well earned against a very poor Exeter side. On a good day we would have taken them apart. Question: Why did we continue to play hoof-ball with a swirlling wind? born&breed
  • Score: 6
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