York City's Matty Blair primed for return to midfield

York Press: Matty Blair is in line for a return to an attacking midfield role for York City tomorrow Matty Blair is in line for a return to an attacking midfield role for York City tomorrow

MATTY Blair is likely to return to his attacking midfield role following the loan arrival of Alex Rodman at York City.

Former Kidderminster winger Blair has played on the right flank for City’s last three games – all draws – following Michael Coulson’s cruciate knee ligament injury.

But, with Aldershot forward Rodman expected to make his debut in tomorrow’s League Two home match against AFC Wimbledon, Blair could be restored to his previous position.

City boss Gary Mills believes Blair – last season’s leading marksman with 20 goals who also has four to his name this term – can be just as potent in the slightly deeper role.

Paddy McLaughlin looks the likely candidate to drop out of the team should Mills settle on the reshuffle although the City boss is also carefully monitoring Scott Kerr eight appearances into his comeback after seven months sidelined with cruciate knee ligament damage.

Minstermen chief Mills said: “We brought Alex in because he gives us a good attacking option and it could also give us the opportunity to move Matty Blair into midfield, where he did superbly well for us.

“He can still score goals and be a big threat from there and his goal on Tuesday was superb, running from a deep central position.

“We all know how difficult one-on-one chances can be but he took his goal superbly well.”

Rodman, 25, will be ineligible for Monday’s FA Cup replay at AFC Wimbledon having been signed after the original date for the first round tie.

But that will not dissuade Mills from handing him his debut in tomorrow’s contest with the City boss pointing out that the pair’s experiences working together for two full seasons at Tamworth should prove beneficial, adding: “He’s an exciting player with a great work ethic who can go past a defender, cross a good ball and score goals. He also knows me and how my teams play.

“He knows the system, as Chris Smith did when he came here from Tamworth.

“I’ve told him we play exactly the same and that he will have the same job in the same position, which he knows all about so that’s a bonus.”

Only long-term injury casualties Coulson and John McReady will be unavailable for the latest meeting with the Wombles, and Danny Kearns is likely to be fit despite missing training yesterday with a minor groin problem.

Mills believes that a win tomorrow should see City, currently a point adrift of the play-off places, climb into that top seven.

Torquay, Rochdale and Burton – the three teams directly above tenth-placed City – are all playing away fixtures this weekend and Mills said: “I thought before Tuesday’s game that we would go into the top seven with a win and I was right.

“I think that will be the case again tomorrow so that’s a big incentive for three points.”

The City boss insists his team’s task will be made no easier, however, by a punishing schedule for Wimbledon that has seen Neil Ardley’s men make a midweek trip to Exeter following last weekend’s first trek to North Yorkshire.

He said: “I hope it will be a factor but I don’t think so.

“Travelling and getting your mindset right are part and parcel of your job as a professional footballer.

“I’m sure their coaching staff will have been getting the right balance between travelling, playing and resting as we are doing.”

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1:44pm Fri 9 Nov 12

PhilTopping says...

Wow. Blair is anything but "superb" in midfield. He's lightweight and anonymous, lacks both the first touch, tackling ability and passing skills for the role. I've seen him in the role 3 times and he's been like a fish out of water everytime. The only time he's noticeable is when he's supplementing Walker from midfield - so why not just leave him there?

Smacks of trying to play all his favourites despite their positional preferences. Gilding the decision with words like superb ain't fooling anyone.
Wow. Blair is anything but "superb" in midfield. He's lightweight and anonymous, lacks both the first touch, tackling ability and passing skills for the role. I've seen him in the role 3 times and he's been like a fish out of water everytime. The only time he's noticeable is when he's supplementing Walker from midfield - so why not just leave him there? Smacks of trying to play all his favourites despite their positional preferences. Gilding the decision with words like superb ain't fooling anyone. PhilTopping
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1:58pm Fri 9 Nov 12

heartbreaker says...

Clueless Mills!! Replace our best attacking player upfront with a guy who can't even get into the worst team I've seen in the division this season.
Clueless Mills!! Replace our best attacking player upfront with a guy who can't even get into the worst team I've seen in the division this season. heartbreaker
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2:58pm Fri 9 Nov 12

walwynwasgod says...

heartbreaker

Oh shut up ffs !
heartbreaker Oh shut up ffs ! walwynwasgod
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3:24pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Theapplesarecoming says...

Stop the **** negativity were in league two a point off playoffs , our position in the leagues and money means our players Arnt going to be perfect but we are doing great and one more win we will be at the top 7 with the best

How long before people start leaving York city fc (players and manager) due to this crap they get constantly.

(I think we have a right by the way to moan about
The last game as it is now two games given away by silly fouling that we should have won otherwise)

But .. Why are we having a go at changes when everyone's apparently unhappy with how we are doing ? Even though we are doing well in the league ?

Give the new player a chance mills had him before and as is stated knows how to get the best out of him and can fit him into the squad playing the same way as he always has under mills , it is easier to recruit someone who can adapt immediately to our playstyle

We do bot have the money to take on top strikers so we have to pick from who's available and think outside the box , this is a good signing who may not be working at aldershot but sometimes all it takes is a team ad
Manager who can get the best out of a player and success will come ..

Welcome to the team by the way rodman can't wait to see you in action on Saturday! Hopefully a big win to get us into playoffs!
Stop the **** negativity were in league two a point off playoffs , our position in the leagues and money means our players Arnt going to be perfect but we are doing great and one more win we will be at the top 7 with the best How long before people start leaving York city fc (players and manager) due to this crap they get constantly. (I think we have a right by the way to moan about The last game as it is now two games given away by silly fouling that we should have won otherwise) But .. Why are we having a go at changes when everyone's apparently unhappy with how we are doing ? Even though we are doing well in the league ? Give the new player a chance mills had him before and as is stated knows how to get the best out of him and can fit him into the squad playing the same way as he always has under mills , it is easier to recruit someone who can adapt immediately to our playstyle We do bot have the money to take on top strikers so we have to pick from who's available and think outside the box , this is a good signing who may not be working at aldershot but sometimes all it takes is a team ad Manager who can get the best out of a player and success will come .. Welcome to the team by the way rodman can't wait to see you in action on Saturday! Hopefully a big win to get us into playoffs! Theapplesarecoming
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3:25pm Fri 9 Nov 12

dazthecat says...

PhilTopping wrote:
Wow. Blair is anything but "superb" in midfield. He's lightweight and anonymous, lacks both the first touch, tackling ability and passing skills for the role. I've seen him in the role 3 times and he's been like a fish out of water everytime. The only time he's noticeable is when he's supplementing Walker from midfield - so why not just leave him there? Smacks of trying to play all his favourites despite their positional preferences. Gilding the decision with words like superb ain't fooling anyone.
To be fair, and don't get me wrong I would much rather see Blair in one of the front 3 positions, he had started to show signs of improvement in that role before coulson's injury.
[quote][p][bold]PhilTopping[/bold] wrote: Wow. Blair is anything but "superb" in midfield. He's lightweight and anonymous, lacks both the first touch, tackling ability and passing skills for the role. I've seen him in the role 3 times and he's been like a fish out of water everytime. The only time he's noticeable is when he's supplementing Walker from midfield - so why not just leave him there? Smacks of trying to play all his favourites despite their positional preferences. Gilding the decision with words like superb ain't fooling anyone.[/p][/quote]To be fair, and don't get me wrong I would much rather see Blair in one of the front 3 positions, he had started to show signs of improvement in that role before coulson's injury. dazthecat
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4:42pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Mickey T says...

I think we are doing fine. Why do people expect or even demand that we win every game and hammer side's.

That no opposition has the right to shoot at our goal!!!!!

Come into the real world. I don't aim this at all the previous posts in the thread..
I think we are doing fine. Why do people expect or even demand that we win every game and hammer side's. That no opposition has the right to shoot at our goal!!!!! Come into the real world. I don't aim this at all the previous posts in the thread.. Mickey T
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6:14pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Phil, Leeds says...

Blair's def better as part of the front line and it's pointless trying to pretend otherwise. Why don't we just go 442 with Blair and Chambers on the wings and Rodman and Walker (if he won't play Reed) up front? This game is a must win for City to try and make it 3 wins from 11 home games. Nothing less will be acceptable.
Blair's def better as part of the front line and it's pointless trying to pretend otherwise. Why don't we just go 442 with Blair and Chambers on the wings and Rodman and Walker (if he won't play Reed) up front? This game is a must win for City to try and make it 3 wins from 11 home games. Nothing less will be acceptable. Phil, Leeds
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6:15pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

Blair has the pace and stamina to scare any team. I'd always find a place for him - simply never lets you down. Leading goal scorer too last season, plus astonishing work-rate, what is there not to like?
Blair has the pace and stamina to scare any team. I'd always find a place for him - simply never lets you down. Leading goal scorer too last season, plus astonishing work-rate, what is there not to like? Even AndyD
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5:41pm Sat 10 Nov 12

heartbreaker says...

walwynwasgod wrote:
heartbreaker

Oh shut up ffs !
Sorry I apologise. Tactics were spot on today.
[quote][p][bold]walwynwasgod[/bold] wrote: heartbreaker Oh shut up ffs ![/p][/quote]Sorry I apologise. Tactics were spot on today. heartbreaker
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6:41pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Yorkie41 says...

Allways been the same problem with City and I have watched them for nearly 70 years, and I still have not learnt my lesson, I still go back to watch soime of this rubish they play.I think I will go down to the Navesmire now and watch the youngsters play it is much more entertaining.
Allways been the same problem with City and I have watched them for nearly 70 years, and I still have not learnt my lesson, I still go back to watch soime of this rubish they play.I think I will go down to the Navesmire now and watch the youngsters play it is much more entertaining. Yorkie41
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6:58pm Sat 10 Nov 12

PhilTopping says...

The "doom mongers" above are being proved right. The "happy clappers" are starting to look a bit naive and daft.

Wasted a lot of hard earned cash today.
The "doom mongers" above are being proved right. The "happy clappers" are starting to look a bit naive and daft. Wasted a lot of hard earned cash today. PhilTopping
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8:33pm Sat 10 Nov 12

heartbreaker says...

By the way I'm not a doom monger generally but seriously why is he insisting on playing Blair in midfield when we have a wealth of midfield talent - McLaughlin, J Smith, Potts, even Platt.
By the way I'm not a doom monger generally but seriously why is he insisting on playing Blair in midfield when we have a wealth of midfield talent - McLaughlin, J Smith, Potts, even Platt. heartbreaker
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