Anger and frustration spurs York City match-winner Michael Potts

York Press: Two-goal York City midfielder Michael Potts  takes on Rochdale’s Ryan Edwards in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Spotland. The game was a rare chance for Potts to impress in a City shirt after a  long spell on the sideline. Picture: Gordon Clayton Two-goal York City midfielder Michael Potts takes on Rochdale’s Ryan Edwards in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Spotland. The game was a rare chance for Potts to impress in a City shirt after a long spell on the sideline. Picture: Gordon Clayton

MICHAEL Potts vented all his anger on Rochdale after his surprise recall to York City’s side in Saturday’s 3-2 win.

The transfer-listed midfielder had managed only three substitute outings this season, amounting to just over an hour of football, prior to being named in Gary Mills’ starting line-up for the first time since the dead rubber home game against Forest Green on the final day of the regular 2011/12 campaign.

In fact, Potts’ selection represented only his third league appearance in a Minstermen first XI since arriving in North Yorkshire from Blackburn Rovers 18 months ago.

Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent, Potts channelled that frustration with a two-goal, first-half blast at Spotland that set City on their way to a first win in eight games.

After being handed his first opportunity since a cameo off the bench at Burton in mid-September, Potts confessed: “It’s been a very, very frustrating period and I had a lot of anger in me for Saturday’s game. I just wanted to prove to people what I can do. I feel like I’ve been locked away.

“I just wanted to get out there and play football.

“I’m just pleased the gaffer believed in me and gave me that chance.”

Potts believes Saturday’s game also vindicates his decision to stay with the Minstermen after Mills circulated his availability to other clubs in August.

“I could have left a couple of times,” he revealed. “I just felt the moves weren’t right for me so I’m glad I waited.”

With Jonathan Smith, Lee Bullock and Tom Platt having all been farmed out on loan, Mills turned to Potts after Danny Kearns was recalled by parent club Peterborough.

About that twist in fate, the talented 21-year-old added: “That’s how football works. Doors open and you have to take your chances.

“Kearnsy did really well for us and he’s a great player. Hopefully, he will play at Peterborough now and I’m so grateful that they called him back.”

Having never broken into the first team at Ewood Park, Potts’ goals at Rochdale were also his first in senior football and he was thrilled by both, saying: “The gaffer just told me to play my game so I just kept things simple and tried to get in the box to hopefully get some goals.

“I couldn’t believe my luck when I got two – it was an unbelievable feeling. For the first, Jamal showed all game that he has great pace and puts balls in areas where you just have to get into.

“The ball hit me in the face first of all but luckily I reacted before they did to put it in the net. For the second, there were two defenders on the line but luckily my shot had enough pace to hit the back of the net.”

Potts could, indeed, have claimed a hat-trick, having missed the target with his weaker foot in between the two strikes.

“I’ve got to practice on my left because I pulled it,” he admitted.

On his overall performance and that of the team, Potts added: “It’s my game to get on the ball, have one touch or two, then keep it moving.

“I’m not the biggest lad and I need to do that so the opposition don’t get near me. We kept the ball moving really well in the first half.

“They put pressure on us in the second and it was a bit harder. They were right on top of us and we just had to keep putting the ball in behind them and see the game out, which we did in the end even if I gave a penalty away.”

An honest Potts held his hand up for the spot kick decision and also understood referee Oliver Langford’s failure to detect a shirt tug on him during the build up to the hosts’ first goal, adding: “Michael Ingham says their player drew the referee in a bit but I think it probably was a penalty.

“I went up to win the header but I was on the wrong side. For their first goal, their player got away with it.

“It was in the middle of the park but it was on the referee’s blindside and everybody makes mistakes.”

Potts is now hoping to retain his place for Saturday’s match at Plymouth and feels fit enough to cope with back-to-back outings despite his long spells of inactivity this term.

He said: “The gaffer told me two days before Saturday’s game that he was 90 per cent certain I’d be playing. He just wasn’t too sure about my fitness and asked if it would be better if we waited another couple of games.

“I told him that of course I was ready to play and, even though my legs were a bit tired towards the end, I will be ready to play again at Plymouth.”

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12:19pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Gladys Cheesepick says...

"Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent"

Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say.

However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas.
"Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent" Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say. However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas. Gladys Cheesepick

12:28pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Colin Pratt says...

Gladys Cheesepick wrote:
"Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent" Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say. However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas.
Firstly I would like to welcome Ms Cheesepick back to the Press. I am sure you all know the horrendous situation and problems that Glad has faced for the last 12 months and I know that I wont be the only one who is amazed at how she has overcome the terrible circumstances. Welcome back and also nice to see you back at BC for the last 3 home games too.

Back to the story - Great honest interview by Michael. I must admit that Spotland was a very nervous place for the last 10 minutes and unusually I left at the f/t whistle as opposed to when the 4th official puts up his board. I just wanted to witness a City win for the first time in a long time! I hope Michael can hold down a place and be given a run in the team. I like his composure on the ball and feel that he has been the one we have needed for a while. I'm also glad for Jason for his "strange" goal too and glad he has put the ball in the net for a change. I have never knocked JW and still believe he is the best striker we have had for a number of years. It’s not Walker that is playing badly it is Mills' inability to manage a team formation to beat other teams. FACT.
[quote][p][bold]Gladys Cheesepick[/bold] wrote: "Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent" Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say. However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas.[/p][/quote]Firstly I would like to welcome Ms Cheesepick back to the Press. I am sure you all know the horrendous situation and problems that Glad has faced for the last 12 months and I know that I wont be the only one who is amazed at how she has overcome the terrible circumstances. Welcome back and also nice to see you back at BC for the last 3 home games too. Back to the story - Great honest interview by Michael. I must admit that Spotland was a very nervous place for the last 10 minutes and unusually I left at the f/t whistle as opposed to when the 4th official puts up his board. I just wanted to witness a City win for the first time in a long time! I hope Michael can hold down a place and be given a run in the team. I like his composure on the ball and feel that he has been the one we have needed for a while. I'm also glad for Jason for his "strange" goal too and glad he has put the ball in the net for a change. I have never knocked JW and still believe he is the best striker we have had for a number of years. It’s not Walker that is playing badly it is Mills' inability to manage a team formation to beat other teams. FACT. Colin Pratt

12:42pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Fat Harry says...

I like Potts' attitude. Despite continuing disappointment at being sidelined, I don't think he's ever moaned or whinged on Twitter, and has stepped up to the mark when needed.

I really hope he gets the chance to prove himself further over the next few games, and that he seizes that chance with both hands.
I like Potts' attitude. Despite continuing disappointment at being sidelined, I don't think he's ever moaned or whinged on Twitter, and has stepped up to the mark when needed. I really hope he gets the chance to prove himself further over the next few games, and that he seizes that chance with both hands. Fat Harry

12:50pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Gladys Cheesepick says...

Thanks Colin, I look forward to my first away game at Chesterfield which Glen has promised to take me. Colin, I do however find your reluctance to give Mills 'a break' quite tiresome. Having been to the last three games it’s clear that we have been out of our depth at times, but Mills is learning and while our performances are inconsistent the league table doesn’t lie. We are safe and are in no danger of going down. FACT. Or are we? It only takes a few defeats and we could get dragged back into it. However I’m confident this won’t happen - though it depends on Mills. Either way I’ll be selling mince pies again in the social club before Xmas – shall I put you down for a dozen LOL
Thanks Colin, I look forward to my first away game at Chesterfield which Glen has promised to take me. Colin, I do however find your reluctance to give Mills 'a break' quite tiresome. Having been to the last three games it’s clear that we have been out of our depth at times, but Mills is learning and while our performances are inconsistent the league table doesn’t lie. We are safe and are in no danger of going down. FACT. Or are we? It only takes a few defeats and we could get dragged back into it. However I’m confident this won’t happen - though it depends on Mills. Either way I’ll be selling mince pies again in the social club before Xmas – shall I put you down for a dozen LOL Gladys Cheesepick

3:01pm Tue 4 Dec 12

OLD - HEAD says...

I was delighted to be at Rochdale and see our first win in ages. But I have been watching City for far too long to get carried away. Pottsy did well in his unexpected return to the team, surely he has earned another game. We certainly have not turned the corner yet, and Plymouth will be no pushover on their own pitch. But Saturday was a great confidence booster, lets hope that we can get at least a point down there.
I was delighted to be at Rochdale and see our first win in ages. But I have been watching City for far too long to get carried away. Pottsy did well in his unexpected return to the team, surely he has earned another game. We certainly have not turned the corner yet, and Plymouth will be no pushover on their own pitch. But Saturday was a great confidence booster, lets hope that we can get at least a point down there. OLD - HEAD

4:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

jumbojet says...

I go back to a friendly with a Sunderland 11 and Mr Mills brought on Michael Potts. Those of us watching could not understand what he was doing, he is on the transfer list, and the whole idea of the friendly was to give the 'supposed' first 11 a run out. No problems, he had a good game, and 'we', the crowd, questioned why he was on the transfer list, and still do, he is an excellent little footballer
I go back to a friendly with a Sunderland 11 and Mr Mills brought on Michael Potts. Those of us watching could not understand what he was doing, he is on the transfer list, and the whole idea of the friendly was to give the 'supposed' first 11 a run out. No problems, he had a good game, and 'we', the crowd, questioned why he was on the transfer list, and still do, he is an excellent little footballer jumbojet

4:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

redbluelion says...

this team is becoming a great away side.but its a disappointment at home..we need to get this sorted ..home gates will continue to drop if we don't..
this team is becoming a great away side.but its a disappointment at home..we need to get this sorted ..home gates will continue to drop if we don't.. redbluelion

5:10pm Tue 4 Dec 12

uhtred says...

Colin Pratt wrote:
Gladys Cheesepick wrote: "Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent" Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say. However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas.
Firstly I would like to welcome Ms Cheesepick back to the Press. I am sure you all know the horrendous situation and problems that Glad has faced for the last 12 months and I know that I wont be the only one who is amazed at how she has overcome the terrible circumstances. Welcome back and also nice to see you back at BC for the last 3 home games too. Back to the story - Great honest interview by Michael. I must admit that Spotland was a very nervous place for the last 10 minutes and unusually I left at the f/t whistle as opposed to when the 4th official puts up his board. I just wanted to witness a City win for the first time in a long time! I hope Michael can hold down a place and be given a run in the team. I like his composure on the ball and feel that he has been the one we have needed for a while. I'm also glad for Jason for his "strange" goal too and glad he has put the ball in the net for a change. I have never knocked JW and still believe he is the best striker we have had for a number of years. It’s not Walker that is playing badly it is Mills' inability to manage a team formation to beat other teams. FACT.
why do you keep adding FACT after your posts when clearly they are opinons not facts.
[quote][p][bold]Colin Pratt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gladys Cheesepick[/bold] wrote: "Admitting that he has felt imprisoned on occasions at Bootham Crescent" Oh my gosh what a dreadful thing to say. However, moving on from that, it was great to see him score, hopefully he will go on a scoring run now and we can all have a peaceful chrsitmas.[/p][/quote]Firstly I would like to welcome Ms Cheesepick back to the Press. I am sure you all know the horrendous situation and problems that Glad has faced for the last 12 months and I know that I wont be the only one who is amazed at how she has overcome the terrible circumstances. Welcome back and also nice to see you back at BC for the last 3 home games too. Back to the story - Great honest interview by Michael. I must admit that Spotland was a very nervous place for the last 10 minutes and unusually I left at the f/t whistle as opposed to when the 4th official puts up his board. I just wanted to witness a City win for the first time in a long time! I hope Michael can hold down a place and be given a run in the team. I like his composure on the ball and feel that he has been the one we have needed for a while. I'm also glad for Jason for his "strange" goal too and glad he has put the ball in the net for a change. I have never knocked JW and still believe he is the best striker we have had for a number of years. It’s not Walker that is playing badly it is Mills' inability to manage a team formation to beat other teams. FACT.[/p][/quote]why do you keep adding FACT after your posts when clearly they are opinons not facts. uhtred

5:26pm Tue 4 Dec 12

RooBeck says...

Michael Potts played some neat, clever football on Saturday and got himself forward into attacking positions and I thought he played very well alongside Scott Kerr and Paddy MacLaughlin - he did well and should hold his place! Plymouth have a good stadium and a big pitch and that should again suit our style of play. If our main strikers(Jason Walker or Jamie Reed) could start finding the back of the net more often, then, this team can do well and maybe then, GM won't have to enter the transfer market in four weeks time, looking or additional firepower!! COYR.
Michael Potts played some neat, clever football on Saturday and got himself forward into attacking positions and I thought he played very well alongside Scott Kerr and Paddy MacLaughlin - he did well and should hold his place! Plymouth have a good stadium and a big pitch and that should again suit our style of play. If our main strikers(Jason Walker or Jamie Reed) could start finding the back of the net more often, then, this team can do well and maybe then, GM won't have to enter the transfer market in four weeks time, looking or additional firepower!! COYR. RooBeck

9:44pm Tue 4 Dec 12

nudger says...

Good to hear such level-headed comments and honesty in an interview,when there could have been real bitterness. Michael certainly doesn't have a lack of fans on the terraces so should be full of confidence on Saturday.
GM said he was off to Gateshead tonight to watch Lee Bullock. Lets hope he re-routed to Tamworth instead where the Kiddie strike force will have had the scouts out in force.(and,btw, could also check out Moke after his MOM performance last week)
Good to hear such level-headed comments and honesty in an interview,when there could have been real bitterness. Michael certainly doesn't have a lack of fans on the terraces so should be full of confidence on Saturday. GM said he was off to Gateshead tonight to watch Lee Bullock. Lets hope he re-routed to Tamworth instead where the Kiddie strike force will have had the scouts out in force.(and,btw, could also check out Moke after his MOM performance last week) nudger

7:37am Wed 5 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player
Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player ycfcfooker

12:17pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Wind Mills says...

ycfcfooker wrote:
Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player
ycfcfooker

Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess.

Jog on Troll
[quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player[/p][/quote]ycfcfooker Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess. Jog on Troll Wind Mills

1:05pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Maltkiln says...

Wind Mills wrote:
ycfcfooker wrote: Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player
ycfcfooker Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess. Jog on Troll
... Another person calling ycfcfooker a Troll !! Whay are these people doing this ... all comments made by him/her are relevant to the discussion taking place and always seem to be reasonable points of view from a City fan ... something a Troll would not be able to do. If anyone is trying to wind people up on here to provoke a reaction (classic Troll activity) it is those of you who continue to try antagonise ycfcfooker.

And NO ... I have no idea who ycfcfooker is ..... I'm just fed up of reading your childish, petty schoolyard comments .... Please stop & comment on the relevant issues !

As for Potts, I thought he had a great game at Rochdale, and I assume that his performance is the reason behind Mills not recalling any of the loanees (Smith, Bullock) yet ?
[quote][p][bold]Wind Mills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player[/p][/quote]ycfcfooker Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess. Jog on Troll[/p][/quote]... Another person calling ycfcfooker a Troll !! Whay are these people doing this ... all comments made by him/her are relevant to the discussion taking place and always seem to be reasonable points of view from a City fan ... something a Troll would not be able to do. If anyone is trying to wind people up on here to provoke a reaction (classic Troll activity) it is those of you who continue to try antagonise ycfcfooker. And NO ... I have no idea who ycfcfooker is ..... I'm just fed up of reading your childish, petty schoolyard comments .... Please stop & comment on the relevant issues ! As for Potts, I thought he had a great game at Rochdale, and I assume that his performance is the reason behind Mills not recalling any of the loanees (Smith, Bullock) yet ? Maltkiln

1:35pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Cheers Maltkiln,

Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock )
Cheers Maltkiln, Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock ) ycfcfooker

3:10pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Wind Mills wrote:
ycfcfooker wrote:
Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player
ycfcfooker

Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess.

Jog on Troll
Anyway, you're probably right, as Cambridge think he's obviously one hell of a player, so good in fact they've allowed him to go and play for Tamworth instead of them, yup, he's going all the way...
[quote][p][bold]Wind Mills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Well rid of Moke, I'm not a Millsy fan but he'll be proved right on that one I gauantee. The kid won't make a player[/p][/quote]ycfcfooker Moke has more talent in his little toe then you will ever possess. Jog on Troll[/p][/quote]Anyway, you're probably right, as Cambridge think he's obviously one hell of a player, so good in fact they've allowed him to go and play for Tamworth instead of them, yup, he's going all the way... ycfcfooker

12:21pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Wind Mills says...

ycfcfooker wrote:
Cheers Maltkiln,

Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock )
Not a family member at all, just someone who has played football at a reasonable level, knows a little bit about the game and tries to look at positives rather than negatives.
Maybe you should stick to egg chasing and keep your negativity to commenting on the Mighty York Knights! God knows they could with a bit of support.

It wouldn't be so bad if your negative comments were about the story you were commenting on and in clear concise english!
[quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Cheers Maltkiln, Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock )[/p][/quote]Not a family member at all, just someone who has played football at a reasonable level, knows a little bit about the game and tries to look at positives rather than negatives. Maybe you should stick to egg chasing and keep your negativity to commenting on the Mighty York Knights! God knows they could with a bit of support. It wouldn't be so bad if your negative comments were about the story you were commenting on and in clear concise english! Wind Mills

10:10pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Rugby League is for rough people old boy. Played football at a reasonable level son? Yeah ok
Rugby League is for rough people old boy. Played football at a reasonable level son? Yeah ok ycfcfooker

9:55am Fri 7 Dec 12

Wind Mills says...

Wind Mills wrote:
ycfcfooker wrote:
Cheers Maltkiln,

Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock )
Not a family member at all, just someone who has played football at a reasonable level, knows a little bit about the game and tries to look at positives rather than negatives.
Maybe you should stick to egg chasing and keep your negativity to commenting on the Mighty York Knights! God knows they could with a bit of support.

It wouldn't be so bad if your negative comments were about the story you were commenting on and in clear concise english!
son?

How condescending (look it up).
You don't know me, nor do you know Mr Moke, so if you could kindly keep your views and comments to things you do know about (which clearly isn't football).

PS, love the username its shows off your intellect.
[quote][p][bold]Wind Mills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Cheers Maltkiln, Wind mills, I don't doubt that Moke is a better football player then me, having always played rugby. You're probably a family member of the lad, and on the off chance he ever does make a footballer, you'll have to get used to him being criticised without spitting your dummy out ( you bloody wazzock )[/p][/quote]Not a family member at all, just someone who has played football at a reasonable level, knows a little bit about the game and tries to look at positives rather than negatives. Maybe you should stick to egg chasing and keep your negativity to commenting on the Mighty York Knights! God knows they could with a bit of support. It wouldn't be so bad if your negative comments were about the story you were commenting on and in clear concise english![/p][/quote]son? How condescending (look it up). You don't know me, nor do you know Mr Moke, so if you could kindly keep your views and comments to things you do know about (which clearly isn't football). PS, love the username its shows off your intellect. Wind Mills

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