Jason Walker’s wish for change in York City’s striking fortunes

York City striker Jason Walker celebrates his goal in the 3-2 win at Rochdale. Picture: Gordon Clayton

York City striker Jason Walker celebrates his goal in the 3-2 win at Rochdale. Picture: Gordon Clayton

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

JASON Walker is hoping York City’s fortunes in front of goal have changed.

Minstermen chief Gary Mills identified a host of missed chances as the leading reason behind his team’s failure to win any of their seven games prior to Saturday’s 3-2 success at Rochdale.

But Walker, who admitted his goal at the weekend in between two Michael Potts strikes owed a little to luck, feels that the Spotland match could now prove a turning point.

He said: “You don’t doubt yourself when you’ve been on a run like we’d been on. You just get disappointed because you know what’s in the locker – we all do. It was just about taking those chances.

“Things haven’t been falling for us but, for my goal, I was trying to take a touch and it’s gone in the back of the net. I could say it was a perfect finish but it wasn’t and that type of thing hasn’t been happening recently.

“Hopefully, after Saturday, we will gain a lot of confidence and things will start going our way.”

Walker’s fifth goal of the season also ended a personal drought of seven games, stretching back to that previous victory against Accrington Stanley at the end of October.

“It gets a bit frustrating,” Walker admitted about his recent lack of goals.

“You don’t get a lot of chances up there being the one up front, but that’s the role I have played since I’ve been here and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s tough when you’re not scoring but, hopefully, I can go on a bit of a run now.”

The £60,000 striker was also pleased to make the scoresheet on his return to the side after being left out of the starting line-up for the previous two games.

He was recalled at the expense of Jamie Reed and added that he was surprised to win back his place so soon, saying: “My form dipped a little bit and, with Reedy coming on and scoring, he deserved his chance.

“He’s done really well and he was unfortunate to be dropped.

“I wasn’t expecting to play really but the manager gave me the nod and we played well and I scored, so it’s ended up not being too bad for me.”

Walker believed that the team produced their best football this term during the first half at Rochdale and attributed that to a productive week of training on the Bootham Crescent pitch.

He added: “We played our best football of the season by far in the first half. It was how we know we can play and, to be fair to the manager and the coaching staff, they addressed what was wrong after the Torquay match, drilled it into us and we worked on it all week.

“We came out firing on all cylinders and they couldn’t live with us really. It was tougher in the second half because you know they are going to come at you.

“The first goal gave them a bit of a lift but we hung on for three points.”

Walker and his team-mates are now preparing for a long trek to face Plymouth on Saturday with the former Luton and Barrow forward reasoning that another positive result on the road can help to transform the side’s fortunes at home.

City have now won seven more away points than they have collected at Bootham Crescent, and Walker added: “We don’t know why the away form is better than our form at home.

“It’s just one of those burdens on our shoulders but we will go to Plymouth full of confidence as we always do when we travel. I love going on overnight stays with the lads.

“I share a room with Scott Kerr and just give him dog’s abuse all the time. Plymouth have a nice stadium and, hopefully, a good pitch as well so, if we play like we did on Saturday, we will have every chance of getting another result.

“If we do, then who knows, we could take that belief into the home games and go on a run of five or six wins to push us up the table.”

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12:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Gladys Cheesepick says...

"I share a room with Scott Kerr and just give him dog’s abuse all the time"

Hi everyone, I have to admit but Im not au fait with todays slang or street speak. What does he mean about dog abuse? He abuses Scott's dog - or for having a dog? Are dogs allowed on away trips? Or is it street talk for something else?

Thanks.

GP
"I share a room with Scott Kerr and just give him dog’s abuse all the time" Hi everyone, I have to admit but Im not au fait with todays slang or street speak. What does he mean about dog abuse? He abuses Scott's dog - or for having a dog? Are dogs allowed on away trips? Or is it street talk for something else? Thanks. GP Gladys Cheesepick
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12:55pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

FFS.
FFS. Head of Bomber Command
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1:32pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Maltkiln says...

Gladys Cheesepick wrote:
"I share a room with Scott Kerr and just give him dog’s abuse all the time" Hi everyone, I have to admit but Im not au fait with todays slang or street speak. What does he mean about dog abuse? He abuses Scott's dog - or for having a dog? Are dogs allowed on away trips? Or is it street talk for something else? Thanks. GP
Gladys,

It simply means that he gives him friendly banter, winding him up & picking on him for fun ..... in a friendly way, like most youngsters do.
[quote][p][bold]Gladys Cheesepick[/bold] wrote: "I share a room with Scott Kerr and just give him dog’s abuse all the time" Hi everyone, I have to admit but Im not au fait with todays slang or street speak. What does he mean about dog abuse? He abuses Scott's dog - or for having a dog? Are dogs allowed on away trips? Or is it street talk for something else? Thanks. GP[/p][/quote]Gladys, It simply means that he gives him friendly banter, winding him up & picking on him for fun ..... in a friendly way, like most youngsters do. Maltkiln
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4:55pm Thu 6 Dec 12

YorkCityLuke says...

According to the YCFC Official Facebook page, Tom Allan has just signed for us as a professional player. Apparently he's a City supporter too, which is great!
According to the YCFC Official Facebook page, Tom Allan has just signed for us as a professional player. Apparently he's a City supporter too, which is great! YorkCityLuke
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5:22pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Some old bloke says...

Yes, it's reported on the club's website too. It is indeed refreshing to hear about a City youth player who actually supports City rather than Man Utd.
Yes, it's reported on the club's website too. It is indeed refreshing to hear about a City youth player who actually supports City rather than Man Utd. Some old bloke
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7:31pm Thu 6 Dec 12

No.4-IanHolmes says...

Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?
Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past? No.4-IanHolmes
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8:11pm Thu 6 Dec 12

OLD - HEAD says...

If the Rochdale game is anything to go by, our luck in front of goal might just be changing. We scored three scrappy goals, but they were most welcome as it enabled us to win the game. The only down side was the first goal Rochdale scored, when we allowed a player to run half the length of the pitch unchallenged. Still I would settle for that every week if we could keep on winning.
If the Rochdale game is anything to go by, our luck in front of goal might just be changing. We scored three scrappy goals, but they were most welcome as it enabled us to win the game. The only down side was the first goal Rochdale scored, when we allowed a player to run half the length of the pitch unchallenged. Still I would settle for that every week if we could keep on winning. OLD - HEAD
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10:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

No.4-IanHolmes wrote:
Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?
Is he the love child of Paul Allen the former tottenham and southampton midfielder?
[quote][p][bold]No.4-IanHolmes[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?[/p][/quote]Is he the love child of Paul Allen the former tottenham and southampton midfielder? ycfcfooker
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10:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Oh I don't recall Paul Allen ever playing for York so no I bloody don't
Oh I don't recall Paul Allen ever playing for York so no I bloody don't ycfcfooker
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10:17pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

Is he a relation of Barry Jones?
Is he a relation of Barry Jones? ycfcfooker
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10:50pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

ycfcfooker wrote:
Is he a relation of Barry Jones?
ycfcfooker you are a bit strange aren't you?
[quote][p][bold]ycfcfooker[/bold] wrote: Is he a relation of Barry Jones?[/p][/quote]ycfcfooker you are a bit strange aren't you? ADAMCUTHBERT
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11:17pm Thu 6 Dec 12

kirkbride1979 says...

its great that another youth team player has made the step up ... But he will need to go out on loan in january as the more first team games he can get the better player he will become
its great that another youth team player has made the step up ... But he will need to go out on loan in january as the more first team games he can get the better player he will become kirkbride1979
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11:44am Fri 7 Dec 12

TerryYork says...

Walker's a good lad and I have no doubt about him hitting a bunch of goals this season once he gets on a run.

Great news about Tom, and agree, nice to see he's a City fan too.
Walker's a good lad and I have no doubt about him hitting a bunch of goals this season once he gets on a run. Great news about Tom, and agree, nice to see he's a City fan too. TerryYork
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1:49pm Fri 7 Dec 12

OmegaMansundies says...

No.4-IanHolmes wrote:
Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?
Did said City player mate with one of the YCSC Angels and he the lovechild?
[quote][p][bold]No.4-IanHolmes[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?[/p][/quote]Did said City player mate with one of the YCSC Angels and he the lovechild? OmegaMansundies
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5:05pm Fri 7 Dec 12

ycfcfooker says...

OmegaMansundies wrote:
No.4-IanHolmes wrote:
Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?
Did said City player mate with one of the YCSC Angels and he the lovechild?
Correct.
[quote][p][bold]OmegaMansundies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No.4-IanHolmes[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Tom. His mam will be pleased. She's an avid reader of the comments on here. And a question for all you YCFC anoraks out there. Do you know his connection with a city player from the past?[/p][/quote]Did said City player mate with one of the YCSC Angels and he the lovechild?[/p][/quote]Correct. ycfcfooker
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