Chris Smith homing in on a York City double

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YORK City captain Chris Smith has insisted victories must take precedence over clean sheets ahead of back-to-back home games.

The Minstermen have now gone eight games since their last shut-out – October’s 0-0 draw at Southend.

But, while admitting centre-backs pride themselves on keeping the opposition at bay, Smith is placing more importance on improving this term’s home record of two wins from 12 matches.

The Minstermen host Bristol Rovers and Gillingham on the next two weekends and Smith said: “Clean sheets are what defenders are there for but we will take the wins.

“Three points are three points so let’s get back at home and pick up our form there. Bristol Rovers will be tough, irrespective of where they are in the League, because they have some good players and a good experienced manager.”

Smith, pictured right, will also be looking for the side to compete better than they did during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Plymouth.

He added: “It’s hard to say it as a defender and a player but I thought we were bullied (on Saturday). We know we can pass teams off the park but, if you get bullied out of a game, you get punished.

“Plymouth are a good, organised side who had clearly watched us against Rochdale and did not give us any time on the ball. We did not really adapt to that.”

Smith took partial responsibility for the first goal at Home Park when Jamal Fyfield put through his own net, while pointing out that the late second could be attributed to the switch to 3-4-3.

He said: “I should have cleared the ball before we conceded the corner for the first goal and then we did not defend it very well. We weren’t opened up in general play so that’s not good enough.

“For the second goal, Inghy made a great save and it fell to them. We were chasing the game by then and changing formations to systems we haven’t really worked on, which is not what the gaffer wants or the players want.

“We went more direct because there was only a little time left and you have to try to get a result.”

Smith is also hoping City’s home supporters get firmly behind the players this weekend after being surprised with the level of abuse directed at certain individuals at the end of Saturday’s game.

While sharing the fans’ disappointment, Smith pointed out: “The supporters came a long way for the match, whether it was from London or York and that’s fair play to them. They sang and we appreciate their support.

“At the end, we were going over to clap them and thank them irrespective of the result. There were a few booing and some fans were shouting stuff at certain players, management and staff.

“That’s what they want to do, but some of the verbals were a little harsh. They have every right not to be happy with the performance and we wanted to thank them for making the effort.

“They had probably spent a lot of money and I know it’s disappointing for them, but we feel it as well.”

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12:09pm Tue 11 Dec 12

rogue84 says...

no matter how badly they may have played...abusing players & staff is not productive in anyway. voice it on message-boards like this, shout at your mates, hold court in the pub afterwards...but the players have to be given the confidence to perform in the next game.
no matter how badly they may have played...abusing players & staff is not productive in anyway. voice it on message-boards like this, shout at your mates, hold court in the pub afterwards...but the players have to be given the confidence to perform in the next game. rogue84

12:38pm Tue 11 Dec 12

ian923 says...

I agree with Rogue 84-get behind the players on Saturday. No one plays badly on purpose but it's impossible to play brilliantly every game.Booing is not productive and abusing players and staff is not acceptable.Supporter
s who really love the club do not behave badly.
Come on City!
I agree with Rogue 84-get behind the players on Saturday. No one plays badly on purpose but it's impossible to play brilliantly every game.Booing is not productive and abusing players and staff is not acceptable.Supporter s who really love the club do not behave badly. Come on City! ian923

12:46pm Tue 11 Dec 12

eborexile says...

Cue those so called supporters.
"I pay my money I'm entitled to give abuse..."
Cue those so called supporters. "I pay my money I'm entitled to give abuse..." eborexile

1:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Dave Smith says...

I too was a Plymouth on Saturday and share the disappointment that all City fans held, but some do have such short memories since last years epic double.
We are holding out own in mid table and only a couple of wins away from a play off position. Countless managers from the opposition have said just what a good side we have been away from home and our away record speaks for itself. Lets all get behind Gary Mills and the team, he is by far the best manager in the last couple of decades.
One major concern however is the Chris Smith / Michael Ingham relationship which spills over into full blown arguing in most games of late, surely this must be having a detrimental affect to decision making and those others in defence. Whilst not expecting them to be best buddies they really do need to sort this out once and for all and show a positive and supportive attitude to each other and the rest of the defence. Keep the faith in GM and the lads they will deliver.
I too was a Plymouth on Saturday and share the disappointment that all City fans held, but some do have such short memories since last years epic double. We are holding out own in mid table and only a couple of wins away from a play off position. Countless managers from the opposition have said just what a good side we have been away from home and our away record speaks for itself. Lets all get behind Gary Mills and the team, he is by far the best manager in the last couple of decades. One major concern however is the Chris Smith / Michael Ingham relationship which spills over into full blown arguing in most games of late, surely this must be having a detrimental affect to decision making and those others in defence. Whilst not expecting them to be best buddies they really do need to sort this out once and for all and show a positive and supportive attitude to each other and the rest of the defence. Keep the faith in GM and the lads they will deliver. Dave Smith

1:29pm Tue 11 Dec 12

OLD - HEAD says...

As I did not go to Plymouth I knew nothing about any verbal abuse towards players. Its unfortunate, but surely even the happiest of clappers would have found it difficult after trailing all the way down to Devon to watch such a lack lustre performance. Footballers know that fans can be merciless at times, they just have to accept that. It certainly blows out of the water the philosophy that moaners only attend home games.
As I did not go to Plymouth I knew nothing about any verbal abuse towards players. Its unfortunate, but surely even the happiest of clappers would have found it difficult after trailing all the way down to Devon to watch such a lack lustre performance. Footballers know that fans can be merciless at times, they just have to accept that. It certainly blows out of the water the philosophy that moaners only attend home games. OLD - HEAD

1:31pm Tue 11 Dec 12

cityforthepremier says...

rogue84 wrote:
no matter how badly they may have played...abusing players & staff is not productive in anyway. voice it on message-boards like this, shout at your mates, hold court in the pub afterwards...but the players have to be given the confidence to perform in the next game.
Abuse on message boards is equally as idiotic and can be even more damaging than heat-of-the-moment stuff on a matchday. If you want to be abusive it's best to keep it to yourself. As the saying goes, "If you having nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all".
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: no matter how badly they may have played...abusing players & staff is not productive in anyway. voice it on message-boards like this, shout at your mates, hold court in the pub afterwards...but the players have to be given the confidence to perform in the next game.[/p][/quote]Abuse on message boards is equally as idiotic and can be even more damaging than heat-of-the-moment stuff on a matchday. If you want to be abusive it's best to keep it to yourself. As the saying goes, "If you having nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all". cityforthepremier

1:59pm Tue 11 Dec 12

nomadic85 says...

I went and fully agree with those that voiced their anger at the team and the display. It was completely unacceptable from the players. A shear lack of effort, they really looked like they couldn't give a ****. Shocking stuff.

I didn't hear any personal abuse as such, which is obviously wrong, but letting them know what they have just put on is simply not good enough is fair enough. There was none during the game, it all came at the end which is right. Clapping that rubbish suggests it is good enough, or that fans are happy with it. They weren't. If in my job I turn in terrible performances my client will let me know, this is no different.
I went and fully agree with those that voiced their anger at the team and the display. It was completely unacceptable from the players. A shear lack of effort, they really looked like they couldn't give a ****. Shocking stuff. I didn't hear any personal abuse as such, which is obviously wrong, but letting them know what they have just put on is simply not good enough is fair enough. There was none during the game, it all came at the end which is right. Clapping that rubbish suggests it is good enough, or that fans are happy with it. They weren't. If in my job I turn in terrible performances my client will let me know, this is no different. nomadic85

2:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

long distance depressive says...

To be fair it's a long way to Plymouth and very expensive for the weekend. If the players don't do the business (not a question of winning but at least making a fist of it) then they should expect a bit of hassle. It goes both ways as they get plaudits aplenty when it goes well.
To be fair it's a long way to Plymouth and very expensive for the weekend. If the players don't do the business (not a question of winning but at least making a fist of it) then they should expect a bit of hassle. It goes both ways as they get plaudits aplenty when it goes well. long distance depressive

3:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

RooBeck says...

Chris Smith, along with the rest of the City team, played very well at Rochdale and an interesting question to have put to him would have been why exactly did he think the side went from outstanding to poor, all in the space of one week? eg. Did they have a bad journey down to the South West, or a poor night's kip?! If, he says it's because we can't cope with bullying/in your face tactics by the opposition(something that has been levelled before in this and previous seasons), then, can't we adapt our play to cater for this or do we have no option other than expecting our pass/move game to prevail? What exactly, are GM and his coaching staff, going to do about it? A return of Jonathan Smith and the signing in January of another Scott Kerr type of midfield dynamo/forceful personality, or Scott Kerr as a "driving" forceful captain - something that at times, Chris Smith doesn't give the impression that he's altogether cut out for. If it's just down to more grit and determination, then, we should soon be able to put that right! Personally, I think we should also concentrate more on improving our goal-scoring capabilities, to-gether with developing a more organised and communicative Back Four and keeper. COYR.
Chris Smith, along with the rest of the City team, played very well at Rochdale and an interesting question to have put to him would have been why exactly did he think the side went from outstanding to poor, all in the space of one week? eg. Did they have a bad journey down to the South West, or a poor night's kip?! If, he says it's because we can't cope with bullying/in your face tactics by the opposition(something that has been levelled before in this and previous seasons), then, can't we adapt our play to cater for this or do we have no option other than expecting our pass/move game to prevail? What exactly, are GM and his coaching staff, going to do about it? A return of Jonathan Smith and the signing in January of another Scott Kerr type of midfield dynamo/forceful personality, or Scott Kerr as a "driving" forceful captain - something that at times, Chris Smith doesn't give the impression that he's altogether cut out for. If it's just down to more grit and determination, then, we should soon be able to put that right! Personally, I think we should also concentrate more on improving our goal-scoring capabilities, to-gether with developing a more organised and communicative Back Four and keeper. COYR. RooBeck

3:50pm Tue 11 Dec 12

duffy says...

Smith is frankly lucky to still be in the team this season after some very poor performances.
Smith is frankly lucky to still be in the team this season after some very poor performances. duffy

4:29pm Tue 11 Dec 12

long distance depressive says...

Plymouth pressed them and the team couldn't cope with the tactic!? it's the worst kept secret in football that pressing the City midfield and not letting them spray it about is the way to play us! How many times do we have to fail to work it out? We need a plan B..Rochdale allowed us to play in the first half and we smashed them, in the second half they pressed us and our game fell apart pretty much.
Plymouth pressed them and the team couldn't cope with the tactic!? it's the worst kept secret in football that pressing the City midfield and not letting them spray it about is the way to play us! How many times do we have to fail to work it out? We need a plan B..Rochdale allowed us to play in the first half and we smashed them, in the second half they pressed us and our game fell apart pretty much. long distance depressive

9:52am Wed 12 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

long distance depressive wrote:
Plymouth pressed them and the team couldn't cope with the tactic!? it's the worst kept secret in football that pressing the City midfield and not letting them spray it about is the way to play us! How many times do we have to fail to work it out? We need a plan B..Rochdale allowed us to play in the first half and we smashed them, in the second half they pressed us and our game fell apart pretty much.
Totally agree with this. No plan B. No options to mix things up. No target man to hit or hold the ball up. The front line of city is quick & skillful but there is not enough variety to worry teams over 90 minutes. Once they cope with the pace then they copy with City.
[quote][p][bold]long distance depressive[/bold] wrote: Plymouth pressed them and the team couldn't cope with the tactic!? it's the worst kept secret in football that pressing the City midfield and not letting them spray it about is the way to play us! How many times do we have to fail to work it out? We need a plan B..Rochdale allowed us to play in the first half and we smashed them, in the second half they pressed us and our game fell apart pretty much.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this. No plan B. No options to mix things up. No target man to hit or hold the ball up. The front line of city is quick & skillful but there is not enough variety to worry teams over 90 minutes. Once they cope with the pace then they copy with City. old_school_minsterman

10:26am Thu 13 Dec 12

uhtred says...

duffy wrote:
Smith is frankly lucky to still be in the team this season after some very poor performances.
yes, but he has also had some very good ones when he has been the heart ,and soul of the team.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Smith is frankly lucky to still be in the team this season after some very poor performances.[/p][/quote]yes, but he has also had some very good ones when he has been the heart ,and soul of the team. uhtred

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