York City skipper Chris Smith urges caution over talk of a one-match suspension

York Press: Chris Smith in action for York City Chris Smith in action for York City

SKIPPER Chris Smith IS available for York City’s home clash with Bristol Rovers in npower League Two on Saturday.

Smith was cautioned during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle – but the booking was not his fifth of the season, despite most published records suggesting otherwise.

He, therefore, avoids a one-match suspension and has until the December 31 cut-off point to escape a ban for reaching a nap hand of yellow cards.

Smith had his name taken for a strong challenge on Plymouth’s Paris Cowan-Hall during stoppage time in Devon as his team trailed 2-0 and it was an incident that annoyed manager Gary Mills.

“The gaffer wasn’t pleased with the yellow card but it was just instinct,” the City skipper reasoned. “I won the first ball but their winger then got it and was on a run.

“I felt I had to either bring him down or let him go through on goal in the hope that somebody might catch him. Maybe I made the wrong decision but it was a difficult one and I had a split-second to make my mind up.

“I’ve been pretty pleased with my discipline for a defender otherwise. Suspensions are always there of course and I want to play every game if I am fit and the manager chooses me. If I’m suspended, it will also mean I have to fight to win my place back.”

Should Smith get booked again before the end of the year, it could result in a recall for David McGurk, who has not made a senior appearance since January 1.

If that was to happen despite his lengthy lay-off, Smith believes McGurk would be ready to return, saying: “It’s a year since he last played and he’s had his problems with his knees, which has meant he’s struggled on hard surfaces a bit.

“But, in training, he’s fine and looks sharp. If the gaffer chooses TY (McGurk), everyone knows what sort of defender he is – a very good one.

“When I was playing with him, we had a good partnership so I don’t think it would be a problem if it was Pars back there, TY or whoever the manager chooses.”

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12:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Anna Mossity says...

The sooner Smith gets banned the better.
The sooner Smith gets banned the better. Anna Mossity
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12:28pm Tue 11 Dec 12

SpudYCFC says...

Anna Mossity wrote:
The sooner Smith gets banned the better.
yeah because losing the captain of the squad would be the greatest thing right now...
[quote][p][bold]Anna Mossity[/bold] wrote: The sooner Smith gets banned the better.[/p][/quote]yeah because losing the captain of the squad would be the greatest thing right now... SpudYCFC
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1:31pm Tue 11 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

Hope Parslow gets 5 bookings soon!!!!
Hope Parslow gets 5 bookings soon!!!! old_school_minsterman
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2:05pm Tue 11 Dec 12

nomadic85 says...

SpudYCFC wrote:
Anna Mossity wrote: The sooner Smith gets banned the better.
yeah because losing the captain of the squad would be the greatest thing right now...
He's captain in that he wears the armband only. In reality, Scott Kerr is the leader on the pitch and acts like captain. Smith is too quiet, the only time he seems to open his mouth is to point blame at others for his mistakes, which seems to be on average once or twice a game at the minute.

I really like Smudger, his performace in the second leg of the trophy final at Luton last season was the best I've seen from a City centre half for years, but this season he's been found increasingly out of his depth.
[quote][p][bold]SpudYCFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anna Mossity[/bold] wrote: The sooner Smith gets banned the better.[/p][/quote]yeah because losing the captain of the squad would be the greatest thing right now...[/p][/quote]He's captain in that he wears the armband only. In reality, Scott Kerr is the leader on the pitch and acts like captain. Smith is too quiet, the only time he seems to open his mouth is to point blame at others for his mistakes, which seems to be on average once or twice a game at the minute. I really like Smudger, his performace in the second leg of the trophy final at Luton last season was the best I've seen from a City centre half for years, but this season he's been found increasingly out of his depth. nomadic85
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2:31pm Tue 11 Dec 12

wazman says...

I agree with Nomadic85. Kerr is the leader on the pitch. Smith is too quite for the most part & has struggled for the past couple of months. When he makes a mistake is the 1st to blame others, hardly the action of a heroic leader!

Issue is that the latest reincarnation of Mcgurk is totally untested at this level. Could make things a lot worse at the back for all we know. New CB required in Jan to replace the loss of Carlisle to the squad.
I agree with Nomadic85. Kerr is the leader on the pitch. Smith is too quite for the most part & has struggled for the past couple of months. When he makes a mistake is the 1st to blame others, hardly the action of a heroic leader! Issue is that the latest reincarnation of Mcgurk is totally untested at this level. Could make things a lot worse at the back for all we know. New CB required in Jan to replace the loss of Carlisle to the squad. wazman
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