Ashley Chambers back in York City squad

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ASHLEY Chambers is back in York City’s squad for tomorrow’s League Two clash at Wycombe Wanderers.

But centre-back David McGurk will not travel to Buckinghamshire after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury in training.

Chambers was the Minstermen’s eight-goal top scorer prior to picking up a stomach problem during the 4-1 home win over Bristol Rovers in mid-December.

He bagged a brace in that match, but the 22-year-old has not featured since, with the team winning only once during his eight-game absence.

While he is unlikely to start at Adams Park, it is hoped that Chambers’ presence on the bench can inspire the visitors to a better attacking performance.

City assistant manager Darron Gee, pictured, filling in for an unwell Gary Mills at the pre-match press conference, confirmed: “Ashley Chambers is travelling with us to Wycombe.

“He’s available for selection and has trained hard and done really well this week. He possibly won’t start and is more likely to come off the bench because he’s been out injured for a while and you don’t want to throw players back in straight away, but we’ve been really pleased with how quickly he’s come back and he’s looking sharp.

“Having him back will give everybody a lift. It will send out a message to the other players that he’s ready to come back and there’s nothing better than somebody pushing for your place.”

McGurk had been expected to be in contention for a recall after making the bench for last weekend’s 4-1 home defeat to Morecambe.

The former Darlington defender had missed the previous game with a hamstring pull and has now aggravated that problem, with Gee adding: “Dave McGurk has had to go for a scan so he won’t be involved.

“He maybe tried to come back too soon because he’s been frustrated with the lack of football he’s had, but it’s not helped that the training ground has been so heavy either.” Long-term injury victim Michael Coulson, meanwhile, is targeting the trip to Torquay in five weeks’ time for his comeback from cruciate knee ligament damage.

The five-goal former Grimsby forward has been sidelined since October but Gee revealed: “Michael Coulson is coming on in leaps and bounds.

“Both him and Ash Chambers have been missed as they scored a lot of our goals earlier in the season. We are looking at the Torquay game for Couls and that’s a great goal for him to strive for.

“We don’t want to push him too hard but he’s been straight-line running this week and his progress has been excellent.”

Gee is backing fellow forward Matty Blair, meanwhile, to emerge from his current lean spell in front of goal.

Blair, the team’s 20-goal leading marksman last term, has netted just once in his last 19 appearances but Gee added: “It’s hard to put your finger on why the goals have stopped going in for him.

“He still comes in every day with a smile on his face and is the butt of most jokes with his outfits. His willingness is there for all to see. It’s just about getting through this patch.

“We are encouraging the players to get their shots off because, then, one might just bobble in. Sometimes, we have a tendency to try too hard to score the perfect goal and we don’t get many scruffy ones.

“I’m sure if Blairy continues to train and work hard, it will eventually turn around for him but the good thing is nothing fazes him. He gets frustrated but I’m sure he won’t know how many games he’s gone without scoring.”

Gee also reckons goalkeeper Michael Ingham will come back stronger from his costly mistake against Morecambe.

The shot-stopper racked up his 99th clean sheet for the club three games ago but is still waiting to make it to three figures.

“I know Michael’s disappointed not to have got to 100 yet and I know he’s strong enough to come through what happened on Saturday,” Gee insisted. “In fact, I think that can inspire him to reach that landmark.”

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12:35pm Fri 8 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing.
Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing. YorkCityLuke
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3:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing.
I agree with that luke..lets hope he bangs in a few goals to shut all his knockers up.a player we have missed.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing.[/p][/quote]I agree with that luke..lets hope he bangs in a few goals to shut all his knockers up.a player we have missed. redbluelion
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3:43pm Fri 8 Feb 13

The_Baron89 says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing.
Who'd have thought that one day we'd be missing his finishing after he first came to us on loan and seemed so nervous in front of goal. Fair play to the lad, he's come on leaps and bounds under Mills and it'll be great to have him back on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: Great - we really miss Chambers for his pace and finishing.[/p][/quote]Who'd have thought that one day we'd be missing his finishing after he first came to us on loan and seemed so nervous in front of goal. Fair play to the lad, he's come on leaps and bounds under Mills and it'll be great to have him back on the pitch. The_Baron89
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4:23pm Fri 8 Feb 13

big mobe says...

Great to see Ash up and running-least we will have some threat up front. Need to kick on tomorrow,and start climbing the league. GM is right we need to start stepping up now and show what the side is made of.
Great to see Ash up and running-least we will have some threat up front. Need to kick on tomorrow,and start climbing the league. GM is right we need to start stepping up now and show what the side is made of. big mobe
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4:51pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Phil, Leeds says...

Good to have him back, he's been sorely missed.
Good to have him back, he's been sorely missed. Phil, Leeds
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6:41pm Fri 8 Feb 13

RooBeck says...

We need a fully fit and firing Ashley Chambers, for the remainder of the season. His pace and goals are needed, as he does give our forward play an extra dimension. Sorry that Dave McGurk has had a re-occurance of his hamstring problem - another player we need back in the side. Good news about Michael Coulson but can't see him fully firing again until April, as he will need plenty of time to get himself match fit and up to speed. Danny Parslow and Chris Smith to pair up in the centre of defence and Jamal Fyfield to return to left-back to-morrow?? Also, David McDaid and John MacReady to make the starting XI? A strong test for us to-morrow and Tuesday and we need to go into both these games confident of our abilities and take the game to both sets of opponents and put last Saturday firmly behind us! COYR.
We need a fully fit and firing Ashley Chambers, for the remainder of the season. His pace and goals are needed, as he does give our forward play an extra dimension. Sorry that Dave McGurk has had a re-occurance of his hamstring problem - another player we need back in the side. Good news about Michael Coulson but can't see him fully firing again until April, as he will need plenty of time to get himself match fit and up to speed. Danny Parslow and Chris Smith to pair up in the centre of defence and Jamal Fyfield to return to left-back to-morrow?? Also, David McDaid and John MacReady to make the starting XI? A strong test for us to-morrow and Tuesday and we need to go into both these games confident of our abilities and take the game to both sets of opponents and put last Saturday firmly behind us! COYR. RooBeck
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9:53pm Fri 8 Feb 13

skilly says...

I think Chambers being on the bench will give everyone a lift, we need attacking options with pace. Hope Blairy gets his scoring boots on again soon, its been said we need to be more ruthless when the chances come along so lets start with tomorrow
I think Chambers being on the bench will give everyone a lift, we need attacking options with pace. Hope Blairy gets his scoring boots on again soon, its been said we need to be more ruthless when the chances come along so lets start with tomorrow skilly
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10:14pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Edsoni says...

We should not expect too much too soon. But great to see some positive progressive support for once on these pages. Too many Turncoats,Yellow-bac
ks and Trolls. Let's get the balance so the TYTs don't have a monopoly.
(Hopefully that'll get past the censor)

Also seems Mills was right not to rush McGurk back.
We should not expect too much too soon. But great to see some positive progressive support for once on these pages. Too many Turncoats,Yellow-bac ks and Trolls. Let's get the balance so the TYTs don't have a monopoly. (Hopefully that'll get past the censor) Also seems Mills was right not to rush McGurk back. Edsoni
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12:57am Sat 9 Feb 13

YO1 says...

This injury could be the best thing that could happen for Ash Chambers. Might keep all the idiots quiet who were knocking him before he got injured. Intelligence... It's not an attribute that some city fans on here have.
This injury could be the best thing that could happen for Ash Chambers. Might keep all the idiots quiet who were knocking him before he got injured. Intelligence... It's not an attribute that some city fans on here have. YO1
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8:23am Sat 9 Feb 13

roobarb85 says...

Given last week's tactics it's nice to see that Chambers' return will give us cover at centre back.
Given last week's tactics it's nice to see that Chambers' return will give us cover at centre back. roobarb85
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9:34am Sat 9 Feb 13

arsene.about.york says...

i have just been listening to Darren Gee on radio York promising the same old thing, ( we let them worry about us Blah Blah Blah ) (carry on doing what we are doing Blah Blah Blah) Don't they realise that it is those tactics which are seeing us slide down the table. He mentioned getting the wingers to get crosses into the box for Jason but forgot to add that Jason is 5ft nothing and the defenders are all 6ft 6. I despair.
i have just been listening to Darren Gee on radio York promising the same old thing, ( we let them worry about us Blah Blah Blah ) (carry on doing what we are doing Blah Blah Blah) Don't they realise that it is those tactics which are seeing us slide down the table. He mentioned getting the wingers to get crosses into the box for Jason but forgot to add that Jason is 5ft nothing and the defenders are all 6ft 6. I despair. arsene.about.york
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9:40am Sat 9 Feb 13

roobarb85 says...

Ah but that's what assistant managers are there for....to give woffle by the shed load to the local media.

I think this is the kind of fixture that, this time last year, we'd be really confident of winning. Tight defensive performance, snuff out WW early enthusiasm and then win by smart counter-attacking football.

They'd probably get 1 by general attrition and possession, but we'd get at least 2 by our clever play.

Hopefully the pattern will be similar this afternoon.
Ah but that's what assistant managers are there for....to give woffle by the shed load to the local media. I think this is the kind of fixture that, this time last year, we'd be really confident of winning. Tight defensive performance, snuff out WW early enthusiasm and then win by smart counter-attacking football. They'd probably get 1 by general attrition and possession, but we'd get at least 2 by our clever play. Hopefully the pattern will be similar this afternoon. roobarb85
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9:50am Sat 9 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

arsene.about.york wrote:
i have just been listening to Darren Gee on radio York promising the same old thing, ( we let them worry about us Blah Blah Blah ) (carry on doing what we are doing Blah Blah Blah) Don't they realise that it is those tactics which are seeing us slide down the table. He mentioned getting the wingers to get crosses into the box for Jason but forgot to add that Jason is 5ft nothing and the defenders are all 6ft 6. I despair.
What is he supposed to say? 'we're worried about wycombe and have no confidence in our tactics'? Probably wouldn't fill the players with confidence! And we're hardly slipping down the table, we've been lower- mid table for about 2 months now.
[quote][p][bold]arsene.about.york[/bold] wrote: i have just been listening to Darren Gee on radio York promising the same old thing, ( we let them worry about us Blah Blah Blah ) (carry on doing what we are doing Blah Blah Blah) Don't they realise that it is those tactics which are seeing us slide down the table. He mentioned getting the wingers to get crosses into the box for Jason but forgot to add that Jason is 5ft nothing and the defenders are all 6ft 6. I despair.[/p][/quote]What is he supposed to say? 'we're worried about wycombe and have no confidence in our tactics'? Probably wouldn't fill the players with confidence! And we're hardly slipping down the table, we've been lower- mid table for about 2 months now. YorkCityLuke
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12:38pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Budgie says...

If you see Chambers as our saviour,may the lord above help us
If you see Chambers as our saviour,may the lord above help us Budgie
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1:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

skilly says...

Budgie wrote:
If you see Chambers as our saviour,may the lord above help us
Not a saviour just a player we have missed, any one can see that, well the sensible ones anyway
[quote][p][bold]Budgie[/bold] wrote: If you see Chambers as our saviour,may the lord above help us[/p][/quote]Not a saviour just a player we have missed, any one can see that, well the sensible ones anyway skilly
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2:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

duffy says...

Edsoni wrote:
We should not expect too much too soon. But great to see some positive progressive support for once on these pages. Too many Turncoats,Yellow-bac

ks and Trolls. Let's get the balance so the TYTs don't have a monopoly.
(Hopefully that'll get past the censor)

Also seems Mills was right not to rush McGurk back.
To be fair if you just post your own views and refrain from insulting others you don't need to worry about posts being pulled and getting warnings.
[quote][p][bold]Edsoni[/bold] wrote: We should not expect too much too soon. But great to see some positive progressive support for once on these pages. Too many Turncoats,Yellow-bac ks and Trolls. Let's get the balance so the TYTs don't have a monopoly. (Hopefully that'll get past the censor) Also seems Mills was right not to rush McGurk back.[/p][/quote]To be fair if you just post your own views and refrain from insulting others you don't need to worry about posts being pulled and getting warnings. duffy
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