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Suspended York City striker Ryan Bowman launches defence after red card woe
SUSPENDED York City striker Ryan Bowman has pointed to his past disciplinary record as proof that he is not a petulant player.
Bowman, 21, was sent off during last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Bristol Rovers after reacting to provocation from home captain Tom Parkes.
But the red card was the first the Cumbrian-born forward, pictured, has received at any level of football while, in five seasons and 96 games as a professional, he has only been booked seven times too.
Defending his reputation, Bowman said: “I’ve only ever had a handful of yellow cards in my whole career so I’m not the type of player to get sent off really. It’s never happened to me in my life even when I was playing for under-12s, 13s, and 14s so I am really disappointed because I am suspended for three weeks now, which is a long time not to play a football match.
“I will just have to keep training hard and I will maybe do a bit myself over the weekend when the team are away.”
Bowman’s frustration is intensified, meanwhile, by his belief that the 43rd-minute dismissal was unjust.
Protesting his innocence, he added: “I’ve heard that I was sent off for shoving their player in the stomach but, if that was the case, it must have been done in a blur because I didn’t feel I did anything to get sent off. From what I remember, a cross came in and I fell to the floor but got back up.
“Their player then grabbed me by my throat and raised his hands. I went down and got back up again but he stayed down for some reason and the linesman must have thought he saw something that I didn’t do.”
With fellow strikers Richard Cresswell (eye) and Wes Fletcher (ankle) doubtful for this afternoon’s League Two clash at Exeter, Bowman also feels he has been denied the possible opportunity of a sustained run of games in the team.
Prior to replacing Fletcher after 38 minutes in Bristol, Bowman had managed just over half-an-hour from the bench during the Minstermen’s previous three league fixtures.
To have the chance of a longer stint on the pitch extinguished so quickly was, therefore, difficult to stomach.
Recalling his eventful five minutes at the Memorial Stadium, Bowman said: “Wes got injured, unfortunately, but I felt ready when I got the call and I thought I did well for the first two minutes I was on.
“I set up our first goal and I was buzzing. I was thinking I will get a goal myself here.
“I came on in the previous two games for about five or ten minutes so getting a full half was my chance really and, for it all to be over in a few minutes, was gutting.
“There is a big opportunity for me to do well here at York and, if I had done well last Saturday, I would have probably started the next game and kept going from there but, instead, I will be staying at home this weekend while looking out for how the lads do.”
Bowman trained with the youth team yesterday as the senior squad began their long trip to Devon but he is vowing to return with the same level of self-belief he showed so briefly in Bristol when he is available for action again at Wycombe on September 21.
Three goals for the reserves in a behind-closed-doors match prior to last weekend’s game had given him a big boost with Bowman adding: “They had a few first-team players in that match so the goals were against good opposition and it’s always nice to score, especially as a striker.”
Midfielder John McReady has joined Halifax after being made surplus to requirements at York.
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