Match preview: York City v Mansfield Town

York Press: Josh Carson glad to be back with the  Minstermen Josh Carson glad to be back with the Minstermen

JOSH CARSON is hoping his second coming at York City proves to have a strong sense of déja vu.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder arrived back at Bootham Crescent having signed until the end of the season after being released by Championship outfit Ipswich Town.

A big hit at the club while on loan towards the end of last term, before his spell was cut short by a foot injury after five games, Carson expressed his delight at returning to the club and his desire to help City push up the table as soon as possible.

And he believes having experienced a brief taste of life as a Minsterman can help him hit the ground running.

“I’m very pleased to be back,” he said. “I’ve signed a contract now so I am a permanent York player and it was good to be down here on loan – as I got a sniff of it – and I want more now.

“I heard of the interest about a week ago. I wasn’t playing at Ipswich again and Nigel Worthington came in and I am just really pleased to be part of the football club.”

“Very (big),” added Carson when asked of the influence Worthington had played in his return.

“He’s a Northern Ireland lad and so am I and we can talk and communicate very well. I’m very pleased to be a part of it.

“He’s looking for me to do the same as I did last time; help the boys try to get a few wins under the belt and be pushing along.

“We’ve got a fantastic team, and a fantastic set-up, so we have got to kick on now and get a few results.

“I have been keeping an eye on the scores. We’ve not been doing too well but hopefully we can get a few results now and I am looking forward to that challenge.”

Despite having played such a major role in his brief time at York in the spring, Carson insisted he was under no illusions about the challenge of nailing down a starting place in Worthington’s team.

“I’m going to have to work for my place,” he said. “It’s not going to be straightforward. I’m going to have to work my nuts off and do well. Hopefully when I get my chance I will take it and cement my place.

“I’m looking forward to trying to get regular football under my belt. I haven’t played regularly for two years so it is very frustrating. Hopefully, I can come here, work hard and get my just deserts.

“I thought I did all right in the five-games and fans seem to think I did well so I was chuffed. I have done well enough to get signed at York City.

“I am relishing the challenge and I hope everything works out.”

The versatile Carson, who played in midfield and defence in League Two last term, is a natural attacking player but stressed he didn’t care where he had to “do a job”.

He said: “I was all over the place. My debut was at left midfield and I had to drop in to left-back. I don’t mind where I play as long as I do a job in there.

“If I play in midfield or at the back, I don’t mind. I’ll do a job.

“It’s still early on in the season but the quicker we can get some wins the better. If it doesn’t come tomorrow it will come next (Saturday). We just can’t be frustrated and start panicking.”


Match facts

MANSFIELD Town are making their first Football League visit to Bootham Crescent since February 2004, when they won a Third Division (League Two) encounter 2-1 with Richard Pacquette, later to play for York City, a scorer.

The Stags have made 34 Football League trips (1932 to 2004) with City winning 22 times and drawing five.The biggest wins were 6-1 in 1982/83, when Keith Walwyn hit a hat-trick, and 5-1 in 1953/54, with Dave Dunmore scoring three times.

The clubs met four times here in the Conference with City winning twice, 3-0 in 2009/10 and 2-1 the following campaign. The other games were drawn.

The clubs last met in the Blue Square Bet Premier promotion play-offs in May 2012. A 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent saw Mansfield central defender Exodus Geohaghon put through his own goal.

City won 1-0 at Field Mill after Matty Blair’s extra-time header.

City’s line-up for the first game on May 2, 2012, watched by 6,057, was: Ingham, Challinor, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Meredith, McLaughlin (Moké), Blair, Walker, Chambers.

Players connected with both clubs include goalkeepers Harold Searson, Graham Brown and Bobby Mimms, along with Jimmy Weir, Ian McDonald, Gary Ford, Adam Smith and Chris Smith, plus Billy McEwan the managerial link.

It happened on September 14

1929: City suffered their first defeat as a Football League club when losing a Division Three North game 3-1 at Nelson. Jimmy Cowie netted.

1957: A 17-year-old Colin Addison made his debut as City beat Northern Section leaders Bury 2-1 at Bootham Crescent in front of 10,943. On target were Arthur Bottom and Billy Fenton.

1974: A Bootham Crescent crowd of 14,974 saw Sunderland win a Second Division (Championship) encounter 1-0.

Compiled by David Batters

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11:15am Fri 13 Sep 13

A Horsman says...

Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.
Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly. A Horsman
  • Score: -16

11:19am Fri 13 Sep 13

Southern Exile says...

A Horsman wrote:
Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.
Yawn
[quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.[/p][/quote]Yawn Southern Exile
  • Score: 7

11:23am Fri 13 Sep 13

A Horsman says...

Southern Exile wrote:
A Horsman wrote:
Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.
Yawn
Truth hurts
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.[/p][/quote]Yawn[/p][/quote]Truth hurts A Horsman
  • Score: -16

2:08pm Fri 13 Sep 13

RooBeck says...

It will probably boil down to who wants it most and with our recent signings, together with the squad been left in no doubts about what is required on the pitch, then, I believe we will turn round last week's performance and against a team that we usually do well against at BC. Looking forward to an entertaining, exciting match and with plenty of City vocal support!! COYR.
It will probably boil down to who wants it most and with our recent signings, together with the squad been left in no doubts about what is required on the pitch, then, I believe we will turn round last week's performance and against a team that we usually do well against at BC. Looking forward to an entertaining, exciting match and with plenty of City vocal support!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 2

2:14pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Southern Exile says...

A Horsman wrote:
Southern Exile wrote:
A Horsman wrote:
Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.
Yawn
Truth hurts
No, you just bore me...
[quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.[/p][/quote]Yawn[/p][/quote]Truth hurts[/p][/quote]No, you just bore me... Southern Exile
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Tug job says...

Southern Exile wrote:
A Horsman wrote:
Southern Exile wrote:
A Horsman wrote:
Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.
Yawn
Truth hurts
No, you just bore me...
He bores us all. He probably even bores himself.

Very much hoping for a better performance and three points tomorrow. COYR
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: Unless a dramatic turn round can see nothing other than a resounding win for Mansfield sadly.[/p][/quote]Yawn[/p][/quote]Truth hurts[/p][/quote]No, you just bore me...[/p][/quote]He bores us all. He probably even bores himself. Very much hoping for a better performance and three points tomorrow. COYR Tug job
  • Score: 3

9:04pm Fri 13 Sep 13

roobarb85 says...

"City’s line-up for the first game on May 2, 2012, watched by 6,057, was: Ingham, Challinor, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Meredith, McLaughlin (Moké), Blair, Walker, Chambers"

OK folks ...how many would like to see that team step out onto the BC turf tomorrow?
And if not that team, kindly point out where and how we've improved since then?
"City’s line-up for the first game on May 2, 2012, watched by 6,057, was: Ingham, Challinor, Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Meredith, McLaughlin (Moké), Blair, Walker, Chambers" OK folks ...how many would like to see that team step out onto the BC turf tomorrow? And if not that team, kindly point out where and how we've improved since then? roobarb85
  • Score: 2

10:39am Sat 14 Sep 13

YCFC115 says...

According to NW his squad is quality and not quantity Lmfao. He played a very big part in Carson signing!! How about nobody else wanted you and therefore you were out of work!! We are in a far worse position now than thes squad that took us up.
According to NW his squad is quality and not quantity Lmfao. He played a very big part in Carson signing!! How about nobody else wanted you and therefore you were out of work!! We are in a far worse position now than thes squad that took us up. YCFC115
  • Score: 2

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