Match report: York City 0, Oxford United 0 - Sky Bet League Two

York Press: York City midfielder Lewis Montrose steals in at the far post but narrowly fails to make a connection with a free-kick from Josh Carson as Oxford United survive a late scare in Saturday’s 0-0 Sky Bet League Two draw York City midfielder Lewis Montrose steals in at the far post but narrowly fails to make a connection with a free-kick from Josh Carson as Oxford United survive a late scare in Saturday’s 0-0 Sky Bet League Two draw

WITH eight defeats apiece, York City are as difficult to beat as big-spending Sky Bet League Two promotion contenders Fleetwood Town this season.

The two clubs are separated by 17 places in the current standings, however, with Fleetwood just four points behind leaders Chesterfield and the Minstermen now only one above the relegation zone.

That statistic starkly illustrates the importance of converting draws into victories with the Minstermen sharing the spoils on Saturday for a seventh time during a nine-game run without a win.

Taken in isolation, a goalless draw against Oxford – the only team in English football’s top five divisions not to be beaten on their league travels this term – was an encouraging result and the manner in which Nigel Worthington’s men held firm during the latter stages as they faced a barrage of balls into their box from conceded free-kicks and long throws demonstrated the progress that has been made on that front.

David McGurk and Keith Lowe have now started four games together in the centre of defence and the Minstermen have conceded only one goal in that time.

The experienced defenders largely policed old nemesis James Constable and equally powerful former Premier League striker Dave Kitson and, with Oxford centre-backs Jake Wright and Johnny Mullins, full-back David Hunt and midfielder Asa Hall no shrinking violets either, the hosts coped well against the aerial challenge posed by Chris Wilder’s men.

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But, at the other end of the pitch, the Minstermen went a fourth consecutive game without getting a player on the scoresheet.

Ryan Jarvis squandered the best chance of the game when he fired straight at Ryan Clarke with only the U’s ’keeper to beat, meaning City’s leading marksman has failed to net in eight league outings and strike partner Wes Fletcher has notched only once in nine.

At home, meanwhile, the team have only scored in five of their dozen Bootham Crescent contests this season following Saturday’s stalemate.

During a shot-shy opening period, City failed to test Clarke once while Constable represented the only real threat for Oxford.

The U’s all-time second top scorer missed the target with two early long-range attempts, hoisting the second over the David Longhurst Stand.

Jarvis and Fletcher, meanwhile, both slashed at chances inside the six-yard box after Josh Carson’s corner had not been dealt with at the near post by the visitors.

Just past the half-hour mark, Carson flashed a 15-yard strike wide after being given a clear sight of the away goal.

Oxford also defended well to block further goalbound efforts from Carson and Lewis Montrose while Constable forced the first save of the afternoon on 40 minutes but his 25-yard shot lacked the direction to trouble on-loan Wolves ’keeper Aaron McCarey.

The hosts waited until the 60th minute to test Clarke but the opportunity possibly provided the game’s defining moment.

Jarvis was played clear through by Fletcher but, as Clarke advanced off his line to meet him, the former Torquay striker could only drill a low drive against the Oxford shot-stopper’s left leg.

At the other end, Kitson met Hunt’s free-kick with a firm header that McCarey gathered at the second attempt with the ex-Reading forward ready to pounce on the loose ball.

Constable’s low 15-yard drive was also spilled by McCarey but Luke O’Neill went on to clear the danger.

Early in the second half, a subdued Ryan Brobbel had been replaced by Michael Coulson and the latter wasted no time announcing his arrival with a rising 30-yard effort that warmed Clarke’s hands.

But Oxford began to get on top, thereafter, with McCarey saving an edge-of-the-box Hall drive low to his left and an off-balance Constable slicing into the away end.

Danny Rose’s long-range half- volley also drifted over before Constable sidestepped a McGurk challenge but fired at the on-loan City shot-stopper from 12 yards.

Worthington’s men did manage a late riposte and Montrose was inches away from making contact with an inswinging Carson free-kick.

In stoppage time, substitute Ashley Chambers then sprinted on to a Tom Platt through ball.

A moment’s hesitation from Chambers, though, meant he could only prod the ball into Clarke’s chest after the Oxford ’keeper had charged out to snuff out the danger.

The final outcome unarguably represented a good point for City but every endeavour must now be made to follow it up with at least one win from the next two trips to fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley and Bury.

It remains fresh in the mind that last season’s team were not defeated by eventual champions Gillingham or runners-up Rotherham, but that would have been of little consequence or consolation had the final day battle against relegation been lost in Dagenham.


Match facts

York City 0, Oxford United 0

York City

Aaron McCarey 7
Spilled a couple of shots that he might have held but in the right positions to make those stops.

Luke O’Neill 7
Bright at the start and, while caught out a couple of times, his confidence on the ball continues to be a useful attacking tool.

Keith Lowe 8
STAR MAN – no-nonsense approach throughout and unfairly booked on the one occasion he played himself into trouble.

David McGurk 7
Blocked, tackled and intercepted in his usual manner during a physical contest against Constable and Kitson.

Ben Davies 7
Looked a little uncertain early on but recovered to stop several raids down the left flank.

Josh Carson 7
Did not tire of making lung-busting runs down the wing and his set-pieces were their customary threat.

Lewis Montrose 6
Kept his position in front of the back four but found it hard to influence proceedings in the second half.

Tom Platt 6
Quiet return to the starting line-up but put in some good honest work in the middle of the park.

Ryan Brobbel 6
Only made a couple of his trademark runs down the left wing before being replaced early in the second half.

Ryan Jarvis 6
Largely contained by Oxford’s uncompromising back line but, when he did escape, failed to take his chance to win the game.

Wes Fletcher 6
Worked hard but found the going tough and did not manage a shot on goal in a frustrating 90 minutes.

Subs: Michael Coulson 7 – busy (for Brobbel, 59), Ashley Chambers (for Jarvis, 80). Not used: Craig Clay, Sander Puri, Lanre Oyebanjo, Jamal Fyfield, Michael Ingham.


Oxford United

Ryan Clarke, David Hunt, Jake Wright, Johnny Mullins, Tom Newey, Ryan Williams (Deane Smalley, 77), Danny Rose, Asa Hall, Josh Ruffels (Sean Rigg, 56), Dave Kitson, James Constable. Subs not used: Michael Raynes, Scott Davies, Tyrone Marsh, Max Crocombe, Sam Long.

Star man: Wright – won most of his contests in the air and on the deck.

Referee: Keith Hill (Royston).

Rating: 5/10 – incurred wrath of home fans and his cautions were erratic.

Booked: Lowe 45, Montrose 66, Davies 72, Wright 88.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,526 (455 from Oxford).

Shots on target: City 2, Oxford 6.

Shots off target: City 1, Oxford 5.

Corners: City 6, Oxford 2.

Fouls conceded: City 14, Oxford 11.

Offsides: City 1, Oxford 2.

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5:47pm Sat 21 Dec 13

dadster says...

Similar to last week in that on the face of it a point against the league leaders is a good result but the longer we go without a win the harder it gets.

Both sides had limited chances so a draw was probably fair overall and again highlights the small difference in quality in L2. Thought we missed Whitehouse badly today as we were lacking in any sort of urgency and creativity in midfield. For me this is now our biggest problem area which needs addressing. Feel sorry for Platt as he's a local lad who is still learning the game and we'd all like to see him progress but we need better quality in there. Preferably someone who can pass the ball more positively and set attacks up.

After all the clamour to get Brobbel back (myself included) he was off the pace and Coulson looked a better option when he came on.

These next 2 aways games are crucial and we need to win at least one of them to start moving forward because all these draws are meaning we are stagnating near the bottom.
Similar to last week in that on the face of it a point against the league leaders is a good result but the longer we go without a win the harder it gets. Both sides had limited chances so a draw was probably fair overall and again highlights the small difference in quality in L2. Thought we missed Whitehouse badly today as we were lacking in any sort of urgency and creativity in midfield. For me this is now our biggest problem area which needs addressing. Feel sorry for Platt as he's a local lad who is still learning the game and we'd all like to see him progress but we need better quality in there. Preferably someone who can pass the ball more positively and set attacks up. After all the clamour to get Brobbel back (myself included) he was off the pace and Coulson looked a better option when he came on. These next 2 aways games are crucial and we need to win at least one of them to start moving forward because all these draws are meaning we are stagnating near the bottom. dadster

5:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

chuckabuttie says...

A good point for sure but the next 3 games seem to me to be crucial to where we are in this League as they are all winnable and NOT drawable and to come out of this particular run without much to show for it would be a concern even with the transfer window coming up. Good to see the defence continue to improve, but 1 goal in 4 is it now? Be good to get Bowman back on Thursday.
A good point for sure but the next 3 games seem to me to be crucial to where we are in this League as they are all winnable and NOT drawable and to come out of this particular run without much to show for it would be a concern even with the transfer window coming up. Good to see the defence continue to improve, but 1 goal in 4 is it now? Be good to get Bowman back on Thursday. chuckabuttie

5:52pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Fergie says...

Won't be long before the wins start to come if we keep playing like that. Back four were very strong and Carson had a great game down the right. Next two games very winnable with Bowman to come back. Lets hope for a bit more luck boxing day and a better ref please. Keep the faith !
Won't be long before the wins start to come if we keep playing like that. Back four were very strong and Carson had a great game down the right. Next two games very winnable with Bowman to come back. Lets hope for a bit more luck boxing day and a better ref please. Keep the faith ! Fergie

6:22pm Sat 21 Dec 13

roobarb85 says...

Accrington game is key.

They've improved from an awful start and are a half way decent team with huge team spirit (2 goals in injury time away from home to turn a loss into a win today!).

If we can go there and match the spirit and then "open our legs and show our class" (RIP David Coleman) the second half of the season looks good.

If not, the trapdoor looms.
Accrington game is key. They've improved from an awful start and are a half way decent team with huge team spirit (2 goals in injury time away from home to turn a loss into a win today!). If we can go there and match the spirit and then "open our legs and show our class" (RIP David Coleman) the second half of the season looks good. If not, the trapdoor looms. roobarb85

6:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

joejamestom says...

A hard won point for a change instead of two points lost there was very little between a team at the top & ourselves, they played to their strengths high balls & set pieces by & large. Whereas we attempted to get the ball down & play down the sides, lacking a threat from midfield & with no direct physical threat in the forward areas ala Brodie. Hopefully NW has his sights set on a Physically direct & combative Fwd an attacking Mid + another CB with good feet able to support the midfield as required. Still worried at how tight it is down in the lower reaches of the league but happy we can match the better sides, just needing to kill off the indifferent sides. Cmon City!!!
A hard won point for a change instead of two points lost there was very little between a team at the top & ourselves, they played to their strengths high balls & set pieces by & large. Whereas we attempted to get the ball down & play down the sides, lacking a threat from midfield & with no direct physical threat in the forward areas ala Brodie. Hopefully NW has his sights set on a Physically direct & combative Fwd an attacking Mid + another CB with good feet able to support the midfield as required. Still worried at how tight it is down in the lower reaches of the league but happy we can match the better sides, just needing to kill off the indifferent sides. Cmon City!!! joejamestom

6:48pm Sat 21 Dec 13

poppyroad says...

None of today's starting XI played at Wembley - only 2 played end of last season decider at Dagenham. Recent results show we are competitive
- but we need some permanent signings, particularly in midfield,
and we are in real trouble defensively if we lose McGurk/ can't make Lowe a permanent signing. Goalie and three of the four defenders on Loan is a risk that could cost us dearly. Ingham needs to return (to free up a loan place), and I hope that Oyebanjo (good as O'Neill is) gets back in the team.
I don't mind five loanees if they improve the team - and keep us up - but the recent injuries to Ingham, Parslow and Smith have unbalanced the strategy with so many Loanees on the pitch being defenders. Brobell has suffered the most from this in balance..
In January we need to rectify it. Whiteside as a permanent signing would be a plus - as would Bowman's improved behaviour making him available to play! When you add in Cresswell's retirement NW has been dealt some strong blows that have not helped him to build a winning team.
None of today's starting XI played at Wembley - only 2 played end of last season decider at Dagenham. Recent results show we are competitive - but we need some permanent signings, particularly in midfield, and we are in real trouble defensively if we lose McGurk/ can't make Lowe a permanent signing. Goalie and three of the four defenders on Loan is a risk that could cost us dearly. Ingham needs to return (to free up a loan place), and I hope that Oyebanjo (good as O'Neill is) gets back in the team. I don't mind five loanees if they improve the team - and keep us up - but the recent injuries to Ingham, Parslow and Smith have unbalanced the strategy with so many Loanees on the pitch being defenders. Brobell has suffered the most from this in balance.. In January we need to rectify it. Whiteside as a permanent signing would be a plus - as would Bowman's improved behaviour making him available to play! When you add in Cresswell's retirement NW has been dealt some strong blows that have not helped him to build a winning team. poppyroad

7:03pm Sat 21 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Agree Brobbel was off the pace as was Platt who again made no meaningful contribution. Coulson did pose a threat when he came on and surely played himself into a starting place at Accrington. Back 4 and keeper solid with O,Neill and Lowe outstanding. Up front Carson and Fletcher worked hard but the game is about football and unfortunately the useless ref thought it was all about him. He made some shocking decisions especially the booking of Lowe who did not lunge in, no studs up, a one foot tackle AND got the ball! Overall a decent performance against top of the table team with 2 proven strikers.
Hopefully wins at Accrington and Bury will ensure a great Xmas period for all City supporters. Come on City!
Agree Brobbel was off the pace as was Platt who again made no meaningful contribution. Coulson did pose a threat when he came on and surely played himself into a starting place at Accrington. Back 4 and keeper solid with O,Neill and Lowe outstanding. Up front Carson and Fletcher worked hard but the game is about football and unfortunately the useless ref thought it was all about him. He made some shocking decisions especially the booking of Lowe who did not lunge in, no studs up, a one foot tackle AND got the ball! Overall a decent performance against top of the table team with 2 proven strikers. Hopefully wins at Accrington and Bury will ensure a great Xmas period for all City supporters. Come on City! ian923

7:22pm Sat 21 Dec 13

duffy says...

Another good point IF we follow these up with some wins against the lower teams now. We look far better at the back now with a better quality goalkeeper and Lowe has shown just how much we needed a decent centre half. I do agree with others that we still need a quality midfielder though, Platt does not cut it for me sadly. Again though no one can knock the fact we look just as good as most of the better teams in this league and at the risk of repeating myself we are not far off with a couple of permanent additions.
Another good point IF we follow these up with some wins against the lower teams now. We look far better at the back now with a better quality goalkeeper and Lowe has shown just how much we needed a decent centre half. I do agree with others that we still need a quality midfielder though, Platt does not cut it for me sadly. Again though no one can knock the fact we look just as good as most of the better teams in this league and at the risk of repeating myself we are not far off with a couple of permanent additions. duffy

7:26pm Sat 21 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Oxford are currently 2nd with City in 21st position, yet there was very little between these two sides today. This surely proves that Division 2 is a very poor quality league this season. I have seen the majority of Citys games and Chesterfield are the only team to impress me. I agree with the earlier comment about Brobbel, for he was never really at the races today. But on paper it looks to be another good point against one of the leading teams, although its getting mighty tight in that bottom group now. The next two away games will be vital for us, for we dare not lose them.
Oxford are currently 2nd with City in 21st position, yet there was very little between these two sides today. This surely proves that Division 2 is a very poor quality league this season. I have seen the majority of Citys games and Chesterfield are the only team to impress me. I agree with the earlier comment about Brobbel, for he was never really at the races today. But on paper it looks to be another good point against one of the leading teams, although its getting mighty tight in that bottom group now. The next two away games will be vital for us, for we dare not lose them. OLD - HEAD

8:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Budgie says...

Hard earned point, next four matches will probably define our season, we need Bowman back, Coulson starting then it will be up and way to mid table.
Hard earned point, next four matches will probably define our season, we need Bowman back, Coulson starting then it will be up and way to mid table. Budgie

9:38pm Sat 21 Dec 13

openallhours says...

Had we been a bit higher up the table prior to this game, most people would be tipping us for promotion after this display. Whilst Brobbel was off the boil, and both Carson and Jarvis would have taken their gilt edged chances on another day, the fact remains that we more than held a top side. Keith Lowe gave a master class in central defending and McGurk was (as usual) Mr reliable. As for the referee, his performance was even more dodgy than his left arm.
Had we been a bit higher up the table prior to this game, most people would be tipping us for promotion after this display. Whilst Brobbel was off the boil, and both Carson and Jarvis would have taken their gilt edged chances on another day, the fact remains that we more than held a top side. Keith Lowe gave a master class in central defending and McGurk was (as usual) Mr reliable. As for the referee, his performance was even more dodgy than his left arm. openallhours

9:43pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Phil, Leeds says...

Couldn't fault the players today as we at least matched the league leaders. Only complaint the truly abysmal referee, why do these turkeys have it in for us? Josh Carson is on his way to becoming a City legend; always exciting when he gets the ball. Tom Platt was never really in the game; not sure what's happened to him because he looked a real good prospect in those final few games last season. Keeper was very sound and his kicking is miles better than Ingham's. Wins are sure to come if we keep playing like this.
Couldn't fault the players today as we at least matched the league leaders. Only complaint the truly abysmal referee, why do these turkeys have it in for us? Josh Carson is on his way to becoming a City legend; always exciting when he gets the ball. Tom Platt was never really in the game; not sure what's happened to him because he looked a real good prospect in those final few games last season. Keeper was very sound and his kicking is miles better than Ingham's. Wins are sure to come if we keep playing like this. Phil, Leeds

9:48pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Filofact! says...

We thrashed them nil-nil! Any other day this would have been an excellent result but given our league position it is still two points at home lost! We are drawing too many games at Home. A couple of good results away and we can look forward to 2014 with a bit more optimism. Come on City!!
We thrashed them nil-nil! Any other day this would have been an excellent result but given our league position it is still two points at home lost! We are drawing too many games at Home. A couple of good results away and we can look forward to 2014 with a bit more optimism. Come on City!! Filofact!

12:04am Sun 22 Dec 13

Young York says...

Main problem we have at the moment is the amount of changes every week. A few on here saying Brobbel was quiet today but he's been left out for the last month what do people expect. We need to keep a settled side so players can have a decent run and build up a bit of form. I think NW man management is shocking, needs to sort out the squad in January. Keep the loans to a minimum, or sign some of them., get a settled team.
Main problem we have at the moment is the amount of changes every week. A few on here saying Brobbel was quiet today but he's been left out for the last month what do people expect. We need to keep a settled side so players can have a decent run and build up a bit of form. I think NW man management is shocking, needs to sort out the squad in January. Keep the loans to a minimum, or sign some of them., get a settled team. Young York

2:44am Sun 22 Dec 13

browbeaten says...

Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business.
Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business. browbeaten

9:46am Sun 22 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

browbeaten wrote:
Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business.
I was enjoying the rational debate and contribution to this thread until your negative vibe.We have moved on since the old style division 4. Its a very different financial era and to a degree York City FC are still finding their feet, but they will get there.
[quote][p][bold]browbeaten[/bold] wrote: Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business.[/p][/quote]I was enjoying the rational debate and contribution to this thread until your negative vibe.We have moved on since the old style division 4. Its a very different financial era and to a degree York City FC are still finding their feet, but they will get there. nearlyman

10:29am Sun 22 Dec 13

duffy says...

nearlyman wrote:
browbeaten wrote:
Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business.
I was enjoying the rational debate and contribution to this thread until your negative vibe.We have moved on since the old style division 4. Its a very different financial era and to a degree York City FC are still finding their feet, but they will get there.
Just another troll after a few pints.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]browbeaten[/bold] wrote: Wake up. York FC are and always have been an old style division 4 club. End of business.[/p][/quote]I was enjoying the rational debate and contribution to this thread until your negative vibe.We have moved on since the old style division 4. Its a very different financial era and to a degree York City FC are still finding their feet, but they will get there.[/p][/quote]Just another troll after a few pints. duffy

1:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago NW's record as a manager is not one that contains an abundance of goals no matter where he's been coach. At Norwich, Leicester and York City his sides have almost totally been in negative goal scoring figures.

City need to score goals to win matches, and NW hasn't anything in his coaching history locker to prove he can come up with the goods. It's worrying.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago NW's record as a manager is not one that contains an abundance of goals no matter where he's been coach. At Norwich, Leicester and York City his sides have almost totally been in negative goal scoring figures. City need to score goals to win matches, and NW hasn't anything in his coaching history locker to prove he can come up with the goods. It's worrying. Garrowby Turnoff

1:47pm Sun 22 Dec 13

duffy says...

I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal.
I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal. duffy

3:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Peppa07 says...

Some good comments on this thread - troll excepted. Fascinating match yesterday, both sides going for three points at the end. The referee was mega abysmal. The quality of League 2 is pretty good but the refereeing is often bad.
Lowe and McCarey were outstanding. Forwards a constant threat but I agree Brobbel (whom I've been banging on about should be in starting XI) was as others say - off the pace - but we can't be surprised by that, he hasn't played for weeks! It's a suad game and yesterday's substitutions were very good. The weakness is midfield where we had no-one able to stamp authority on the game, nor show much creativity. Our threat came from the full backs and wings - which at least makes us entertaining. With just a couple of changes for the next three games we could get three great results. Well done to McGurk and Lowe - they looked great yesterday.
Some good comments on this thread - troll excepted. Fascinating match yesterday, both sides going for three points at the end. The referee was mega abysmal. The quality of League 2 is pretty good but the refereeing is often bad. Lowe and McCarey were outstanding. Forwards a constant threat but I agree Brobbel (whom I've been banging on about should be in starting XI) was as others say - off the pace - but we can't be surprised by that, he hasn't played for weeks! It's a suad game and yesterday's substitutions were very good. The weakness is midfield where we had no-one able to stamp authority on the game, nor show much creativity. Our threat came from the full backs and wings - which at least makes us entertaining. With just a couple of changes for the next three games we could get three great results. Well done to McGurk and Lowe - they looked great yesterday. Peppa07

3:30pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Peppa07 says...

I meant squad game.
I meant squad game. Peppa07

4:34pm Sun 22 Dec 13

15ronaldo says...

I personally think signing Lowe in January must be top of Worthingtons list with him in the team it looks much more solid. I still think were lacking in attacking midfielder thou
I personally think signing Lowe in January must be top of Worthingtons list with him in the team it looks much more solid. I still think were lacking in attacking midfielder thou 15ronaldo

8:14pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Dr Brian says...

Not a lot of difference in the 2 teams to say they were in second place (NOT TOP AS THEADLINESSUGGEST - Press once again cannot get basic facts correct) and we are near the bottom. We had a couple of one on one chances which could have won us the game but NW should be pleased he has not got a tight organised defence (strange the defence looks so much better since Ingham was injured - maybe time for a permanent new keeper?)
Not a lot of difference in the 2 teams to say they were in second place (NOT TOP AS THEADLINESSUGGEST - Press once again cannot get basic facts correct) and we are near the bottom. We had a couple of one on one chances which could have won us the game but NW should be pleased he has not got a tight organised defence (strange the defence looks so much better since Ingham was injured - maybe time for a permanent new keeper?) Dr Brian

10:39pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

duffy wrote:
I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal.
Duffy, I don't think Ingham will get another contract,he's had a good time at the club but sentiment has no place in football , difficult choices have to be made,if we can keep McCarey and get out and about looking at young keepers in the local senior leagues and get the coaches to put work in on them
it could resolve a problem. I look at some local games and there are local lads that could step up to the plate. I'm a percentage guy "If you knock at enough doors you'll find what your looking for.
I agree with Centre Half and Midfield, I don't know whats happened with the Puri lad I would put him in the side and give him the freedom of the midfield start him and tell him run at them and get their defences chase him leaving gaps for Brobble Jarvis Carson Fletcher , MERRY CHRISTMAS.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal.[/p][/quote]Duffy, I don't think Ingham will get another contract,he's had a good time at the club but sentiment has no place in football , difficult choices have to be made,if we can keep McCarey and get out and about looking at young keepers in the local senior leagues and get the coaches to put work in on them it could resolve a problem. I look at some local games and there are local lads that could step up to the plate. I'm a percentage guy "If you knock at enough doors you'll find what your looking for. I agree with Centre Half and Midfield, I don't know whats happened with the Puri lad I would put him in the side and give him the freedom of the midfield start him and tell him run at them and get their defences chase him leaving gaps for Brobble Jarvis Carson Fletcher , MERRY CHRISTMAS. bill bailey

11:29pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sixtyfourfive says...

bill bailey wrote:
duffy wrote:
I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal.
Duffy, I don't think Ingham will get another contract,he's had a good time at the club but sentiment has no place in football , difficult choices have to be made,if we can keep McCarey and get out and about looking at young keepers in the local senior leagues and get the coaches to put work in on them
it could resolve a problem. I look at some local games and there are local lads that could step up to the plate. I'm a percentage guy "If you knock at enough doors you'll find what your looking for.
I agree with Centre Half and Midfield, I don't know whats happened with the Puri lad I would put him in the side and give him the freedom of the midfield start him and tell him run at them and get their defences chase him leaving gaps for Brobble Jarvis Carson Fletcher , MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Not wishing to be negative and acknowledging some good play yesterday I am still worried as to where Worthington is taking us - brutal fact this is a results business and he is not delivering..Come January we could be as good as starting again with a new team if current loanees return.What sort of foundation has he actually built? - most of the team are passing through.What improvement have we shown with McCarey in goal? - we ain't won , he conceded softly on his near post at Burton and fumbled a fair few shots Ingham would have gobbled up yesterday.Puri is not in the team because he has shown nothing to warrant being anywhere near it and I suspect will be on his way out before the season end - I think we all got carried away with this international thing! Usually a hard to please lot on here and still can't understand why Worthington is getting such an easy ride - sincerely hope not but we could be bottom of the pile by New Year. Food for thought.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: I think by the end of next month we will know which way the season is going to go. Some very winnable games and the January transfer window give the opportunity to gain both points and bring in another centre half, creative midfielder, and with the retirement of Cresswell a decent quality striker with a bit of experience to support Bowman and Fletcher. It will also be interesting to see if Ingham is on his way out given the improvement shown with others in goal.[/p][/quote]Duffy, I don't think Ingham will get another contract,he's had a good time at the club but sentiment has no place in football , difficult choices have to be made,if we can keep McCarey and get out and about looking at young keepers in the local senior leagues and get the coaches to put work in on them it could resolve a problem. I look at some local games and there are local lads that could step up to the plate. I'm a percentage guy "If you knock at enough doors you'll find what your looking for. I agree with Centre Half and Midfield, I don't know whats happened with the Puri lad I would put him in the side and give him the freedom of the midfield start him and tell him run at them and get their defences chase him leaving gaps for Brobble Jarvis Carson Fletcher , MERRY CHRISTMAS.[/p][/quote]Not wishing to be negative and acknowledging some good play yesterday I am still worried as to where Worthington is taking us - brutal fact this is a results business and he is not delivering..Come January we could be as good as starting again with a new team if current loanees return.What sort of foundation has he actually built? - most of the team are passing through.What improvement have we shown with McCarey in goal? - we ain't won , he conceded softly on his near post at Burton and fumbled a fair few shots Ingham would have gobbled up yesterday.Puri is not in the team because he has shown nothing to warrant being anywhere near it and I suspect will be on his way out before the season end - I think we all got carried away with this international thing! Usually a hard to please lot on here and still can't understand why Worthington is getting such an easy ride - sincerely hope not but we could be bottom of the pile by New Year. Food for thought. sixtyfourfive

2:49pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Wateryturtle says...

Great performance on Saturday, thought we were unlucky not to win. Personally think the squad is stronger than last season and that's a good thig regardless of if its because of loan signings. Things change quickly, two wins and we'll jump up 3/4 places. I think worthington is doing a good job give the players available to him and i can see us becoming a solid League 2 side under him. We're still new to this league and shouldn't get carried away/expect too much too soon. Results haven't been amazing this season but were going in the right direction in terms of squad strength and the results start to come soon. For some teams these things can take time
Great performance on Saturday, thought we were unlucky not to win. Personally think the squad is stronger than last season and that's a good thig regardless of if its because of loan signings. Things change quickly, two wins and we'll jump up 3/4 places. I think worthington is doing a good job give the players available to him and i can see us becoming a solid League 2 side under him. We're still new to this league and shouldn't get carried away/expect too much too soon. Results haven't been amazing this season but were going in the right direction in terms of squad strength and the results start to come soon. For some teams these things can take time Wateryturtle

2:52pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Wateryturtle says...

Also at @sixtyfourfive, you can hardly blame not winning 0-0 games on a goalkeeper, think that's proof he's doing well if anything
Also at @sixtyfourfive, you can hardly blame not winning 0-0 games on a goalkeeper, think that's proof he's doing well if anything Wateryturtle

3:15pm Mon 23 Dec 13

sixtyfourfive says...

Wateryturtle wrote:
Also at @sixtyfourfive, you can hardly blame not winning 0-0 games on a goalkeeper, think that's proof he's doing well if anything
If you read my post correctlyI wasn't blaming the keeper for a 0-0 draw - merely commenting on an earlier post, on the keeper's shot stopping, and on our season generally.Without wishing to split hairs McCarey did concede at Burton on his near post and most match reports held him culpable.Notwithstan
ding my concern at our league position and number of loan players etc as a true fan I sincerely hope Worthington does turn things around and wish him all the best in those endeavours.
[quote][p][bold]Wateryturtle[/bold] wrote: Also at @sixtyfourfive, you can hardly blame not winning 0-0 games on a goalkeeper, think that's proof he's doing well if anything[/p][/quote]If you read my post correctlyI wasn't blaming the keeper for a 0-0 draw - merely commenting on an earlier post, on the keeper's shot stopping, and on our season generally.Without wishing to split hairs McCarey did concede at Burton on his near post and most match reports held him culpable.Notwithstan ding my concern at our league position and number of loan players etc as a true fan I sincerely hope Worthington does turn things around and wish him all the best in those endeavours. sixtyfourfive

4:04pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Fat Harry says...

Dreadful performance by the referee, but at least I was wrong in my prediction that he'd award a last-minute penalty against us.

A good point well won, but as everyone else is saying we now need wins from the next few games.
Dreadful performance by the referee, but at least I was wrong in my prediction that he'd award a last-minute penalty against us. A good point well won, but as everyone else is saying we now need wins from the next few games. Fat Harry

8:08pm Mon 23 Dec 13

pip007 says...

I'd love to know what Jason McGill is thinking. When Mills was sacked we were in 18th place, 4 points off the relegation zone and enduring an 11 match run without a win. We are now in 21st place, one point off relegation zone and enduring a 13 match run without a win. In fact, there was a point (at about 70 minutes) in the Oxford match, where if they had scored we would have dropped into the relegation zone. I admit this team is a bit of a paradox. It feels like a good team capable of being much higher in the division, but I trust that Nigel's strategy for improvement is more than just hoping for a bit of luck. I'm sure Chris Brass was hoping for our luck to change too and we know where that ended. We are 4th bottom of the form table right now, Northampton will get a boost from a new manager, Torquay are winning, Accrington are in form. I'm not trying to be negative but I'm really not sure where the positives are so far this season. I think we could be in the bottom two by the end of the year.
I'd love to know what Jason McGill is thinking. When Mills was sacked we were in 18th place, 4 points off the relegation zone and enduring an 11 match run without a win. We are now in 21st place, one point off relegation zone and enduring a 13 match run without a win. In fact, there was a point (at about 70 minutes) in the Oxford match, where if they had scored we would have dropped into the relegation zone. I admit this team is a bit of a paradox. It feels like a good team capable of being much higher in the division, but I trust that Nigel's strategy for improvement is more than just hoping for a bit of luck. I'm sure Chris Brass was hoping for our luck to change too and we know where that ended. We are 4th bottom of the form table right now, Northampton will get a boost from a new manager, Torquay are winning, Accrington are in form. I'm not trying to be negative but I'm really not sure where the positives are so far this season. I think we could be in the bottom two by the end of the year. pip007

9:00pm Mon 23 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Its obvious to everybody who supports York City that our lack of wins is getting more of a concern as each game passes. One hour gone before we test their keeper, and only two shots on target throughout the game. Its not exacty rocket science is it?. I dont totally blame the two strikers because I have felt for months that our midfield is very poor, and they create absolutely nothing for the strikers. We desperately need a mid-field playmaker and someone who takes a pot shot at goal now and again. Bring on the January sales!
Its obvious to everybody who supports York City that our lack of wins is getting more of a concern as each game passes. One hour gone before we test their keeper, and only two shots on target throughout the game. Its not exacty rocket science is it?. I dont totally blame the two strikers because I have felt for months that our midfield is very poor, and they create absolutely nothing for the strikers. We desperately need a mid-field playmaker and someone who takes a pot shot at goal now and again. Bring on the January sales! OLD - HEAD

9:59pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Peppa07 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Its obvious to everybody who supports York City that our lack of wins is getting more of a concern as each game passes. One hour gone before we test their keeper, and only two shots on target throughout the game. Its not exacty rocket science is it?. I dont totally blame the two strikers because I have felt for months that our midfield is very poor, and they create absolutely nothing for the strikers. We desperately need a mid-field playmaker and someone who takes a pot shot at goal now and again. Bring on the January sales!
This is good sense. Oxford was a good match but we could easily have lost in the final few minutes. Certainly we should be having more efforts on goal - getting a shot in and on target has been a concern sense Conference days. I agree - it's a lot to do with weakness(es) in midfield.
The worrying thing right now is the form of Accrington - it'll be a great performance if we win tomorrow so here's hoping. We should play an attacking game throughout, forget caution. We need wins not draws.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Its obvious to everybody who supports York City that our lack of wins is getting more of a concern as each game passes. One hour gone before we test their keeper, and only two shots on target throughout the game. Its not exacty rocket science is it?. I dont totally blame the two strikers because I have felt for months that our midfield is very poor, and they create absolutely nothing for the strikers. We desperately need a mid-field playmaker and someone who takes a pot shot at goal now and again. Bring on the January sales![/p][/quote]This is good sense. Oxford was a good match but we could easily have lost in the final few minutes. Certainly we should be having more efforts on goal - getting a shot in and on target has been a concern sense Conference days. I agree - it's a lot to do with weakness(es) in midfield. The worrying thing right now is the form of Accrington - it'll be a great performance if we win tomorrow so here's hoping. We should play an attacking game throughout, forget caution. We need wins not draws. Peppa07

10:29pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Peppa07 says...

Accrington are the form team of League 2 by a three point margin - over last ten games..
http://www.soccersta
ts.com/formtable.asp
?league=england4
Accrington are the form team of League 2 by a three point margin - over last ten games.. http://www.soccersta ts.com/formtable.asp ?league=england4 Peppa07

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