Nigel Worthington in warning to York City striking star Ryan Bowman

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RYAN Bowman has been told he must take responsibility for his poor disciplinary record and not look to blame referees for spending nine weeks of the season suspended.

Following Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with League Two leaders Oxford, no York City player has managed to get their name on the scoresheet during the four-match ban Bowman has now completed.

City have only a Shane Cansdell-Sherriff own goal to show for their efforts during more than six hours of football since former Hereford striker Bowman netted at Southend.

His absence has also coincided with the retirement of fellow forward Richard Cresswell.

But Bowman, 22, will be back in contention for the Boxing Day trip to Accrington Stanley, with Minstermen chief Nigel Worthington warning him against a third dismissal of the season following red cards at Bristol Rovers and Southend since his summer arrival.

His bans have totalled seven games already this term and a third early shower could result in an additional five matches on the sidelines.

On the return to the fold of Bowman, who has only started four league games this season but has as many goals to his name, Worthington said: “He is another option and that keeps players on their toes.

“Hopefully, when he comes back, he will stay on the pitch because I have added it up and he has missed a third of the season. That situation is down to Ryan, not the referees’ fault.

“He’s still got to work hard and do what he needs to do for the team, but go about it in the right way and be careful.”

A draw against Oxford means the Minstermen have now gone nine games without a win but have shared the spoils seven times during that sequence.

Worthington’s side have yet to be defeated by any of the team’s currently occupying the automatic promotion places.

They have drawn against Chesterfield and beaten Scunthorpe, with the former Northern Ireland chief remaining encouraged by his team’s form.

He said: “Our appetite for the game was there, the quality was there and we competed very well all over the park.

“We had chances but did not manage to put them in the net. We are on the right lines though and doing so many good things.

“We have just got to keep plodding away because we are not far away. We have played the top three teams now and held our own.

“We are doing everything except finishing games off and, from a work point of view, I cannot ask anything more of the players.”

Saturday’s clean sheet represented a third in four games for City, with Worthington reasoning that every player has now got to take collective responsibility to ensure the team start troubling opponents at the other end of the pitch again.

Citing a second-half set-piece that midfielder Lewis Montrose narrowly failed to connect with at the weekend, the Minstermen boss said: “We have become very solid and that’s important because that gives us a foundation to work from.

“Hopefully, the goals will start to come because we are creating chances. It’s not just strikers we are looking at either.

“We had a chance from a Josh Carson free-kick and, regardless of who is on the end of them, you have got to attack the ball and make it hit you. We’ve just got to get some wins now because other teams are picking them up.”

Ryan Brobbel was recalled to Saturday’s starting line-up for the first time in eight matches after falling victim to the Football League restrictions that only allow five on-loan players to be selected in a match-day squad.

Instead, Sheffield United midfielder Elliott Whitehouse missed out against the U’s, with Tom Platt deputising for him.

Brobbel gave way for Michael Coulson, however, early in the second half with Worthington adding: “I thought young Platty did a good, solid job and I wanted to play Brobbs at home to help us go forward.

“He knows he can be a threat but he probably spoilt it for himself and me when he played exceptionally well against Scunthorpe because he laid down a marker then and you want to see that level of performance on a regular basis.”

Goalkeeper Michael Ingham, meanwhile, was named on the bench as he edges closer to full fitness following his hip flexor problem “He trained for two days before the game so we put him on the bench and he shouldn’t be far away now,” Worthington explained.

The City chief also confirmed that his players would be reporting for training at Bootham Crescent on Christmas Day, reasoning: “Christmas and Easter are probably our busiest times of the year.

“It’s when we work and it’s as simple as that. The players had a rest day yesterday but will train today and tomorrow and anybody who wants to come and join us for a 5.30pm session on Wednesday is welcome to do so.”

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1:28pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Edsoni says...

We have a number of forward players who at the moment are flattering to deceive. They have all had their moments but are not consistent. Brobbel has had outstanding periods but frankly just before his "rest" hadn't influenced games very much -almost as if he thought the Scunthorpe input was enough for a while. His poor game on Saturday however is more understandable given his lay off. Coulson started well and then faded but showed his capability - more please not just 7or 8 minutes. He is certainly ahead of Puri on the evidence we've seen. Unfortunately the Estonian national ranking has indeed proved to be a good indicator of what to expect and he hasn't developed into a new Jon McCarthy. (except that he has disappeared from sight)
Others on these pages are championing Bowman ; again some encouraging signs but can he drop off to win the midfield headers? Fletcher will no doubt be furthest forward from goal kicks etc. At the moment on the teamsheet I think Fletcher is just ahead. In my mind neither Bowman nor Jarvis are poor choices; but likewise are not automatics. We need at least one of the three to have a purple patch.
In midfield , I think Whitehouse merits one of the loan slots and think that Platt needs more time to develop. At the back McGurk started poorly on Saturday but once he'd overcome his nervousness about Constable grew into the game. It's encouraging that Lowe looks to be a permanent signing in the offing as that would give more flexibility. The two of them give solidity but we need at least another.
For me the loan keeper needs to stay either for cover or first choice so that will again constrain options. Somebody must have been on the rum sauce early to suggest we take a local weekend leaguer ! I doubt we'll see a better joke in our Christmas crackers.
Saturday showed we have a solid team but so do many others.
I think we'll have a better indication of the prospects come 5pm 4th January as the important games and early transfer/loan activity will be panning out .
On balance I still think the opportunities just outweigh the threats, but we certainly cannot relax.
In closing I'd like to send best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable yuletide - let's hope the "York tide" turns in our favour!
We have a number of forward players who at the moment are flattering to deceive. They have all had their moments but are not consistent. Brobbel has had outstanding periods but frankly just before his "rest" hadn't influenced games very much -almost as if he thought the Scunthorpe input was enough for a while. His poor game on Saturday however is more understandable given his lay off. Coulson started well and then faded but showed his capability - more please not just 7or 8 minutes. He is certainly ahead of Puri on the evidence we've seen. Unfortunately the Estonian national ranking has indeed proved to be a good indicator of what to expect and he hasn't developed into a new Jon McCarthy. (except that he has disappeared from sight) Others on these pages are championing Bowman ; again some encouraging signs but can he drop off to win the midfield headers? Fletcher will no doubt be furthest forward from goal kicks etc. At the moment on the teamsheet I think Fletcher is just ahead. In my mind neither Bowman nor Jarvis are poor choices; but likewise are not automatics. We need at least one of the three to have a purple patch. In midfield , I think Whitehouse merits one of the loan slots and think that Platt needs more time to develop. At the back McGurk started poorly on Saturday but once he'd overcome his nervousness about Constable grew into the game. It's encouraging that Lowe looks to be a permanent signing in the offing as that would give more flexibility. The two of them give solidity but we need at least another. For me the loan keeper needs to stay either for cover or first choice so that will again constrain options. Somebody must have been on the rum sauce early to suggest we take a local weekend leaguer ! I doubt we'll see a better joke in our Christmas crackers. Saturday showed we have a solid team but so do many others. I think we'll have a better indication of the prospects come 5pm 4th January as the important games and early transfer/loan activity will be panning out . On balance I still think the opportunities just outweigh the threats, but we certainly cannot relax. In closing I'd like to send best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable yuletide - let's hope the "York tide" turns in our favour! Edsoni

4:27pm Mon 23 Dec 13

heartbreaker says...

I thought both his red cards were harsh though can see why the ref gave them with the ridiculous guidelines they are now pressured to follow. After the refs performance on Saturday v Oxford - in particular the booking for Lowe in the first half it is now almost getting to the point where players will have to avoid challenges just to prevent the ref having the opportunity to present a card.
I thought both his red cards were harsh though can see why the ref gave them with the ridiculous guidelines they are now pressured to follow. After the refs performance on Saturday v Oxford - in particular the booking for Lowe in the first half it is now almost getting to the point where players will have to avoid challenges just to prevent the ref having the opportunity to present a card. heartbreaker

8:39pm Mon 23 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage.
I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage. OLD - HEAD

9:46pm Mon 23 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage.
I don't agree 22yrs old if the talent is there no reason to resort to getting yourself sent off twice,he has to keep a low profile and let the skills he has keep him out of trouble.the club has wasted 9 weeks money on him to sit in the stand hes got to grow up and be more responsible. If I was the manager he wouldn't have been paid simple as that.There's nothing wrong with NW making the statement he has , I for one would have given him one up the rear end before this. Players are employees of the club and as such must realise the supporters help pay his wages.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage.[/p][/quote]I don't agree 22yrs old if the talent is there no reason to resort to getting yourself sent off twice,he has to keep a low profile and let the skills he has keep him out of trouble.the club has wasted 9 weeks money on him to sit in the stand hes got to grow up and be more responsible. If I was the manager he wouldn't have been paid simple as that.There's nothing wrong with NW making the statement he has , I for one would have given him one up the rear end before this. Players are employees of the club and as such must realise the supporters help pay his wages. bill bailey

12:35am Tue 24 Dec 13

GreenshawGrinder says...

Given him one up the rear end, very brave of you to come out in public Bill!
Given him one up the rear end, very brave of you to come out in public Bill! GreenshawGrinder

11:56am Tue 24 Dec 13

old_school_minsterman says...

bill bailey wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote: I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage.
I don't agree 22yrs old if the talent is there no reason to resort to getting yourself sent off twice,he has to keep a low profile and let the skills he has keep him out of trouble.the club has wasted 9 weeks money on him to sit in the stand hes got to grow up and be more responsible. If I was the manager he wouldn't have been paid simple as that.There's nothing wrong with NW making the statement he has , I for one would have given him one up the rear end before this. Players are employees of the club and as such must realise the supporters help pay his wages.
Oooooh matron! ;o)
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I think that the Managers instructions to Ryan Bowman should have been kept under wraps in the dressing room. Going public with these comments just invites all of the wind-up merchants playing in Division 2, to give Bowman the verbals throughout the game. There are plenty of hardened professionals out there who will try to use this to their advantage.[/p][/quote]I don't agree 22yrs old if the talent is there no reason to resort to getting yourself sent off twice,he has to keep a low profile and let the skills he has keep him out of trouble.the club has wasted 9 weeks money on him to sit in the stand hes got to grow up and be more responsible. If I was the manager he wouldn't have been paid simple as that.There's nothing wrong with NW making the statement he has , I for one would have given him one up the rear end before this. Players are employees of the club and as such must realise the supporters help pay his wages.[/p][/quote]Oooooh matron! ;o) old_school_minsterman

2:17pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

GreenshawGrinder wrote:
Given him one up the rear end, very brave of you to come out in public Bill!
Not the best choice of words GSG. you get what I mean, in plain English a boot up the ****. the lad let himself down , his team-mates down the manager and the club. NW sends a team on the field like any other manager with a plan
and if a one player gets sent off it go's out the window, If it happened I would show him the door .
[quote][p][bold]GreenshawGrinder[/bold] wrote: Given him one up the rear end, very brave of you to come out in public Bill![/p][/quote]Not the best choice of words GSG. you get what I mean, in plain English a boot up the ****. the lad let himself down , his team-mates down the manager and the club. NW sends a team on the field like any other manager with a plan and if a one player gets sent off it go's out the window, If it happened I would show him the door . bill bailey

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