Match report: Bury 2, York City 1 - Sky Bet League Two

York Press: York City’s Lanre Oyebanjo argues his case to referee Scott Mathieson after he was booked for diving having gone down in the Bury box. Picture: Gordon Clayton York City’s Lanre Oyebanjo argues his case to referee Scott Mathieson after he was booked for diving having gone down in the Bury box. Picture: Gordon Clayton

NOT since 1923 have York City finished a calendar year on such a long run without a victory.

A 2-1 defeat at fellow Sky Bet League Two strugglers Bury meant Nigel Worthington’s men signed off for 2013 having failed to win for an 11th consecutive match.

That represents the poorest finale to a year since the club’s Midland League days when the likes of Castleford Town, Mexborough and Grimsby Town reserves were providing the opposition and the old Wembley stadium had just staged its first FA Cup final.

Solace has previously been taken from the number of draws included in the current sequence but Bury, who started yesterday’s game second bottom, provided firm evidence that every team in this division is capable of picking up victories, including those that will find themselves embroiled in a relegation dogfight during the coming months.

In on-loan pair Danny Nardiello and Anton Forrester, the hosts boasted strikers that caused David McGurk and Keith Lowe more problems than any other duo have done since the two centre-backs were pitched together at the heart of City’s defence.

Shakers substitute Ashley Grimes also gave the hosts a creative spark in the middle of the park that has been missing from the Minstermen’s play in recent times.

The attacking contributions of City’s first-choice midfield pairing Elliott Whitehouse (no goals, no assists) and Lewis Montrose (one goal, one assist) during the first half of the current campaign is certainly cause for concern.

With Josh Carson suffering an off day, it was mainly left to Lanre Oyebanjo – a right-back pushed into wing duty – to provide an attacking outlet for the visitors, as well as support for service-starved front men Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman.

Michael Coulson did add a little positivity following his half-time introduction and ended his personal 15-month wait for a goal.

But that proved insufficient as the visitors tried to recover from an abject first-half performance in which a goal was conceded after only 38 seconds before on-loan Wolves ’keeper Aaron McCarey made an awful mistake to gift Bury a second.

Nardiello ghosted around the back of McGurk in the very first minute before delivering a low cross that saw Forrester find the net from three yards.

The visitors could have responded almost immediately but Carson miscued wide from eight yards and, following a hopeful long-distance Whitehouse effort, David Flitcroft’s men doubled their lead on 18 minutes.

There seemed to be little danger when McCarey fell on to a powder-puff header from Nardiello following Chris Sedgwick’s right-wing cross but the Republic of Ireland under-21 international somehow allowed the ball to slip out of his grasp, leaving centre-back Nathan Cameron with the formality of finding an empty net from two yards.

Montrose then drilled over from 25 yards for City but the visitors should have fallen further behind on 27 minutes when Nardiello missed the target from seven yards after Forrester had raided through the right channel.

After Carson blazed wildly over from a 30-yard free-kick, Danny Mayor then shot wide after running at a back-pedalling Lowe before Oyebanjo called Brian Jensen into his first save of the afternoon on 39 minutes and then went on to find the sidenetting from an unfavourable angle.

Seven minutes into the second half, Richard Hinds headed narrowly wide from a Mayor cross.

Coulson’s firm shot, after Fletcher attacked the byline, was then directed straight down Jensen’s throat while Forrester was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Luke O’Neill before also finding the sidenetting and firing over.

On 70 minutes, a purposeful run by Oyebanjo ended when the former Histon full-back crashed over in the penalty box following a clumsy lunge by Dean Howell but referee Scott Mathieson punished the City player for simulation when most observers expected him to point to the spot.

Within three minutes, Coulson had reduced the deficit, however, staying alert to squeeze a shot inside Jensen’s right-hand upright after fellow substitute Ryan Jarvis’ mishit following good work by Fletcher.

City could not, however, force the equaliser that would have secured a club record-equalling sixth successive draw with O’Neill’s stoppage-time corner that failed to clear the first man, after McCarey had been sent forward, summing up the visitors’ afternoon.

Instead, it was the home side that came closest to another goal with Shaun Harrad prodding wide after Grimes’ through ball had caught out a flat-footed Lowe.


Match facts

Bury 2 (Forrester 1; Cameron 19), York City 1 (Coulson 73)

York City

Aaron McCarey 5
Made an elementary mistake for Bury’s second goal that proved crucial to the final outcome.

Luke O’Neill 6
Dived into the odd challenge but provided the best crosses on a day when too many final balls were disappointing.

Keith Lowe 5
Unsettled by the lively Bury frontmen and given his uneasiest afternoon in a City shirt.

David McGurk 5
Given some problems by the movement of dangerous pair Nardiello and Forrester.

Ben Davies 6
Stuck to his task although will be disappointed that both goals emanated from raids down City’s left.

Lanre Oyebanjo 7
STAR MAN – not a natural on the right wing but tried to carry the game to the opposition at every opportunity.

Lewis Montrose 5
Cautioned for a reckless challenge and withdrawn at half-time due to potential likelihood of a second yellow card.

Elliott Whitehouse 6
Struggled to offer attacking inspiration from midfield in the first half but anchored sensibly in the second.

Josh Carson 5
Nothing came off for him either in general play or from the dead-ball situations he usually excels in.

Ryan Bowman 5
Largely forced to feed off scraps but game passed him by prior to being substituted midway through second period.

Wes Fletcher 7
Did not give up and gave home defence cause for concern with his persistence.

Subs: Michael Coulson 7 – positive (for Carson, 46), Tom Platt 6 – busy (for Montrose, 46), Ryan Jarvis 6 – strong (for Bowman, 67). Not used: Chambers, Puri, Fyfield, Ingham.


Bury

Brian Jensen, Richard Hinds, Nathan Cameron, Dean Howell, Chris Sedgwick, Andy Procter, Tommy Miller, Danny Mayor (Ashley Grimes, 55), Gareth Roberts (Scott Harrison, 74), Danny Nardiello, Anton Forrester (Shaun Harrad, 87). Subs not used: Euan Holden, Reice Charles-Cook, Regan Walker.

Star man: Nardiello – always looked a threat with ball at his feet.


Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Rating: 6/10 – cautions mostly right although, if Oyebanjo one was a mistake, it was a costly one for City.

Booked: Montrose 20, Miller 36, Whitehouse 43, Oyebanjo 70, O’Neill 78, Platt 82.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,706 (925 from City).

Shots on target: Bury 3, City 4.

Shots off target: Bury 8, City 7.

Corners: Bury 3, City 3.

Fouls conceded: Bury 11, City 19.

Offsides: Bury 4, City 1.

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10:58am Mon 30 Dec 13

23rdApril1966 says...

Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble.
NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around.
This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go?
Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised?
I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa
y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself?
Now about the Community Stadium progress............
.
Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble. NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around. This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go? Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised? I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself? Now about the Community Stadium progress............ . 23rdApril1966

11:09am Mon 30 Dec 13

Koala says...

I am writing this in the cool light of day and the expectation that NW, ST et al will already be on their way.
I trust everybody at ycfc will be as ashamed of the last two performances as I am. The team no longer deserves to call itself 'The Minstermen' it is more appropriate to rechristen them 'The Shambles'.
The team has appeared to be ill-prepared for the last two games and lacks the experience both on and off the field to understand the opposition tactics.
Flitcroft had his team mentally, physically and tacticly better prepared whereas York looked prepared for an easy game.
Carson on the wrong wing again, full backs given no room to create, failure to realise Fletcher and Jarvis are best front two if given decent service, As well as Banjo tried he should revert to full back and allow Carson and Coulson to fill wide midfield roles. Midfield needs an experienced creative player.
Jason should not allow NW the January window He has had two opportunities to recruit players and with one or two exceptions they are no better than those replaced. The leadership, selection and tactics are clearly a problem and a new management team should be given as much time as possible to bring in some new ideas.
I am writing this in the cool light of day and the expectation that NW, ST et al will already be on their way. I trust everybody at ycfc will be as ashamed of the last two performances as I am. The team no longer deserves to call itself 'The Minstermen' it is more appropriate to rechristen them 'The Shambles'. The team has appeared to be ill-prepared for the last two games and lacks the experience both on and off the field to understand the opposition tactics. Flitcroft had his team mentally, physically and tacticly better prepared whereas York looked prepared for an easy game. Carson on the wrong wing again, full backs given no room to create, failure to realise Fletcher and Jarvis are best front two if given decent service, As well as Banjo tried he should revert to full back and allow Carson and Coulson to fill wide midfield roles. Midfield needs an experienced creative player. Jason should not allow NW the January window He has had two opportunities to recruit players and with one or two exceptions they are no better than those replaced. The leadership, selection and tactics are clearly a problem and a new management team should be given as much time as possible to bring in some new ideas. Koala

11:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

Pweeter23 says...

That is quite simply the best post I have read on this website. Absolutely spot on with the analysis of yesterday's game. You must have been sat with me and my group of friends as the conclusion of all things wrong with yesterday's game and the squad of players is exactly what we discussed. Almost word for word. Pleas can anyone tell me why it is so hard for york city to find a left back ? It's 18 months since Meredith left and still no one has come close to replacing him
That is quite simply the best post I have read on this website. Absolutely spot on with the analysis of yesterday's game. You must have been sat with me and my group of friends as the conclusion of all things wrong with yesterday's game and the squad of players is exactly what we discussed. Almost word for word. Pleas can anyone tell me why it is so hard for york city to find a left back ? It's 18 months since Meredith left and still no one has come close to replacing him Pweeter23

11:15am Mon 30 Dec 13

Pweeter23 says...

Sorry should have quoted the post by 23rdApril1966
Sorry should have quoted the post by 23rdApril1966 Pweeter23

12:00pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Fergie says...

Worthington has had two chances to build a team capable of competing in this league and has failed badly at both attempts. Yesterday was a very dark day being a York fan, never felt so fed up leaving a stadium as yesterday and can I add the support again was absolutely tremendous from the 1000 or so fans who made the journey accross the pennines. Such a shame that the players and manager cannot offer the same passion and commitment as the long suffering fans give week in week out. We deserve better than this Jason and Sophie McGill. Failure to pick up 3 points this week and Nigel Worthington "HAS" to go end of!
Worthington has had two chances to build a team capable of competing in this league and has failed badly at both attempts. Yesterday was a very dark day being a York fan, never felt so fed up leaving a stadium as yesterday and can I add the support again was absolutely tremendous from the 1000 or so fans who made the journey accross the pennines. Such a shame that the players and manager cannot offer the same passion and commitment as the long suffering fans give week in week out. We deserve better than this Jason and Sophie McGill. Failure to pick up 3 points this week and Nigel Worthington "HAS" to go end of! Fergie

1:41pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Tiggster says...

Hate to be another doom merchant but having been to both games at Accrington & Bury it shows that NW hasnt a clue. We are devoid of any creativity, opting for a formulaic safety-first option of head it or chip/lump it forward and hope for the best. Our free-kicks, corners and throw ins are amateurish. Our best player, Brobbel, isnt selected. Sorry but our midfield is pathetic, Whitehouse and Montrose contribute nothing creatively with 1 assist and 1 goal between them all season. The new keeper is no better than Ingham yet as a loanee he restricts other selection options. At least Fletcher looks decent and puts a shift in, I feel sorry for the guy he must wonder why he bothers sometimes. We must ditch this Manager, things are NOT going to get better, we havent won for over 2 months and now teams below us are beating us. whats the point of saying his new striker has pace to burn when the chance of us getting the ball to him in space or without his back to goal seem non-existent? Time for a change otherwise its Skrill-land for us. Get a new man in now so that we dont suffer more NW gems in January.
Hate to be another doom merchant but having been to both games at Accrington & Bury it shows that NW hasnt a clue. We are devoid of any creativity, opting for a formulaic safety-first option of head it or chip/lump it forward and hope for the best. Our free-kicks, corners and throw ins are amateurish. Our best player, Brobbel, isnt selected. Sorry but our midfield is pathetic, Whitehouse and Montrose contribute nothing creatively with 1 assist and 1 goal between them all season. The new keeper is no better than Ingham yet as a loanee he restricts other selection options. At least Fletcher looks decent and puts a shift in, I feel sorry for the guy he must wonder why he bothers sometimes. We must ditch this Manager, things are NOT going to get better, we havent won for over 2 months and now teams below us are beating us. whats the point of saying his new striker has pace to burn when the chance of us getting the ball to him in space or without his back to goal seem non-existent? Time for a change otherwise its Skrill-land for us. Get a new man in now so that we dont suffer more NW gems in January. Tiggster

1:57pm Mon 30 Dec 13

redbluelion says...

3rd bottom out of all cups at first attempt is there anything good about this season to talk about,Answer no...... worthingtons had his chance to sort out the team.but the team is worse then the one GM left behind time for worthington to be sacked.and i mean sacked now,no more chances get rid now.get someone in who can put some fire in the belly's of the very weak and lazy bunch of misfits there's a few decent players but there only here on loan.
3rd bottom out of all cups at first attempt is there anything good about this season to talk about,Answer no...... worthingtons had his chance to sort out the team.but the team is worse then the one GM left behind time for worthington to be sacked.and i mean sacked now,no more chances get rid now.get someone in who can put some fire in the belly's of the very weak and lazy bunch of misfits there's a few decent players but there only here on loan. redbluelion

3:23pm Mon 30 Dec 13

referee 1 says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble.
NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around.
This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go?
Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised?
I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa

y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself?
Now about the Community Stadium progress............

.
spot on with comments, and nice to see a football opinion based on facts. Millsy was criticised for playing people out of position, poor signings etc which was all accurate,however NW has done the same and still in a job? Why? At least Mills was passionate and cared for the club ,I don't think NW cares a hoot about the support or the club.Well hes done it all you know , been in the game long enough to know how it works. Well Nigel taxi time. Yesterday he just stood in the technical area looking a forlorn figure ,no motivation to the players, I agree we want a discipline manager but one who knows what he is doing and motivational to the players. Midfield players can win games look at all good sides quality midfield players with proven ability to score goals in teams, we have had them in the past and NW is just signing defensive holding midfield players ,just look at clay he would struggle to get in a Northern counties team. These fans deserve better from the board ,ive never been one for a managers head but waiting till end January may be too late this year ,we need to start winning on a full time basis.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble. NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around. This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go? Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised? I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself? Now about the Community Stadium progress............ .[/p][/quote]spot on with comments, and nice to see a football opinion based on facts. Millsy was criticised for playing people out of position, poor signings etc which was all accurate,however NW has done the same and still in a job? Why? At least Mills was passionate and cared for the club ,I don't think NW cares a hoot about the support or the club.Well hes done it all you know , been in the game long enough to know how it works. Well Nigel taxi time. Yesterday he just stood in the technical area looking a forlorn figure ,no motivation to the players, I agree we want a discipline manager but one who knows what he is doing and motivational to the players. Midfield players can win games look at all good sides quality midfield players with proven ability to score goals in teams, we have had them in the past and NW is just signing defensive holding midfield players ,just look at clay he would struggle to get in a Northern counties team. These fans deserve better from the board ,ive never been one for a managers head but waiting till end January may be too late this year ,we need to start winning on a full time basis. referee 1

4:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

redbluelion says...

referee 1 wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote: Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble. NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around. This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go? Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised? I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself? Now about the Community Stadium progress............ .
spot on with comments, and nice to see a football opinion based on facts. Millsy was criticised for playing people out of position, poor signings etc which was all accurate,however NW has done the same and still in a job? Why? At least Mills was passionate and cared for the club ,I don't think NW cares a hoot about the support or the club.Well hes done it all you know , been in the game long enough to know how it works. Well Nigel taxi time. Yesterday he just stood in the technical area looking a forlorn figure ,no motivation to the players, I agree we want a discipline manager but one who knows what he is doing and motivational to the players. Midfield players can win games look at all good sides quality midfield players with proven ability to score goals in teams, we have had them in the past and NW is just signing defensive holding midfield players ,just look at clay he would struggle to get in a Northern counties team. These fans deserve better from the board ,ive never been one for a managers head but waiting till end January may be too late this year ,we need to start winning on a full time basis.
spot on. im sick of being short changed by the manager and the players.we need change now before we go down.
[quote][p][bold]referee 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Hard not to think that it is time to dust off the A-Z's of Braintree, Tamworth and Woking in readiness for 2014/15. Having witnessed both 'performances' at Accrington and Bury then its hard not to think that this is a relegation side. Accrington was very poor with the exception of a 15 minute spell before HT, yesterday's first half showing was simply abject. The lack of creativity in midfield is one thing but when the self same players win no headers nor no 'second ball' then we are in trouble. NW has already had two rolls of the dice, first with his squad building in pre season and subsequently with a revolving door loanee policy. No doubt he's about to get a third roll........well by God I hope that he has better players in mind this time around. This must be a nightmare for the Board having dismissed Mills for a similar run and now finding history repeat itself. Surely if we don't win at least one of the upcoming two home games then NW has to go? Could he just show an ounce of passion on the touchline, I'm all for well mannered, well spoken managers but quite how he could stay composed during that first 45 minutes was beyond me. ...so it was. And with all his Premiership and International pedigree why can he not see the vast percentage of goals being carved out down our left where Davies is simply floundering? Also when money is so tight how come we have a quartet of wingers in Chambers, Puri, Brobbel and Carson, none of whom figured in the second half yesterday? How can he accept the 'quality' of dead ball played in yesterday, there was a 10 minute spell pre HT when the standard would have shamed matches on the Knavesmire. Then deep into injury time a City corner, from which O'Neill criminally failed to beat the first man stood at the edge of the 6 yard box - be honest was anybody surprised? I, like you all, could go on and on but honestly the problems within the squad are so many that it beggars belief. Please kindly readers give me some hope for 2014, we've been abject now since Maine Road May 1999 with the exception of a 'purple patch month' two seasons ago - that is 15 years nearly...........awa y followings of 700+ and 900+ over the Xmas period surely need some hope like myself? Now about the Community Stadium progress............ .[/p][/quote]spot on with comments, and nice to see a football opinion based on facts. Millsy was criticised for playing people out of position, poor signings etc which was all accurate,however NW has done the same and still in a job? Why? At least Mills was passionate and cared for the club ,I don't think NW cares a hoot about the support or the club.Well hes done it all you know , been in the game long enough to know how it works. Well Nigel taxi time. Yesterday he just stood in the technical area looking a forlorn figure ,no motivation to the players, I agree we want a discipline manager but one who knows what he is doing and motivational to the players. Midfield players can win games look at all good sides quality midfield players with proven ability to score goals in teams, we have had them in the past and NW is just signing defensive holding midfield players ,just look at clay he would struggle to get in a Northern counties team. These fans deserve better from the board ,ive never been one for a managers head but waiting till end January may be too late this year ,we need to start winning on a full time basis.[/p][/quote]spot on. im sick of being short changed by the manager and the players.we need change now before we go down. redbluelion

8:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Bury were not a particulally good team, but they most certainly deserved to win. Unfortunately this season York City have perfected the art of making any team look good. I am extremely disappointed with Nigel Worthingtons ideas for York City FC. The current City team is just eleven individul players and not the well organised football team that we should expect from a Manager of his experience. But I sincerely hope that we can retain our place in the Football League, with or without Nigel Worthington.
Bury were not a particulally good team, but they most certainly deserved to win. Unfortunately this season York City have perfected the art of making any team look good. I am extremely disappointed with Nigel Worthingtons ideas for York City FC. The current City team is just eleven individul players and not the well organised football team that we should expect from a Manager of his experience. But I sincerely hope that we can retain our place in the Football League, with or without Nigel Worthington. OLD - HEAD

8:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

referee 1 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Bury were not a particulally good team, but they most certainly deserved to win. Unfortunately this season York City have perfected the art of making any team look good. I am extremely disappointed with Nigel Worthingtons ideas for York City FC. The current City team is just eleven individul players and not the well organised football team that we should expect from a Manager of his experience. But I sincerely hope that we can retain our place in the Football League, with or without Nigel Worthington.
Agree with your opinion old-head about Bury but not sure agree about them deserving to win over full 90min,dare to say I think a draw would have been fairer . They got lucky that the second goal was allowed ,the law clearly states that the goalkeeper had possession of the football and was kicked out of his hand therefore a indirect free kick should have been awarded for dangerous play and goal disallowed,that dos not excuse the keepers mistake however. Then Banjos penalty appeal and card, I suggest he did get caught but went down too theatrical in the refs view hence the card,although the ref was positionally poor all game. Also you are bang on about organised team,i thought NW prided himself on organisation?
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Bury were not a particulally good team, but they most certainly deserved to win. Unfortunately this season York City have perfected the art of making any team look good. I am extremely disappointed with Nigel Worthingtons ideas for York City FC. The current City team is just eleven individul players and not the well organised football team that we should expect from a Manager of his experience. But I sincerely hope that we can retain our place in the Football League, with or without Nigel Worthington.[/p][/quote]Agree with your opinion old-head about Bury but not sure agree about them deserving to win over full 90min,dare to say I think a draw would have been fairer . They got lucky that the second goal was allowed ,the law clearly states that the goalkeeper had possession of the football and was kicked out of his hand therefore a indirect free kick should have been awarded for dangerous play and goal disallowed,that dos not excuse the keepers mistake however. Then Banjos penalty appeal and card, I suggest he did get caught but went down too theatrical in the refs view hence the card,although the ref was positionally poor all game. Also you are bang on about organised team,i thought NW prided himself on organisation? referee 1

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