York City striker Michael Coulson bids for 2014 change of fortunes

York Press: York City forward Michael Coulson celebrates his goal in the 2-1 defeat at Bury on Sunday. Picture: Gordon Clayton York City forward Michael Coulson celebrates his goal in the 2-1 defeat at Bury on Sunday. Picture: Gordon Clayton

YORK City winger Michael Coulson is targeting more starts in the New Year following a testing 2013.

The 25-year-old attacker is in contention for a place in City’s starting XI during tomorrow’s home match with Morecambe (3pm) having ended his 23-game run without a goal with the visitors’ consolation in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Bury.

That game represented Coulson’s ninth outing as a substitute this term and he has only started two senior matches over the last 12 months.

The former Grimsby and Barnsley flank man was even overlooked for bench duty for 14 consecutive fixtures earlier this term, but is now hoping for more opportunities under Bootham Crescent boss Nigel Worthington in 2014.

“It’s nice to be back involved and getting a run-out and, hopefully, I can get a run of games to prove my worth,” Coulson said.

“I just want to be playing and starting – of course – but I will leave that to the manager.

“When he says the time is right, the time will be right. All I can do is keep doing my best when I get a chance.”

Prior to his Gigg Lane strike, Coulson last netted during a 1-1 draw at Exeter in September 2012.

He suffered cruciate knee ligament damage for the third time in his career a month later before returning to action in March under new chief Worthington.

Since then, he has had chances to end his barren spell – most notably having a late opportunity cleared off the line against Rochdale and heading wide at Accrington on Boxing Day with the goal at his mercy.

“It was a bit of a relief to get back on the scoresheet because it’s been a long time since I have scored and, while I was obviously out with injury, it can still play on your mind,” admitted Coulson.

“I’ve said many times I see scoring goals as a big part of my game so, hopefully, I can add a few more before the end of the season.

“I had a few chances at Bury so I am obviously getting in the right areas. I actually looked over at the linesman for the goal because I didn’t know whether I was offside or not.

“Apparently, somebody said I was but I’m not complaining. At the end of the day, we lost though and that’s not how I wanted the game to finish.”

Right-footed Coulson also believes his employment by Worthington on the left flank increases his chances of getting his name on the scoresheet, adding: “I am always looking to get shots away. That’s just the way I play so playing on the left suits me in that respect.”

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12:14pm Tue 31 Dec 13

chuckabuttie says...

I've always had time for Couls and it's a shame that a) he hasnt had more starts, injuries aside, to show what he can do and b) what is his best position? Good luck to him though.

I posted here last week that the last two games were winnable. Oh dear......the next two home games really are crucial now - not critical but crucial to NW's standing which (notwithstanding the window) Is clearly on the slide

Sorry I cant be there, but at lwast I can be consoled by the fact I have a ticket to see my beloved Chargers here in Cinci in the NFL play offs next Sunday

Happy New Year to each and every one of you and here's to a positive winning2014 for City
I've always had time for Couls and it's a shame that a) he hasnt had more starts, injuries aside, to show what he can do and b) what is his best position? Good luck to him though. I posted here last week that the last two games were winnable. Oh dear......the next two home games really are crucial now - not critical but crucial to NW's standing which (notwithstanding the window) Is clearly on the slide Sorry I cant be there, but at lwast I can be consoled by the fact I have a ticket to see my beloved Chargers here in Cinci in the NFL play offs next Sunday Happy New Year to each and every one of you and here's to a positive winning2014 for City chuckabuttie

4:40pm Tue 31 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Very diplomatic and PC by Michael. I,d love to know what he REALLY thinks!
Very diplomatic and PC by Michael. I,d love to know what he REALLY thinks! ian923

5:53pm Tue 31 Dec 13

PhilR@Strike says...

All the best for the New Year NW, back room staff and the squad.
Lets really go for it, these next two games!
Half thinking going to the Northampton game (an hours drive from me)
pending results of the next two game I'm afraid.
All the best for the New Year NW, back room staff and the squad. Lets really go for it, these next two games! Half thinking going to the Northampton game (an hours drive from me) pending results of the next two game I'm afraid. PhilR@Strike

4:53am Wed 1 Jan 14

jumbojet says...

I wonder what the Manager thinks.
To keep Coulson, and Puri, sat on the bench, when inferior players are in the starting line up, suggests incompetence, and some sort of devious system of team selection, and hence our present league position.
We played four pre-season games at BC and we saw some youth team players, no numbers on their shirts, and I cannot remember their names, but they were excellent footballers, quick, agile, full of ability, where are they? we could have won the last four games with some proper team selection.
We are in the do-do Nigel, get a descent 11 picked, youth included, then get out of the dug-out and start doing some shouting, manage the team and try to convey some conviction, both to the team and the paying public.
I wonder what the Manager thinks. To keep Coulson, and Puri, sat on the bench, when inferior players are in the starting line up, suggests incompetence, and some sort of devious system of team selection, and hence our present league position. We played four pre-season games at BC and we saw some youth team players, no numbers on their shirts, and I cannot remember their names, but they were excellent footballers, quick, agile, full of ability, where are they? we could have won the last four games with some proper team selection. We are in the do-do Nigel, get a descent 11 picked, youth included, then get out of the dug-out and start doing some shouting, manage the team and try to convey some conviction, both to the team and the paying public. jumbojet

11:31am Wed 1 Jan 14

Tug job says...

A happy New Year to one and all. Here's to three points this afternoon. COYR
A happy New Year to one and all. Here's to three points this afternoon. COYR Tug job

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