York City strike duo fight for starting role against Chesterfield

York Press: Chris Dickinson Chris Dickinson

SHAQ McDONALD is unlikely to be given his York City debut tonight even if fellow strikers Ryan Jarvis and Ryan Bowman are both unavailable for the Sky Bet League Two home clash with Chesterfield.

Rather than travelling with the first team for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool, McDonald featured in that morning’s 3-0 North Riding Senior Cup loss at Richmond Town.

City boss Nigel Worthington still believes the 18-year-old forward is short on match fitness after joining the Minstermen at the turn of the year following his release by Peterborough in November.

As a consequence, first-year pro Chris Dickinson – an unused substitute at Victoria Park – has more chance of making his League debut against the Spireites if Jarvis and Bowman are unfit, although Worthington could also switch to a 4-3-3 formation and employ Wes Fletcher as a lone central striker.

Jarvis is rated as “very doubtful” after picking up an ankle injury at Hartlepool, where Bowman also jarred his Achilles but has more chance of recovering in time for this evening’s contest.

Asked whether the time would be right to pitch in Dickinson or McDonald against the high-flying visitors, Worthington said: “Everbody has got to be physically and mentally ready to play when required.

“You cannot have anybody in the squad that isn’t because the game is no longer about 11 players. It’s about your squad, whether you are playing in the Premier League or League Two.

“At this moment in time, though, Chris is probably ahead of Shaq because he is still playing catch-up from a fitness point of view to get to the levels we expect. But he is working hard and wants to work hard, so we will keep pushing him.”

On the possibility of a system change, meanwhile, the Minstermen chief added: “It might be something we look at depending on the personnel we have available.”

Worthington has also challenged his team to bounce back from the disappointment of the weekend against a side he regards as League Two’s Manchester City or Chelsea due to their spending power.

“Everybody was disappointed and a little bit hurt on Saturday because a lot of work went into those first 82 minutes before they scored the first goal, but we have got a terrific game against Chesterfield now at Bootham Crescent,” he said.

“It will be a challenge for us because they are maybe the Manchester City or Chelsea of League Two from a financial point of view but there is nothing to stop us picking our wits on a one-to-one basis.

“They are in good shape and near the top of the league but they are coming to our ground and we have our jobs to do and we need to do them well.”

Despite tonight’s match being sandwiched between weekend trips to Hartlepool and Fleetwood, Worthington gave short shrift to any notion of fatigue in his players, reasoning: “I listened to the radio on the way back from Saturday’s match and it was interesting.

“They were talking about professional footballers playing three games a week but I have told our lads that isn’t a problem.

“It’s a joy to be playing rather than training all week and we must make sure we are well-prepared and focused for two terrific games.

“I can remember playing against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day and then at Manchester City the following day.

“As a player, that’s a real challenge but you put everything you can into the first game and then push yourself as much as possible in the second.

“The body can cope with it, so it’s all about your mental strength as a player.”

Estonian international Sander Puri has resumed light training following his knee injury but will not be considered against the Spireites.

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12:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Robert Davro says...

Everbody?
Everbody? Robert Davro
  • Score: -5

12:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

johnno65 says...

Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power.
Bit like Saturdays game!
Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power. Bit like Saturdays game! johnno65
  • Score: -5

12:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

YorkCityLuke says...

johnno65 wrote:
Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power.
Bit like Saturdays game!
I worry that you're right. I suppose the players attitude's/ effort levels make a big difference on the night, but if we start with a negative 'defensive' set-up they're bound to play with a negative, defensive mentality. In which case we'll be beaten easily I imagine. Still, you never know - it didn't look like we were capable of winning at all at the end of December, then we won 3 on the bounce.
[quote][p][bold]johnno65[/bold] wrote: Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power. Bit like Saturdays game![/p][/quote]I worry that you're right. I suppose the players attitude's/ effort levels make a big difference on the night, but if we start with a negative 'defensive' set-up they're bound to play with a negative, defensive mentality. In which case we'll be beaten easily I imagine. Still, you never know - it didn't look like we were capable of winning at all at the end of December, then we won 3 on the bounce. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

All the more reason for the fans NOT to start with a negative mentality.

loud & proud

COYR
All the more reason for the fans NOT to start with a negative mentality. loud & proud COYR Fat Harry
  • Score: 14

1:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.
I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 10

2:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

We have to start with a high tempo and maintain it, or a long night is on the cards.
We have to start with a high tempo and maintain it, or a long night is on the cards. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

3:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sixtyfourfive says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.
Sorry but this is totally the opposite of how I believe we should approach any home game.If we start off with the thought of "putting up the barricades" I believe that will get the crowd on the team's back and be a recipe for disaster.We are playing Chesterfield for goodness sake - not Barcelona - and in my view any side in this division is capable of beating any other.Let's have the attitude we had against Scunthorpe ie start with a high tempo positive attitude.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.[/p][/quote]Sorry but this is totally the opposite of how I believe we should approach any home game.If we start off with the thought of "putting up the barricades" I believe that will get the crowd on the team's back and be a recipe for disaster.We are playing Chesterfield for goodness sake - not Barcelona - and in my view any side in this division is capable of beating any other.Let's have the attitude we had against Scunthorpe ie start with a high tempo positive attitude. sixtyfourfive
  • Score: 13

4:32pm Tue 28 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote: I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.
Sorry but this is totally the opposite of how I believe we should approach any home game.If we start off with the thought of "putting up the barricades" I believe that will get the crowd on the team's back and be a recipe for disaster.We are playing Chesterfield for goodness sake - not Barcelona - and in my view any side in this division is capable of beating any other.Let's have the attitude we had against Scunthorpe ie start with a high tempo positive attitude.
You are 100% correct Chesterfield are not Barcelona, but of course we aint Real Madrid either. I would honestly love to see City go gung-ho and demolish Chesterfield, but I doubt if that will happen. Knowing Nigel Worthingtons philosophy, he will want to contain them and hope to nick a goal on the break. Looking forward to tonights match as Chesterfield will be going for the win to put them back into top spot. It should make for a entertaning game.
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.[/p][/quote]Sorry but this is totally the opposite of how I believe we should approach any home game.If we start off with the thought of "putting up the barricades" I believe that will get the crowd on the team's back and be a recipe for disaster.We are playing Chesterfield for goodness sake - not Barcelona - and in my view any side in this division is capable of beating any other.Let's have the attitude we had against Scunthorpe ie start with a high tempo positive attitude.[/p][/quote]You are 100% correct Chesterfield are not Barcelona, but of course we aint Real Madrid either. I would honestly love to see City go gung-ho and demolish Chesterfield, but I doubt if that will happen. Knowing Nigel Worthingtons philosophy, he will want to contain them and hope to nick a goal on the break. Looking forward to tonights match as Chesterfield will be going for the win to put them back into top spot. It should make for a entertaning game. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

rogue84 says...

will be a 'pleasure' to welcome that horrible sod Gary Roberts back to BC....hope to see Banj smash in a good couple of 50/50s on him early on.
will be a 'pleasure' to welcome that horrible sod Gary Roberts back to BC....hope to see Banj smash in a good couple of 50/50s on him early on. rogue84
  • Score: 1

6:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

23rdApril1966 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.
Got my lucky jumper on OH but like you would settle for a point tonight.
Not suggesting that we play for one but suspect it would be a good point come 9 45.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.[/p][/quote]Got my lucky jumper on OH but like you would settle for a point tonight. Not suggesting that we play for one but suspect it would be a good point come 9 45. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: -2

7:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.
Got my lucky jumper on OH but like you would settle for a point tonight.
Not suggesting that we play for one but suspect it would be a good point come 9 45.
The line up suggests NW looking for a clean sheet, a point will be a good
result.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I remember only too well how Chesterfield mounted attack after attack in our first meeting. Their wingers seemed to be continually sending crosses into our penalty area. If they had taken their chances they would have scored five or six. So no matter how boring our backs to the wall tactics might be tonight, I will be delighted if we can get anything from his game. City need every point that they can get, if some of those points are gained by putting up the barricades, then so be it.[/p][/quote]Got my lucky jumper on OH but like you would settle for a point tonight. Not suggesting that we play for one but suspect it would be a good point come 9 45.[/p][/quote]The line up suggests NW looking for a clean sheet, a point will be a good result. bill bailey
  • Score: -2

7:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

johnno65 wrote:
Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power.
Bit like Saturdays game!
The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now?
[quote][p][bold]johnno65[/bold] wrote: Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power. Bit like Saturdays game![/p][/quote]The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 6

8:50pm Tue 28 Jan 14

giggs08 says...

Last game I will attend while this clueless,negtive manager takes us back to the dark ages with his brand of football. If im honest I was disappointed when we won the 3 in a row because he must of been very close to losing his job before this and gave himelf a reprieve with that run which was never gonna last.! please please sack this clown before its too late, and save the fans from this utter ****!
Last game I will attend while this clueless,negtive manager takes us back to the dark ages with his brand of football. If im honest I was disappointed when we won the 3 in a row because he must of been very close to losing his job before this and gave himelf a reprieve with that run which was never gonna last.! please please sack this clown before its too late, and save the fans from this utter ****! giggs08
  • Score: -2

8:50pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Yorkie41 says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
johnno65 wrote:
Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power.
Bit like Saturdays game!
The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now?
The simple answer is City are just not good enough as has been proved so many times at home this season.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnno65[/bold] wrote: Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power. Bit like Saturdays game![/p][/quote]The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now?[/p][/quote]The simple answer is City are just not good enough as has been proved so many times at home this season. Yorkie41
  • Score: 9

10:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Tug job says...

I see Chris Smith has left "by mutual consent".
I see Chris Smith has left "by mutual consent". Tug job
  • Score: 3

10:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Pop Stand says...

Just when we all thought that the back line was bedding in nicely NW mystifies us all by reshuffling the pack against the would-be League 2 leaders. Whilst I didn’t expect to take all three points tonight against a quality side, I feel that we all deserve an explanation behind the team selection and tactics. To play our first choice right back out of position and replace him later on simply beggars belief!
Just when we all thought that the back line was bedding in nicely NW mystifies us all by reshuffling the pack against the would-be League 2 leaders. Whilst I didn’t expect to take all three points tonight against a quality side, I feel that we all deserve an explanation behind the team selection and tactics. To play our first choice right back out of position and replace him later on simply beggars belief! Pop Stand
  • Score: 7

10:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

dadster says...

Didn't expect to get anything tonight to be honest and we were comprehensively outplayed by a far better team who were quicker all over the pitch and we were chasing shadows particularly in the first half.

My main issue was that we simply didn't make Chesterfield have to work for their victory. Aside from the McGurk error which obviously didn't help it was all too easy as we didn't get near them.

Felt a bit sorry for Reed as the lack of games he's had this season clearly showed and we missed Montrose IMO as a holding midfielder.

I really wish NW would stop using Banjo as a right sided midfielder. He's a full back, end of story, and that's where he should remain.

We will have to show a big improvement to get anything at Fleetwood on sat and anything will be a bonus. The games that will define our season are those against teams in the bottom half of the table.
Didn't expect to get anything tonight to be honest and we were comprehensively outplayed by a far better team who were quicker all over the pitch and we were chasing shadows particularly in the first half. My main issue was that we simply didn't make Chesterfield have to work for their victory. Aside from the McGurk error which obviously didn't help it was all too easy as we didn't get near them. Felt a bit sorry for Reed as the lack of games he's had this season clearly showed and we missed Montrose IMO as a holding midfielder. I really wish NW would stop using Banjo as a right sided midfielder. He's a full back, end of story, and that's where he should remain. We will have to show a big improvement to get anything at Fleetwood on sat and anything will be a bonus. The games that will define our season are those against teams in the bottom half of the table. dadster
  • Score: 6

10:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Tug job says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
johnno65 wrote:
Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power.
Bit like Saturdays game!
The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now?
The simple answer is City are just not good enough as has been proved so many times at home this season.
No, the simple answer is we are better than some teams but not as good as others. It takes time to rebuild a squad of players. So, let's see how the new additions blend in with the rest of the current squad.

That said, from what I have heard, including texts from both City and Chesterfield fans who were at the game, we could have played all week and not scored!
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnno65[/bold] wrote: Sounds like were going for a draw before a ball is kicked, could be a long night seeing how long we can keep a clean sheet before the crowd get restless and start blaming the players for lack of imagination, commitment and fire power. Bit like Saturdays game![/p][/quote]The goalless draw plan lasted 2 minutes. What now?[/p][/quote]The simple answer is City are just not good enough as has been proved so many times at home this season.[/p][/quote]No, the simple answer is we are better than some teams but not as good as others. It takes time to rebuild a squad of players. So, let's see how the new additions blend in with the rest of the current squad. That said, from what I have heard, including texts from both City and Chesterfield fans who were at the game, we could have played all week and not scored! Tug job
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sixtyfourfive says...

Tonight reminded me of dark days in seasons past with such performers as Kevin Hulme and Mark Sertori ie lumbering slow coaches playing hoofball.It also re-enforced my oft stated view that Worthington ended up here because no other club wanted him - his methods and tactics are from another age. Chesterfield were a good side but we made them look like. Barcelona (you were right Old Head!). Why tinker with the back four which had been looking solid? Since winning 3 on the bounce he firstly unfairly and wrongly in my view dropped Ingham and we have not won since - also effect on team morale? Pope is not progress. Lowe is no full back and early days I know but perhaps the Cheltenham and Mansfield forums were right about Penn and MCcombe - one past his sell by and other too slow. We have them both on 21/2 year contracts. Read was poor and worryingly Carson who I really rated gets worse by the game.Why was Coulson dropped and Mcgurk subbed (beginning of end to ease MCcombe in?) Banjo also subbed, Smith leaves - is Worthington trying to flush out the last of the old/Mills brigade? Worried for rest of season.
Tonight reminded me of dark days in seasons past with such performers as Kevin Hulme and Mark Sertori ie lumbering slow coaches playing hoofball.It also re-enforced my oft stated view that Worthington ended up here because no other club wanted him - his methods and tactics are from another age. Chesterfield were a good side but we made them look like. Barcelona (you were right Old Head!). Why tinker with the back four which had been looking solid? Since winning 3 on the bounce he firstly unfairly and wrongly in my view dropped Ingham and we have not won since - also effect on team morale? Pope is not progress. Lowe is no full back and early days I know but perhaps the Cheltenham and Mansfield forums were right about Penn and MCcombe - one past his sell by and other too slow. We have them both on 21/2 year contracts. Read was poor and worryingly Carson who I really rated gets worse by the game.Why was Coulson dropped and Mcgurk subbed (beginning of end to ease MCcombe in?) Banjo also subbed, Smith leaves - is Worthington trying to flush out the last of the old/Mills brigade? Worried for rest of season. sixtyfourfive
  • Score: 2

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