York City's Michael Coulson eager to reclaim first-team slot

Michael Coulson

Michael Coulson

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WINGER Michael Coulson is desperate to fight his way back into York City’s first-choice line-up.

Coulson started City’s first five games of 2014 but lost his place following the 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool.

Having been left out of the starting XI for last week’s 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield and the 2-1 win over Fleetwood, the former Scarborough wideman came off the bench to play a key role in Wes Fletcher’s winning goal at Highbury.

Coulson admitted hating life as a substitute, saying: “It was a tough week not being involved from the start in two games and I didn’t take it too well to be fair.

“It was very frustrating – I won’t lie. Luckily, I have just got my head down.

“I hate being sat on the bench and wanted to get on at Fleetwood so it was nice to make another little impact. I was disappointed to get dropped but the only way I can get back in the team is to prove a point again and that’s what I am trying to do.”

On his chances of earning a recall for this weekend’s home clash with Cheltenham, Coulson, pictured, reasoned: “That’s up to the manager. All the lads played well at Fleetwood. I can’t take anything away from any of them, so I have just got to keep doing what I am, keep plodding on and see where that takes me.”

Having won at Fleetwood, Coulson also reckons 13th-placed City can now target a top-half position in the Sky Bet League Two standings with confidence, especially as they will not be encountering impressive table-toppers Chesterfield again this term.

“Cheltenham will be another tough game, as most are week in, week out,” Coulson said of Saturday’s visitors to Bootham Crescent. “But Chesterfield were an exceptional side and I don’t think we will see that kind of performance again all season.

“Most of the other teams are hard-working but we are more than a match for all of them. Fleetwood were third and there was nothing between the two sides.

“That’s the frustrating thing for us and the fans because we know we should be higher. We don’t want to be hanging around 13th to the bottom of the table.

“We want to be looking at 13th upwards. We have a squad capable of doing that, so we need to make sure we play consistently well week in, week out and not let ourselves down again so we can climb that table.”

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12:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Head of Bomber Command says...

The lad is a bl**dy good Footballer with a cracking shot on him. Anywhere near on form and he is in my team as I love watching him when he is on his game.
He will only improve over time. I hope you get picked for Saturday Michael.
The lad is a bl**dy good Footballer with a cracking shot on him. Anywhere near on form and he is in my team as I love watching him when he is on his game. He will only improve over time. I hope you get picked for Saturday Michael. Head of Bomber Command
  • Score: 19

12:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Yorkieroy60 says...

Get the ball to his feet and he will do the business but when it's flying over his head at 100 mph all the time what chance has he got!
Get the ball to his feet and he will do the business but when it's flying over his head at 100 mph all the time what chance has he got! Yorkieroy60
  • Score: 12

12:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jono1966 says...

Pleased that Michael is getting back to his best following his bad injury. He gives us something extra when at the top of his game. I have always rated him. Sure he will get some game time on Saturday. COYR
Pleased that Michael is getting back to his best following his bad injury. He gives us something extra when at the top of his game. I have always rated him. Sure he will get some game time on Saturday. COYR Jono1966
  • Score: 9

1:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dadster says...

I've always rated him but thought his days were numbered after he was frozen out earlier in the season. I would have him in my team every week if fit as I think he's a quality player who has the ability to create chances and score on a regular basis. What he lacks in pace he makes up for in guile and technical ability.

Personally I would give Carson a rest on Saturday and play Coulson. I like Carson but I thinks he's been a bit below par for him in recent games so a break may do him good.
I've always rated him but thought his days were numbered after he was frozen out earlier in the season. I would have him in my team every week if fit as I think he's a quality player who has the ability to create chances and score on a regular basis. What he lacks in pace he makes up for in guile and technical ability. Personally I would give Carson a rest on Saturday and play Coulson. I like Carson but I thinks he's been a bit below par for him in recent games so a break may do him good. dadster
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Budgie says...

Agree Coulson for Cason this w/e
Agree Coulson for Cason this w/e Budgie
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Tamworth 2 return says...

Interesting debate, Coulson or Carson, Carson or Coulson.

I wonder how they both look in training, perhaps we could get BB's insider knowledge from the training ground

Come on Bill (aka, Colin Pratt) , join in then we can be sure of a real mass debate
Interesting debate, Coulson or Carson, Carson or Coulson. I wonder how they both look in training, perhaps we could get BB's insider knowledge from the training ground Come on Bill (aka, Colin Pratt) , join in then we can be sure of a real mass debate Tamworth 2 return
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Tamworth 2 return says...

On a more serious note.....
I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri.

We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure.
Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ?
We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order
On a more serious note..... I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri. We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure. Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ? We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order Tamworth 2 return
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

yorkiemike says...

I think MC was unlucky to be dropped after Hartlepool,there were several others below par on that day.
I still don`t understand the loan signing of Hayhurst as has already been mentioned we have Sander Puri who has not been given a chance now he`s fit.
For me Coulson would be one of the first I would pick and any player can have one bad game.On that basis should NW bring Ingham back in on Saturday as Pope spilled one which led to Fleetwood`s goal!
I think MC was unlucky to be dropped after Hartlepool,there were several others below par on that day. I still don`t understand the loan signing of Hayhurst as has already been mentioned we have Sander Puri who has not been given a chance now he`s fit. For me Coulson would be one of the first I would pick and any player can have one bad game.On that basis should NW bring Ingham back in on Saturday as Pope spilled one which led to Fleetwood`s goal! yorkiemike
  • Score: 1

5:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dadster says...

Tamworth 2 return wrote:
On a more serious note.....
I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri.

We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure.
Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ?
We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order
Difficult to assess whether Puri should be given a run of games as he's hardly played. I must admit on the rare occasions I have seen him he looked useful but nothing spectacular.

I can only assume NW doesn't feel he's showing enough in training to warrant a place in the team. Unfortunately the lack of quality, regular reserve action means the likes of Puri and McDonald are unlikely to get much action which makes it impossible for us fans to see if they can perform or not. I think the fact NW brought the lad on loan from Preston recently suggests he doesn't have much confidence in Puri.
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth 2 return[/bold] wrote: On a more serious note..... I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri. We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure. Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ? We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order[/p][/quote]Difficult to assess whether Puri should be given a run of games as he's hardly played. I must admit on the rare occasions I have seen him he looked useful but nothing spectacular. I can only assume NW doesn't feel he's showing enough in training to warrant a place in the team. Unfortunately the lack of quality, regular reserve action means the likes of Puri and McDonald are unlikely to get much action which makes it impossible for us fans to see if they can perform or not. I think the fact NW brought the lad on loan from Preston recently suggests he doesn't have much confidence in Puri. dadster
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Tamworth 2 return wrote:
On a more serious note.....
I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri.

We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure.
Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ?
We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order
Massive disappointmen whenever i see him warming up he just does not look interested maybe im wrong and hes quiet and reserved who knows?
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth 2 return[/bold] wrote: On a more serious note..... I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri. We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure. Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ? We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order[/p][/quote]Massive disappointmen whenever i see him warming up he just does not look interested maybe im wrong and hes quiet and reserved who knows? T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

8:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Tamworth 2 return wrote:
On a more serious note..... I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri. We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure. Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ? We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order
I dont think that any of us have really seen very much of Sander Puri. We certainly have not seen anything to explain why Nigel Worthington enthused over his signing. He may well be a decent player who currently plays International Football, but his few appearances at York City have done very little for his CV. The mere fact that the Manager has chosen to bring in loan wingers, suggests that Puri has not done enough to warrant a place in the team. For my money Michael Coulson has the advantage over Sander Puri every time.
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth 2 return[/bold] wrote: On a more serious note..... I would be really interested to hear other peoples opinion on Sander Puri. We have a full international signed on a 2 year contract but he doesn't seem to figure. Appreciate he had a niggling hamstring problem and an international call up to deal with but does he not deserve the chance to show what he can do ? We heard that NW had been really impressed by him during previous international games but it would seem he is well down the pecking order[/p][/quote]I dont think that any of us have really seen very much of Sander Puri. We certainly have not seen anything to explain why Nigel Worthington enthused over his signing. He may well be a decent player who currently plays International Football, but his few appearances at York City have done very little for his CV. The mere fact that the Manager has chosen to bring in loan wingers, suggests that Puri has not done enough to warrant a place in the team. For my money Michael Coulson has the advantage over Sander Puri every time. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 4

2:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

born&breed says...

Sander Puri is injured - or returning from injury - needs time to regain 100% fitness or he will end up on the treatment table again, I'm sure he will get his chance before the end of the season
Sander Puri is injured - or returning from injury - needs time to regain 100% fitness or he will end up on the treatment table again, I'm sure he will get his chance before the end of the season born&breed
  • Score: -4

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