Match report: Plymouth Argyle 0, York City 4 - Sky Bet League Two

York City's John McCombe stabs in his second goal during the 4-0 victory against Plymouth at Home Park

York City's John McCombe stabs in his second goal during the 4-0 victory against Plymouth at Home Park

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WITH no trains running to Plymouth because of track damage, the city’s football team also saw their hopes of closing in on a play-off position derailed by a ruthless York City performance.

Towering centre-back John McCombe bagged a brace in between Wes Fletcher’s penalty and an injury-time Josh Carson howitzer to earn the Minstermen a thumping 4-0 victory.

The Pilgrims could perhaps point to Neal Trotman’s 11th-minute red card as extenuating circumstances for their heaviest home thrashing in the League since 1994. But such an excuse would be detracting from the visitors’ display.

Few teams, after all, make their numerical advantage count as emphatically as Nigel Worthington’s men managed on Saturday.

The 660-mile round slog to Home Park has rarely been a rewarding one for City supporters in recent times, with their team having tasted defeat on the last four trips and failed to score in almost eight hours there prior to the latest pilgrimage.

But, having paid short shrift to severe weather warnings, the Minstermen’s travelling army of 126 fans left Devon with a sense of pride as strong as the gale-force winds that have been battering the south-west coast for the last few weeks.

Even before Trotman’s dismissal, City had forced the early pace with Fletcher seeing an ambitious 25-yard attempt sail wide on six minutes.

Shortly afterwards, Fletcher was involved in the clever move that sent Bowman clear through on home ’keeper Jake Cole’s goal with a clever reverse pass.

The ex-Hereford forward looked like he might have taken one touch too many when he opted to round Cole, but he was then upended by a clumsy challenge from Trotman when the goal was at his mercy, leaving referee Charles Breakspear with little option but to give the former Chesterfield centre-back his marching orders.

Fletcher, as reliable a penalty taker as the Minstermen have possessed since Richard Brodie, made no mistake from the spot, finding Cole’s bottom left-hand corner as the Pilgrims ’keeper dived in the opposite direction.

 

 

The ten men did initially respond with some character and, only an excellently-timed recovery tackle from McCombe, who had already been shown a yellow card, prevented Plymouth top scorer Reuben Reid from firing at Nick Pope’s goal after he broke through on 23 minutes.

Captain Conor Hourihane also went close from the edge of the box after a McCombe clearance and, in a similar position, Jason Banton called Pope into a low save down to his right.

City continued, however, to pass the ball with patience and care and, after Fletcher had headed over from a Ben Davies cross, an impressive passage of play led to a second away goal in first-half stoppage time.

Having made inroads down the left flank, the ball was retrieved by Will Hayhurst after Carson had sent in a centre that travelled across the face of the home goal.

Hayhurst then swung in a cross to the far post that Bowman always looked favourite to meet in the air and he expertly found McCombe, who used his head to calmly find Cole’s bottom left-hand corner.

After the break, Hourihane forced Pope into an early save at his near post after bursting through the left channel but, other than the occasional positive raid by substitute full-back Nathan Thomas, the hosts failed to up the tempo and compensate for being a man light.

Very few players were committed forward in an attempt to salvage something from the contest and the Minstermen showed little remorse either for the Pilgrims’ plight.

On 51 minutes, Bowman should have done better from six yards than a weak shot that failed to trouble Cole after good work by Carson and Hayhurst.

The latter was then denied his first City goal by a brilliant reflex stop by Cole after good work from Fletcher, pulling the ball back after reaching the byline.

McCombe also headed over from a corner by Adam Reed before Hayhurst wasted a terrific two-against-one opportunity with Carson when he carelessly strayed offside.

A limping Fletcher had made way, by then, for Coulson who, after forcing another decent save from Cole, did what he does best – claimed a couple of assists for City’s last two goals.

First, the former Barnsley and Scarborough winger displayed nimble footwork to tiptoe his way past Plymouth defenders into the six-yard box, draw Cole out of his goal and then square the ball for McCombe to tap into an unguarded net on 88 minutes.

Then, in added-on time, he led a swift counter-attack before feeding an overlapping Carson, who crashed a fierce 25-yard effort into a stunned Cole’s top left-hand corner.

It was the perfect finale to an afternoon that would see City climb into the top half of the Sky Bet League Two table for the first time since the opening day of the season.

The winning margin was also the visitors’ biggest in the Football League since a 5-0 thrashing of Blackpool back in April 1994.


Match facts

Plymouth 0, York City 4 (Fletcher pen 12; McCombe 45, 89; Carson 90)

York City

Nick Pope 8
Came a long way off his line to claim crosses into his box and also punched away effectively when required.

Lanre Oyebanjo 8
Tidied up when needed and stayed disciplined defensively to allow the team’s wingers to bomb forward.

Keith Lowe 8
Competed throughout and never caught out of position during a typically uncompromising display.

John McCombe 9
STAR MAN – denied Reid a possible equaliser and then put the outcome beyond doubt with two predatory goals.

Ben Davies 8
Passed the ball with confidence and composure and had the confidence to join in attacking moves.

Josh Carson 8
Kept his energy levels high and ended his recent goal drought in the kind of spectacular fashion that’s his trademark.

Russell Penn 8
Sat in front of the back four, breaking up play and cajoling his team-mates to maintain their standards.

Adam Reed 8
Provided real quality from his set-piece deliveries and also displayed a fine range of passing on a good playing surface.

Will Hayhurst 8
Proved a tricky customer for the home side on either flank and unlucky not to open his City account due to Cole’s fine save.

Ryan Bowman 8
A little unsure in front of goal but still putting in plenty of selfless work, epitomised by his headed assist for McCombe.

Wes Fletcher 8
Looked in the mood to trouble Plymouth from the off and unsettled the home back four with his enthusiastic running.

Subs: Michael Coulson 8 – clever (for Fletcher, 67), Lewis Montrose (for Penn, 79), Chris Dickinson (for Bowman, 90). Not used: McGurk, Platt, Ingham, Puri.

Plymouth Argyle 
Jake Cole, Max Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson, Ben Purrington, Jason Banton (Nathan Thomas, 54), Dominic Blizzard, Conor Hourihane, Lewis Alessandra, Reuben Reid, Rommy Boco (Durrell Berry, 54). Subs not used: Marvin Morgan, Luke Young, Tyler Harvey, Andres Gurrieri, Cameron Dawson.

Star man: Thomas – showed determination when others lacked belief.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Weybridge).

Rating: 7/10 – got the penalty and red card right, but a little erratic thereafter.

Booked: McCombe 20, Penn 22, Lowe 65, Reid 80, Thomas 90, Carson 90.

Sent off: Trotman 11.

Attendance: 6,502 (126 from City).

Shots on target: Plymouth 5, City 8.

Shots off target: Plymouth 1, City 4.

Corners: Plymouth 2, City 11.

Fouls conceded: Plymouth 12, City 19.

Offsides: Plymouth 2, City 1.

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5:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Great result, big well done lads!
Great result, big well done lads! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 23

5:05pm Sat 15 Feb 14

kirkbride1979 says...

It has taken a year for Nigel Worthington to find his feet in this league and build a team and look at use now !!!!! A great result against a good team away from home we'll done lads
It has taken a year for Nigel Worthington to find his feet in this league and build a team and look at use now !!!!! A great result against a good team away from home we'll done lads kirkbride1979
  • Score: 3

5:10pm Sat 15 Feb 14

pip007 says...

What an astonishing result! Well done to Nigel and the lads. I listened to most of the match on the Radio Devon broadcast and their commentators were well impressed by York City.
What an astonishing result! Well done to Nigel and the lads. I listened to most of the match on the Radio Devon broadcast and their commentators were well impressed by York City. pip007
  • Score: 18

5:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

dadster says...

Great result and with another clean sheet and other results going our way its been a good day all round. Hope people don't get carried away as this result doesn't mean we are great just as the Chesterfield result didn't mean we are rubbish.

The main thing is we are continuing to develop and hopefully we can really consolidate our position over the next few weeks to the point where we are no longer looking over our shoulders. However we're not there yet.

Well done to all concerned especially those that made the long trip to support the team.

Let's hope we can now start scoring goals at home.
Great result and with another clean sheet and other results going our way its been a good day all round. Hope people don't get carried away as this result doesn't mean we are great just as the Chesterfield result didn't mean we are rubbish. The main thing is we are continuing to develop and hopefully we can really consolidate our position over the next few weeks to the point where we are no longer looking over our shoulders. However we're not there yet. Well done to all concerned especially those that made the long trip to support the team. Let's hope we can now start scoring goals at home. dadster
  • Score: 28

5:23pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bh12man says...

football eh, bloody hell!

I've just had a text from fellow poster 23rdApril1966 who has just emerged bouyant from Home Park after the 4-0 thumping of the Pilgrims.
He wants everyone to know that his lucky jumper is 100% intact away from home - I told him no-one would be bothered but he did insist!

He's staying over with a Plymouth-supporting friend tonight and going out for a meal but has already had a four-course feast this afternoon. His match report is to follow..............
..........interestin
g to see what he says about Josh Carson's rasping fourth goal :-)

Onwards and upwards - well done to everyone who made the long trip, and to the players and staff for such a superb result. .
football eh, bloody hell! I've just had a text from fellow poster 23rdApril1966 who has just emerged bouyant from Home Park after the 4-0 thumping of the Pilgrims. He wants everyone to know that his lucky jumper is 100% intact away from home - I told him no-one would be bothered but he did insist! He's staying over with a Plymouth-supporting friend tonight and going out for a meal but has already had a four-course feast this afternoon. His match report is to follow.............. ..........interestin g to see what he says about Josh Carson's rasping fourth goal :-) Onwards and upwards - well done to everyone who made the long trip, and to the players and staff for such a superb result. . bh12man
  • Score: 9

5:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

duffy says...

Well and truly turning that corner now, a core of the team on long contracts with plenty of leaders in the team. Goals conceaded have halved with McCombe and Lowe and we now have a far stronger central midfield with Reed and Penn.
Happy days.
Well and truly turning that corner now, a core of the team on long contracts with plenty of leaders in the team. Goals conceaded have halved with McCombe and Lowe and we now have a far stronger central midfield with Reed and Penn. Happy days. duffy
  • Score: 17

5:46pm Sat 15 Feb 14

SelseyBill says...

The defence are doing a good job. And now we got some goals. If we can keep it going we might even have a good season. Well done the team.
The defence are doing a good job. And now we got some goals. If we can keep it going we might even have a good season. Well done the team. SelseyBill
  • Score: 1

6:10pm Sat 15 Feb 14

new_fr says...

Good result today, if only we could play away every week, we’d probably be higher up the league.
Check out the yorkcitysouth web site www.yorkcitysouth.co
.uk for all our latest news, including news of former players Graham Potter and Clarke Carlisle plus, for a limited time, the chance to download for free, the latest issue of new frontiers, the long running City fanzine which recalls the time City’s youth side ate Manchester United’s team supper, selects a team of ex City players still plying their trade in The Football League and much more.
Good result today, if only we could play away every week, we’d probably be higher up the league. Check out the yorkcitysouth web site www.yorkcitysouth.co .uk for all our latest news, including news of former players Graham Potter and Clarke Carlisle plus, for a limited time, the chance to download for free, the latest issue of new frontiers, the long running City fanzine which recalls the time City’s youth side ate Manchester United’s team supper, selects a team of ex City players still plying their trade in The Football League and much more. new_fr
  • Score: -4

6:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

Great result today!

We're more than a match for any team in this league now and dare I say a few in League 1! That couldn't be said this time last year!

COYR
Great result today! We're more than a match for any team in this league now and dare I say a few in League 1! That couldn't be said this time last year! COYR ADAMCUTHBERT
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Opinions on NW aside, I have to give the man credit for this one - not 2 days after publicly calling on defenders and midfielders to contribute more goals, a centre-back and midfielder score 3 in one game. A great result for City, and further proof of Coulson's skill - on the pitch for about 20 minutes, and chalked up 2 assists (according to the BBC website).
Opinions on NW aside, I have to give the man credit for this one - not 2 days after publicly calling on defenders and midfielders to contribute more goals, a centre-back and midfielder score 3 in one game. A great result for City, and further proof of Coulson's skill - on the pitch for about 20 minutes, and chalked up 2 assists (according to the BBC website). YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 9

7:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

circuitous route dorset says...

My mate the Torquay fan is gonna hate this Monday. COYR
My mate the Torquay fan is gonna hate this Monday. COYR circuitous route dorset
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The un-expected wins are always the ones that are the most pleasing. On paper Plymouth away was never going to be an easy fixture. So a 4-0 win, plus a lot of teams below us getting beat, is just fantastic. I agree with the earlier poster about not getting carried away by this result, but it certainly makes your beer taste better.
The un-expected wins are always the ones that are the most pleasing. On paper Plymouth away was never going to be an easy fixture. So a 4-0 win, plus a lot of teams below us getting beat, is just fantastic. I agree with the earlier poster about not getting carried away by this result, but it certainly makes your beer taste better. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 17

7:27pm Sat 15 Feb 14

rockley214 says...

Come on.....lets let all the conservatism go........ WAY HAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing win, 10 men teams always tough. Everything right today. Congratulations to NW, Jason McGill and family and all those amazing fans who traveled down. We suddenly look like a team.....and I just think we go back to what Jason McGill said some months ago...little by little we are building a club to compete in Division 1. We are on that journey
Come on.....lets let all the conservatism go........ WAY HAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing win, 10 men teams always tough. Everything right today. Congratulations to NW, Jason McGill and family and all those amazing fans who traveled down. We suddenly look like a team.....and I just think we go back to what Jason McGill said some months ago...little by little we are building a club to compete in Division 1. We are on that journey rockley214
  • Score: 10

7:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

RooBeck says...

Really proud of the team today and also very well done to NW and staff, the travelling City fans and Barry Parker, for a decent commentary even though the phone- line went down a few times and he got a bit carried away with the circling seagulls!! Two challenging home games now, followed by two similarly challenging away games but we can enter these with confidence and heightened expectations that we can take at least seven points from the twelve?! COYR.
Really proud of the team today and also very well done to NW and staff, the travelling City fans and Barry Parker, for a decent commentary even though the phone- line went down a few times and he got a bit carried away with the circling seagulls!! Two challenging home games now, followed by two similarly challenging away games but we can enter these with confidence and heightened expectations that we can take at least seven points from the twelve?! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Fergie says...

Amazing win today. Last two away performances 2-1 at Fleetwood, 4-0 at Plymouth not too bad hey. Great day to be a York fan. McCombe and Lowe have been terrific signings and key to the turnaround at the club. 17 points from the last 9 games is play-off form long may it continue.
Amazing win today. Last two away performances 2-1 at Fleetwood, 4-0 at Plymouth not too bad hey. Great day to be a York fan. McCombe and Lowe have been terrific signings and key to the turnaround at the club. 17 points from the last 9 games is play-off form long may it continue. Fergie
  • Score: 5

7:46pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

What can we say, we ate was on the plate , we feel full and content, nobody can knock this result , Forget we played against 10 men for 80 minutes that's football , all the team protected what they had and didn't do anything silly the referee would have tried to even things up if he could but there are some good pros in defence they didn't fall into a trap.at the end of the season it will still be 0-4 that's all that counts. I think with the average points per game we could finish up with 57points that should leave us about 9th.Have a good night chaps.
What can we say, we ate was on the plate , we feel full and content, nobody can knock this result , Forget we played against 10 men for 80 minutes that's football , all the team protected what they had and didn't do anything silly the referee would have tried to even things up if he could but there are some good pros in defence they didn't fall into a trap.at the end of the season it will still be 0-4 that's all that counts. I think with the average points per game we could finish up with 57points that should leave us about 9th.Have a good night chaps. bill bailey
  • Score: -11

8:03pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Realistic ycfc says...

It's good to see people not getting carried away, NW out anyone? Bring back gary mills? We need a striker that can score? the clubs doomed under the mcgills, perhaps we could just blame the referee, if we lose against Southend on Saturday and it's all doom and gloom, most fickle fans in the country
It's good to see people not getting carried away, NW out anyone? Bring back gary mills? We need a striker that can score? the clubs doomed under the mcgills, perhaps we could just blame the referee, if we lose against Southend on Saturday and it's all doom and gloom, most fickle fans in the country Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -28

8:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Realistic ycfc says...

On another note is Lendal Bridge closed to traffic on a weekday? Thought I saw a sign?
On another note is Lendal Bridge closed to traffic on a weekday? Thought I saw a sign? Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -16

8:11pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
On another note is Lendal Bridge closed to traffic on a weekday? Thought I saw a sign?
NO. but I just heard EGGS are going up.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: On another note is Lendal Bridge closed to traffic on a weekday? Thought I saw a sign?[/p][/quote]NO. but I just heard EGGS are going up. bill bailey
  • Score: -5

8:19pm Sat 15 Feb 14

lifelong says...

And I walked out of Bootham Crescent some 3 weeks ago after Chesterfield made us look like selling platers saying that it would take a miracle for me to pay good money to watch City play again!!!!!! Who do they play at home next?
And I walked out of Bootham Crescent some 3 weeks ago after Chesterfield made us look like selling platers saying that it would take a miracle for me to pay good money to watch City play again!!!!!! Who do they play at home next? lifelong
  • Score: 12

8:24pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Yttrium says...

I am happy to be proven wrong, but I think that's our best away win in the Football League since 5-0 at Blackpool in April 1995 (and we won 5-0 there every season for a while!). Well done all!
I am happy to be proven wrong, but I think that's our best away win in the Football League since 5-0 at Blackpool in April 1995 (and we won 5-0 there every season for a while!). Well done all! Yttrium
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sat 15 Feb 14

joejamestom says...

At last a City squad prepared & capable of killing off opponents in a weakened state instead of letting them back into the game. Well done more of the same at home please winning & scoring goals is a difficult habit to get in to, important we kick on from this, looking forward to a positive game at home again well done to all.
At last a City squad prepared & capable of killing off opponents in a weakened state instead of letting them back into the game. Well done more of the same at home please winning & scoring goals is a difficult habit to get in to, important we kick on from this, looking forward to a positive game at home again well done to all. joejamestom
  • Score: 9

11:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

sixtyfourfive says...

Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.
Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win. sixtyfourfive
  • Score: 19

12:13am Sun 16 Feb 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Great win!
Great win! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 1

3:37am Sun 16 Feb 14

cambersdad says...

lifelong wrote:
And I walked out of Bootham Crescent some 3 weeks ago after Chesterfield made us look like selling platers saying that it would take a miracle for me to pay good money to watch City play again!!!!!! Who do they play at home next?
i think a lot of fans felt the same lifelong as i noticed the home crowd had dipped below 3000 last week, i haven't been for a month or so but thats because i'm working in dubai ( missed my long weekend away to plymouth this week ) but not knocking anybody here but from what i've seen this season, mainly at home we seem set up to not loose, can't comment on the last few games as have not watched them, but why ? NW has assembled a team that can defend well, play good passing football and score goals so why not let them get on the pitch (all of it not just one side ) play the the football they have proved they can play and entertain us then if they get beat going down in a fight then so be it, i and i know a lot of my mates never walk out of bootham moaning if the lads have played well and looked like they were there to win, we only get peed off when it's boring negative football that gets served up. still well done yesterday great result a pat on the back to every one involved including the traveling fans
[quote][p][bold]lifelong[/bold] wrote: And I walked out of Bootham Crescent some 3 weeks ago after Chesterfield made us look like selling platers saying that it would take a miracle for me to pay good money to watch City play again!!!!!! Who do they play at home next?[/p][/quote]i think a lot of fans felt the same lifelong as i noticed the home crowd had dipped below 3000 last week, i haven't been for a month or so but thats because i'm working in dubai ( missed my long weekend away to plymouth this week ) but not knocking anybody here but from what i've seen this season, mainly at home we seem set up to not loose, can't comment on the last few games as have not watched them, but why ? NW has assembled a team that can defend well, play good passing football and score goals so why not let them get on the pitch (all of it not just one side ) play the the football they have proved they can play and entertain us then if they get beat going down in a fight then so be it, i and i know a lot of my mates never walk out of bootham moaning if the lads have played well and looked like they were there to win, we only get peed off when it's boring negative football that gets served up. still well done yesterday great result a pat on the back to every one involved including the traveling fans cambersdad
  • Score: 3

7:51am Sun 16 Feb 14

York Fan says...

Watched the goals in the league Show all crackers but Carson's goal was totally class!! Left footed shot, the only place that was going was the back of the net. Unstoppable for any keeper IMO. Keep it up guys great 3 points today
Watched the goals in the league Show all crackers but Carson's goal was totally class!! Left footed shot, the only place that was going was the back of the net. Unstoppable for any keeper IMO. Keep it up guys great 3 points today York Fan
  • Score: 7

8:45am Sun 16 Feb 14

dadster says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.
Your last point regarding us closing Plymouth so well is the key. This is something we blatantly failed to do against Chesterfield and it was evident against Cheltenham that this was much better and we seemed to continue yesterday. Whilst i like Montrose having Reed in midfield provides more energy and Penn has certainly improved alongside Reed. The way NW wants his teams to play is in the oppositions half and therefore winning possession high up the pitch is important. Many on here were quick to criticise Penn but he's a good signing for us. He's not always easy on the eye but he's beginning to show the type of energy and drive we need in midfield.

People forget that both Penn and Reed hadn't played that much prior to coming to us so it was always likely to take time to get going especially when your playing in the engine room if midfield.
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.[/p][/quote]Your last point regarding us closing Plymouth so well is the key. This is something we blatantly failed to do against Chesterfield and it was evident against Cheltenham that this was much better and we seemed to continue yesterday. Whilst i like Montrose having Reed in midfield provides more energy and Penn has certainly improved alongside Reed. The way NW wants his teams to play is in the oppositions half and therefore winning possession high up the pitch is important. Many on here were quick to criticise Penn but he's a good signing for us. He's not always easy on the eye but he's beginning to show the type of energy and drive we need in midfield. People forget that both Penn and Reed hadn't played that much prior to coming to us so it was always likely to take time to get going especially when your playing in the engine room if midfield. dadster
  • Score: 18

10:21am Sun 16 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.
Great report mate
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.[/p][/quote]Great report mate T.R.M1974
  • Score: 5

10:39am Sun 16 Feb 14

Truropete says...

Deafened by the silence of the naysayers! Unable to get to match because West Cornwall isolated
Brilliant result. Getting there!
Deafened by the silence of the naysayers! Unable to get to match because West Cornwall isolated Brilliant result. Getting there! Truropete
  • Score: 0

10:48am Sun 16 Feb 14

duffy says...

Truropete wrote:
Deafened by the silence of the naysayers! Unable to get to match because West Cornwall isolated
Brilliant result. Getting there!
We''re not doing the whole " told you so" thing yet again are we ?
[quote][p][bold]Truropete[/bold] wrote: Deafened by the silence of the naysayers! Unable to get to match because West Cornwall isolated Brilliant result. Getting there![/p][/quote]We''re not doing the whole " told you so" thing yet again are we ? duffy
  • Score: 4

10:52am Sun 16 Feb 14

PositiveFootball says...

Another two assists by crafty Coulson. For a central defender, McCombe certainly knows where the goal is, and Josh Carson proving his worth with a brilliant goal. Phenomenal performance, the energy and momentum is there for the Southend game!
Another two assists by crafty Coulson. For a central defender, McCombe certainly knows where the goal is, and Josh Carson proving his worth with a brilliant goal. Phenomenal performance, the energy and momentum is there for the Southend game! PositiveFootball
  • Score: 4

12:23pm Sun 16 Feb 14

new_fr says...

Yttrium wrote:
I am happy to be proven wrong, but I think that's our best away win in the Football League since 5-0 at Blackpool in April 1995 (and we won 5-0 there every season for a while!). Well done all!
Check out the yorkcitysouth web site (www.yorkcitysouth.c
o.uk/TV.htm) for action from City’s 5-0 win at Blackpool in 1993 when Paul Barnes was at his very best, ably supported by Tony Canham, Jon McCarthy and Steve Cooper.
[quote][p][bold]Yttrium[/bold] wrote: I am happy to be proven wrong, but I think that's our best away win in the Football League since 5-0 at Blackpool in April 1995 (and we won 5-0 there every season for a while!). Well done all![/p][/quote]Check out the yorkcitysouth web site (www.yorkcitysouth.c o.uk/TV.htm) for action from City’s 5-0 win at Blackpool in 1993 when Paul Barnes was at his very best, ably supported by Tony Canham, Jon McCarthy and Steve Cooper. new_fr
  • Score: -7

4:05pm Sun 16 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

bh12man wrote:
football eh, bloody hell!

I've just had a text from fellow poster 23rdApril1966 who has just emerged bouyant from Home Park after the 4-0 thumping of the Pilgrims.
He wants everyone to know that his lucky jumper is 100% intact away from home - I told him no-one would be bothered but he did insist!

He's staying over with a Plymouth-supporting friend tonight and going out for a meal but has already had a four-course feast this afternoon. His match report is to follow..............

..........interestin

g to see what he says about Josh Carson's rasping fourth goal :-)

Onwards and upwards - well done to everyone who made the long trip, and to the players and staff for such a superb result. .
Should have known it was going to be a strange afternoon when the Plymouth pitch was being watered before the match! Who would have thought that?
Clearly the early sending off had a massive impact on the match but the old adage is that you can only play what's put in front of you. On that basis full praise to the team as they really used the man advantage to dissemble the Pilgrims.
With the home fans raging at the decision I was concerned that the ref would find a way to even things up and quick bookings for McCombe and Penn only heightened my concern. But City totally controlled the match and the second goal was perfectly timed to dismay the hosts still further.
One and only criticism from me would be the profligacy with the final ball in second half meaning that the 3rd and killer goal came so late - but hey that really is nitpicking.
Some of the play was very good with the ball played on the floor....there were several spells of precision passing - yes precision passing - and whilst we were clearly helped by the man advantage the way that we used the full width of the pitch was exceptional....quite a contrast to 11v9 against Luton a couple of years back.
Pope, McCombe and Lowe really have taken us up a notch. I now sit watching with confidence that when a ball is played into our box one of those 3 will be on the end of it. Many have said for a long time that we needed a couple of strong centre backs and a keeper prepared to command his box....in these 3 you have your wishes.
My workmate is an Argyle fan and whilst he swears blind it was never a penalty - we watched it through 6 times on tv this morning and still I can't decide - he did say what an improvement on last December's showing and commented that he saw no evidence of the hoof ball that I had cautioned about. Very enjoyable night out in Plymouth last night with our respective wives though not sure he agreed. The meal we enjoyed had one less course than goals we had seen.....
Re BH12Man - Carson scored a belter as TV will have shown but was guilty with others of profligate final ball on occasions. And the lucky away jumper, having seen off the Cobblers, Codheads and Pilgrims, is a certainty for the Wombles trip!
[quote][p][bold]bh12man[/bold] wrote: football eh, bloody hell! I've just had a text from fellow poster 23rdApril1966 who has just emerged bouyant from Home Park after the 4-0 thumping of the Pilgrims. He wants everyone to know that his lucky jumper is 100% intact away from home - I told him no-one would be bothered but he did insist! He's staying over with a Plymouth-supporting friend tonight and going out for a meal but has already had a four-course feast this afternoon. His match report is to follow.............. ..........interestin g to see what he says about Josh Carson's rasping fourth goal :-) Onwards and upwards - well done to everyone who made the long trip, and to the players and staff for such a superb result. .[/p][/quote]Should have known it was going to be a strange afternoon when the Plymouth pitch was being watered before the match! Who would have thought that? Clearly the early sending off had a massive impact on the match but the old adage is that you can only play what's put in front of you. On that basis full praise to the team as they really used the man advantage to dissemble the Pilgrims. With the home fans raging at the decision I was concerned that the ref would find a way to even things up and quick bookings for McCombe and Penn only heightened my concern. But City totally controlled the match and the second goal was perfectly timed to dismay the hosts still further. One and only criticism from me would be the profligacy with the final ball in second half meaning that the 3rd and killer goal came so late - but hey that really is nitpicking. Some of the play was very good with the ball played on the floor....there were several spells of precision passing - yes precision passing - and whilst we were clearly helped by the man advantage the way that we used the full width of the pitch was exceptional....quite a contrast to 11v9 against Luton a couple of years back. Pope, McCombe and Lowe really have taken us up a notch. I now sit watching with confidence that when a ball is played into our box one of those 3 will be on the end of it. Many have said for a long time that we needed a couple of strong centre backs and a keeper prepared to command his box....in these 3 you have your wishes. My workmate is an Argyle fan and whilst he swears blind it was never a penalty - we watched it through 6 times on tv this morning and still I can't decide - he did say what an improvement on last December's showing and commented that he saw no evidence of the hoof ball that I had cautioned about. Very enjoyable night out in Plymouth last night with our respective wives though not sure he agreed. The meal we enjoyed had one less course than goals we had seen..... Re BH12Man - Carson scored a belter as TV will have shown but was guilty with others of profligate final ball on occasions. And the lucky away jumper, having seen off the Cobblers, Codheads and Pilgrims, is a certainty for the Wombles trip! 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Sun 16 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.
A good report SFF, you and the rest that made the long journey are a credit to the club, well done to you all I do believe this result is the start of our push, NO CLUB in the league will now think we are a mid table team who are a push over.
[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: Arrived in Plymouth Friday and what with weather on way down and gale last night was just pleased to actually see a game start on what turned into a bright Spring like day. Worthington has taken some time to win me over due mainly to his over reliance on the long ball but make no mistake this was a classy assured performance from first minute to last and the result was never in doubt. All credit to Plymouth's groundsman for a superb playing surface and City took full advantage by playing some excellent passing football. Being with friends we were sat amongst the Plymouth supporters and to their credit several were very complementary about what City served up. It could so very easily have been 6 or 7 and that is no exagerration. Being up against 10 is never easy but the way we closed down so well when Plymouth were in possession was I believe a big factor in today's excellent win.[/p][/quote]A good report SFF, you and the rest that made the long journey are a credit to the club, well done to you all I do believe this result is the start of our push, NO CLUB in the league will now think we are a mid table team who are a push over. bill bailey
  • Score: 9

4:26pm Sun 16 Feb 14

DavidBu says...

We have one fan over therein Dubai it seems and I'm in Varanasi by the Ganges, having just taken the dip at the Mela in Allahabad on Friday.
If you think that we are name-dropping, how about this: We're York City fans and proud of it , wherever we are! Great display City. There was no way that the great 4-0 home win against Scunthorpe before Xmas was going to be a fluke.
We have one fan over therein Dubai it seems and I'm in Varanasi by the Ganges, having just taken the dip at the Mela in Allahabad on Friday. If you think that we are name-dropping, how about this: We're York City fans and proud of it , wherever we are! Great display City. There was no way that the great 4-0 home win against Scunthorpe before Xmas was going to be a fluke. DavidBu
  • Score: 17

7:04pm Sun 16 Feb 14

uhtred says...

tackle from behind is a foul, therefore irrelevant whether he got the ball before the man surely, definite pen and sending off.
tackle from behind is a foul, therefore irrelevant whether he got the ball before the man surely, definite pen and sending off. uhtred
  • Score: 3

11:45am Mon 17 Feb 14

born&breed says...

Great weekend down in Plymouth - to all my fellow City fans who made the trip down - great support of the team, at one point you out chanted the large home crowd. Congratulations also to Plymouth for getting the game on - I understand the playing surface (must be the best in the league) cost £640K to lay - the club then went bust and payed only £40K - not good business for the company who laid it, excellent for Plymouth Argyle.
First class performance from the team - only Banjo remains from our promotion season in the starting line up - McGurk, Ingham on the bench. We are now seeing Nigel Worthington side - two home game and six points would show just how far we have come.
Great weekend down in Plymouth - to all my fellow City fans who made the trip down - great support of the team, at one point you out chanted the large home crowd. Congratulations also to Plymouth for getting the game on - I understand the playing surface (must be the best in the league) cost £640K to lay - the club then went bust and payed only £40K - not good business for the company who laid it, excellent for Plymouth Argyle. First class performance from the team - only Banjo remains from our promotion season in the starting line up - McGurk, Ingham on the bench. We are now seeing Nigel Worthington side - two home game and six points would show just how far we have come. born&breed
  • Score: 7

12:52pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Justin7 says...

Really are starting to build a great team!
Really are starting to build a great team! Justin7
  • Score: 2

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