Match report: York City 0, Southend United 0 - Sky Bet League Two

York City striker Michael Coulson bursts clear on goal, but is eventually swamped by the Southend defence

Michael Coulson surges into the box, but the attack comes to nothing

A Southend defender tracks Michael Coulson's run

A shot on the turn from York City winger Will Hayhurst is well saved by Southend ’keeper Daniel Bentley during Saturday’s 0-0 draw in Sky Bet League Two

Minstermen centre-back John McCombe causes problems in the opposing penalty box

A ball from York City’s Josh Carson shoots across the face of Southend ’keeper Daniel Bentley’s goal in Saturday’s 0-0 Sky Bet League Two draw at Bootham Crescent

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NIGEL Worthington’s York City side equalled an inauspicious club record against Southend United after failing to score for a fourth successive home game.

This term’s team joined four others in the Bootham Crescent history books with Gary Mills’ promoted Conference play-off winners the most recent to suffer a similar six-hour sequence last season.

Martin Foyle, Neil Thompson and Tom Johnston also strung together a quartet of consecutive goal-shy performances in North Yorkshire in 2009, 1999 and 1972 respectively.

Saturday’s result, meanwhile, represented the sixth 0-0 stalemate on their own soil this campaign for Worthington’s players and fifth in the last eight encounters at home.

In total, the Minstermen have now only scored in eight of their 19 fixtures at Bootham Crescent with 11 of their 15 home goals in Sky Bet League Two during 2013/14 having been scored in just three matches against Portsmouth, Scunthorpe and Dagenham.

A glance at Saturday’s team sheet did not bode too well for an upturn in striking fortunes ahead of kick off.

The starting XI had only managed three goals all season in home games with Ryan Bowman (two) and Josh Carson (one) the marksmen.

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Without Wes Fletcher, a contributor of seven goals in front of his own fans throughout the campaign, City carried a minimal attacking threat during the 90 minutes, only mustering four shots just seven days after romping to a 4-0 win at Plymouth.

As Worthington correctly identified afterwards, a lack of home goals has been the only real blemish during the Minstermen’s leap up the League Two standings since the turn of the year.

The City boss has a reliable track record, however, for finding solutions to problems during his Minstermen tenure and will be working hard on ways to improve his team’s potency during the final seven home matches of the season.

Worthington has certainly tightened up matters at the back since a slip-shod start to the campaign when conceding goals from set-pieces was a regular cause for concern during the opening three months.

On-loan Charlton shot-stopper Nick Pope kept his third straight clean sheet against Southend and, in front of him, centre-backs Keith Lowe and John McCombe again proved combative adversaries for another set of well-shackled opponents.

Chances were at a premium at both ends of the pitch on Saturday with Pope and fellow net-minder Daniel Bentley only required to make a couple of saves apiece.

Bentley dived low to his left to keep out a tame 20-yard Bowman effort on 11 minutes and Michael Coulson, playing as his central striking partner, saw a shot deflect wide off Will Atkinson moments later following positive play by skipper Russell Penn.

On 28 minutes, a sliding Will Hayhurst managed to direct his volley on target as the ball dropped out of the sky eight yards from the Shrimpers’ goal but Bentley was equal to the attempt at his near post.

Southend could have easily forged ahead, however, with their first forward raid of the game on the half-hour mark.

Top scorer Kevan Hurst burst through the left channel to sprint on to a Michael Timlin through ball but then flashed his subsequent shot across the face of City’s goal.

Perhaps the nearest either team came to making the breakthrough, though, came in bizarre circumstances during first-half stoppage time.

A mix-up between Lanre Oyebanjo and Pope on the edge of the penalty box saw the City ’keeper scramble back towards goal to prevent his team-mate’s miscued clearance from spinning inside his left-hand upright.

Oyebanjo went on to have the hosts’ last shot of the match on 50 minutes when he fired over from 20 yards with his left foot.

For a ten-minute spell around the hour mark, Southend then enjoyed their most threatening passage of the game without unduly troubling Pope.

In between, a couple of off-target Barry Corr headers from right-wing John White crosses, midfielder Ryan Leonard drove wide from 30 yards.

Lively substitute Jack Payne then fired a low attempt at Pope after collecting Hurst’s crossfield pass while Lowe twice snuffed out Corr efforts as the Southend striker prepared to shoot at goal.

Atkinson also hit the roof of the David Longhurst Stand and a 20-minute impasse ensued before Leonard’s header, following another White centre, only required a routine injury-time save from Pope.

The deadlock meant the Minstermen moved only one 0-0 home draw away from equalling another club record – the most goalless stalemates in a single season, set in 1972/73.


Match facts

York City

Nick Pope 7
His impressive reach saw him claim a succession of high balls into his penalty box.

Lanre Oyebanjo 7
Carried the game to Southend with positive raids down the right flank.

Keith Lowe 8
STAR MAN – always alert to any visiting threat and barely put a foot wrong all afternoon.

John McCombe 7
Did not look troubled throughout and cleared his lines effectively when required.

Ben Davies 7
Did a good containing job on the skilful Hurst and distributed well down the line.

Josh Carson 6
Industrious but found a heavy, bobbly pitch difficult to master at times and did not threaten in an attacking sense.

Russell Penn 7
Spurred his team on from the middle of the park, especially with positive forward surges during the early exchanges.

Adam Reed 6
Struggled to find space in a congested central area and his creative ability was rarely in evidence.

Will Hayhurst 6
Forced Bentley into his hardest save but drifted out of the action for periods.

Ryan Bowman 6
Scrapped away in attack with little reward prior to his second-half withdrawal.

Michael Coulson 6
Buffeted by the Southend back four but battled to make his presence felt and showed moments of quality.

Subs: Ryan Jarvis (for Bowman, 71), Chris Dickinson (for Coulson, 90). Not used: David McGurk, Tom Platt, Michael Ingham, Sander Puri, Lewis Montrose.

Southend United

Daniel Bentley, John White, Adam Thompson, Cian Bolger (Mark Phillips, 79), Ben Coker, Kevan Hurst, Michael Timlin (Jack Payne, 56), Will Atkinson, Ryan Leonard, Anthony Straker (Marc Laird, 75), Barry Corr. Subs not used: Paul Smith, Freddie Eastwood, Jason Williams, Bedsente Gomis.

Star man: White – provided good deliveries into City’s box.


Referee: Paul Tierney (Wigan).

Rating: 7/10 – reasonable aside from the odd puzzling free-kick decision.

Booked: Bowman 31, Hayhurst 54, Corr 86.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,628 (410 from Southend).

Shots on target: City 2, Southend 2.

Shots off target: City 2, Southend 6.

Corners: City 4, Southend 6.

Fouls conceded: City 12, Southend 9.

Offsides: City 2, Southend 3.

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5:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.
The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 27

6:31pm Sat 22 Feb 14

dadster says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.
Fully agree with everything you've said. It wasn't a game for the purist but we look really solid defensively. Lowe, McCombe and Pope were all excellent and dealt comfortably with any balls into our box. Have to say that it's great to have a keeper that commands his area.

However we need to start scoring again at home to get the atmosphere going. Hopefully Fletcher will be back next week as we missed him today both for his goal threat and his workrate. I also think Carson probably needs a rest and maybe its.time to give Puri a start to provide something a bit different.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.[/p][/quote]Fully agree with everything you've said. It wasn't a game for the purist but we look really solid defensively. Lowe, McCombe and Pope were all excellent and dealt comfortably with any balls into our box. Have to say that it's great to have a keeper that commands his area. However we need to start scoring again at home to get the atmosphere going. Hopefully Fletcher will be back next week as we missed him today both for his goal threat and his workrate. I also think Carson probably needs a rest and maybe its.time to give Puri a start to provide something a bit different. dadster
  • Score: 18

6:35pm Sat 22 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.
Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time.
After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right!
Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.[/p][/quote]Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time. After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right! Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: -12

7:14pm Sat 22 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

It is right to say we missed Wes Fletcher today. Bowman and Jarvis can't hold the ball up , and aren't as physical as Wes. One or two of the younger players are looking a little tired, but that's to be expected, because they are not yet used to playing a full seasons fixture list. All in all we are doing great, after a slow start to the season. COYR.
It is right to say we missed Wes Fletcher today. Bowman and Jarvis can't hold the ball up , and aren't as physical as Wes. One or two of the younger players are looking a little tired, but that's to be expected, because they are not yet used to playing a full seasons fixture list. All in all we are doing great, after a slow start to the season. COYR. yorkandproud
  • Score: 11

7:45pm Sat 22 Feb 14

arsene.about.york says...

What a horrible, scrappy, rubbish game. If you take away the performance of the defence ( Lowe in particular, with at least two goal saving tackles ) we produced not very much at all. Some one near me commented half way through the first half that this had 0-0 written all over it and no one argued. I suppose you could argue that Coulson put in a decent shift and I still don't know how he didn't score after that run through their defence. But, other than that, creativity was at a minimum. We really can not go on winning away and producing this dross at home if we want people to carry on coming through the turnstiles.
What a horrible, scrappy, rubbish game. If you take away the performance of the defence ( Lowe in particular, with at least two goal saving tackles ) we produced not very much at all. Some one near me commented half way through the first half that this had 0-0 written all over it and no one argued. I suppose you could argue that Coulson put in a decent shift and I still don't know how he didn't score after that run through their defence. But, other than that, creativity was at a minimum. We really can not go on winning away and producing this dross at home if we want people to carry on coming through the turnstiles. arsene.about.york
  • Score: -8

7:59pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

YEP ,,its a soft game open to those that cynically exploit every thing they can.i agree if someone is injured he go's off for at leased 5mins and no sub allowed on during that time. The FA said at the inception of subs it would keep the game flowing and make it fairer, I have never subscribed to that, Its added another time wasting element to the game as you pointed out, Nobody that have the good of the game at heart wants to see, DIVING, GOING OVER THE TOP, DRAGGING STUDS DOWN THE ACHILLLIS,ELBOWING IN THE FACE,SHIRT PULLING, and the like, FOULING has become an art that is taught by coaches (not in the manual)
but never the less accepted as part and parcel of a game I don't recognise
when I played it with and against some of the best HAYNES LAWTON,
too name a couple, it frustrates me to see talented lads resort to fouls that could end a fellow players footballing life.
YEP ,,its a soft game open to those that cynically exploit every thing they can.i agree if someone is injured he go's off for at leased 5mins and no sub allowed on during that time. The FA said at the inception of subs it would keep the game flowing and make it fairer, I have never subscribed to that, Its added another time wasting element to the game as you pointed out, Nobody that have the good of the game at heart wants to see, DIVING, GOING OVER THE TOP, DRAGGING STUDS DOWN THE ACHILLLIS,ELBOWING IN THE FACE,SHIRT PULLING, and the like, FOULING has become an art that is taught by coaches (not in the manual) but never the less accepted as part and parcel of a game I don't recognise when I played it with and against some of the best HAYNES LAWTON, too name a couple, it frustrates me to see talented lads resort to fouls that could end a fellow players footballing life. bill bailey
  • Score: -13

8:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bh12man says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.
Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time.
After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right!
Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today.
If you'd have said to me after the debacle at Bury that we'd have 40 points and be mid table by the end of February then I'd have been happy.
I'm also delighted with the fact that we now have a pair of commanding centre backs and a goalkeeper who dominates his box. We now look solid at the back so a big tick in the box from me for that.

But you can't help but despair at the tactics at home, with the one-dimensional and ineffective hoof ball seen in the recent tedious 0-0 draws.

Post match on RY, when BP gave the usual predictable interview which was as bland and toothless as the game that preceded it, NW bemoaned the number of draws. Yet he is the one man who is uniquely placed to influence this, but the in-built safety streak does him no favours. Again today, in a match meandering away there were no risks from the bench, no tactical switches, just the same approach and formation in another home game that passed us by and the ball flew over everyone's heads. Keep it tight, play it long, and hope we nick a goal from the scraps that develop.
Make no mistake, I'd have taken mid-table mediocrity this season on August 3rd, definitely on December 28th, right now too, and especially on May 3rd. But I'd hoped that my season ticket money afforded better entertainment than what has been served up recently.
Two youngsters sat near me today, one of whom wore a headband to which was attached a cine camera or similar. You’ll not be surprised to learn that he stopped recording the game well before the end !
NW please note, many would rather see us have a go in three games and maybe win one than settle for safety first. It might be a romantic notion post Valentine’s week, but I want to be entertained every now and then.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.[/p][/quote]Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time. After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right! Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today.[/p][/quote]If you'd have said to me after the debacle at Bury that we'd have 40 points and be mid table by the end of February then I'd have been happy. I'm also delighted with the fact that we now have a pair of commanding centre backs and a goalkeeper who dominates his box. We now look solid at the back so a big tick in the box from me for that. But you can't help but despair at the tactics at home, with the one-dimensional and ineffective hoof ball seen in the recent tedious 0-0 draws. Post match on RY, when BP gave the usual predictable interview which was as bland and toothless as the game that preceded it, NW bemoaned the number of draws. Yet he is the one man who is uniquely placed to influence this, but the in-built safety streak does him no favours. Again today, in a match meandering away there were no risks from the bench, no tactical switches, just the same approach and formation in another home game that passed us by and the ball flew over everyone's heads. Keep it tight, play it long, and hope we nick a goal from the scraps that develop. Make no mistake, I'd have taken mid-table mediocrity this season on August 3rd, definitely on December 28th, right now too, and especially on May 3rd. But I'd hoped that my season ticket money afforded better entertainment than what has been served up recently. Two youngsters sat near me today, one of whom wore a headband to which was attached a cine camera or similar. You’ll not be surprised to learn that he stopped recording the game well before the end ! NW please note, many would rather see us have a go in three games and maybe win one than settle for safety first. It might be a romantic notion post Valentine’s week, but I want to be entertained every now and then. bh12man
  • Score: 23

8:48pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Some old bloke says...

Couldn't get to the game today but I'll be there for the next one. It sounded a bit dreary but it's another point towards safety. I think 9 of the bottom 11 teams won today, including all the bottom six, so it's going to be a very compressed division and there might be quite a relegation scrap in the last couple of weeks of the season. Hopefully City are doing enough to avoid it.
Couldn't get to the game today but I'll be there for the next one. It sounded a bit dreary but it's another point towards safety. I think 9 of the bottom 11 teams won today, including all the bottom six, so it's going to be a very compressed division and there might be quite a relegation scrap in the last couple of weeks of the season. Hopefully City are doing enough to avoid it. Some old bloke
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Prob says...

Some old bloke wrote:
Couldn't get to the game today but I'll be there for the next one. It sounded a bit dreary but it's another point towards safety. I think 9 of the bottom 11 teams won today, including all the bottom six, so it's going to be a very compressed division and there might be quite a relegation scrap in the last couple of weeks of the season. Hopefully City are doing enough to avoid it.
You might want to check the results again. Torquay lost.
[quote][p][bold]Some old bloke[/bold] wrote: Couldn't get to the game today but I'll be there for the next one. It sounded a bit dreary but it's another point towards safety. I think 9 of the bottom 11 teams won today, including all the bottom six, so it's going to be a very compressed division and there might be quite a relegation scrap in the last couple of weeks of the season. Hopefully City are doing enough to avoid it.[/p][/quote]You might want to check the results again. Torquay lost. Prob
  • Score: 5

9:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

joejamestom says...

I think we did not do ourselves any favours with the substitutios Coulson looked tired 20 min earlier & should have been replaced by Jarvis to see if our two strikers in combination could steal a goal in a game we were starting to look second best. Southports first sub substantially improved their performance unlike ours, to me it looks as though NW does not view the bench as having game changers on it which is a worry, mid table on the basis of recent performances with the current squad.
I think we did not do ourselves any favours with the substitutios Coulson looked tired 20 min earlier & should have been replaced by Jarvis to see if our two strikers in combination could steal a goal in a game we were starting to look second best. Southports first sub substantially improved their performance unlike ours, to me it looks as though NW does not view the bench as having game changers on it which is a worry, mid table on the basis of recent performances with the current squad. joejamestom
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ian923 says...

" entertaining first half"-as John Wayne commented on Shakespeare "Who wrote this sh-t anyway?"there is no name on the article. Basically we missed Wes Fletcher badly. We still need a Creative midfielder. We need to play 2 Strikers at home yet Jarvis was on the bench. Enough said but impressed with Pope, and the back 4.
" entertaining first half"-as John Wayne commented on Shakespeare "Who wrote this sh-t anyway?"there is no name on the article. Basically we missed Wes Fletcher badly. We still need a Creative midfielder. We need to play 2 Strikers at home yet Jarvis was on the bench. Enough said but impressed with Pope, and the back 4. ian923
  • Score: 1

10:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Anysport says...

Another 3 point opportunity squandered. The players may be better individuals but it looks like they don't train in the same county!

Again Penn & Read too square; too deep; too often, with little connection to anything that could be described as attack.
Again substitutions too late and no impact on the game.
Again left the ground massively unimpressed!
Another 3 point opportunity squandered. The players may be better individuals but it looks like they don't train in the same county! Again Penn & Read too square; too deep; too often, with little connection to anything that could be described as attack. Again substitutions too late and no impact on the game. Again left the ground massively unimpressed! Anysport
  • Score: 0

6:19am Sun 23 Feb 14

cambersdad says...

was not at the game yesterday so can't comment on the match but having read the posts it just seems to me that this is what we are going to get at home every game (unless NW lets the lads play when we are safe ) i agree with all the posters who say that NW is just to defence minded, like i've said before i have nothing against NW i think he has put together a decent squad i just wish he would let them play football, having been a profesional sportsman myself i know that the will to win inside you is massive, so it must be hard for the lads to go out on the pitch knowing that the only thing the manager is concerned about is keeping a clean sheet, i except the theory that if you don't concede a goal you can't lose but surely if you don't score you can't win, it's not a coincedence that the top teams in every league have the biggest goals for tallys, surely it's quite simple score more goals than your opponents and you get three points, dosen't matter if it's 1-0 or 4-3, think i'm back home in a couple of weeks and looking forward to going back to BC just hope we can play some possitive football at home and be entertained after all thats what we pay our money for
was not at the game yesterday so can't comment on the match but having read the posts it just seems to me that this is what we are going to get at home every game (unless NW lets the lads play when we are safe ) i agree with all the posters who say that NW is just to defence minded, like i've said before i have nothing against NW i think he has put together a decent squad i just wish he would let them play football, having been a profesional sportsman myself i know that the will to win inside you is massive, so it must be hard for the lads to go out on the pitch knowing that the only thing the manager is concerned about is keeping a clean sheet, i except the theory that if you don't concede a goal you can't lose but surely if you don't score you can't win, it's not a coincedence that the top teams in every league have the biggest goals for tallys, surely it's quite simple score more goals than your opponents and you get three points, dosen't matter if it's 1-0 or 4-3, think i'm back home in a couple of weeks and looking forward to going back to BC just hope we can play some possitive football at home and be entertained after all thats what we pay our money for cambersdad
  • Score: 5

9:30am Sun 23 Feb 14

openallhours says...

An improvement on the Cheltenham game and we're starting to look like a strong reliable unit. The defence was excellent, Pope's commanding of his area and distribution was quality, Coulson gave everything and we were unfortunate not to score. Whilst it's another 0-0 result, the positives are the point and the clean sheet.
An improvement on the Cheltenham game and we're starting to look like a strong reliable unit. The defence was excellent, Pope's commanding of his area and distribution was quality, Coulson gave everything and we were unfortunate not to score. Whilst it's another 0-0 result, the positives are the point and the clean sheet. openallhours
  • Score: 12

10:06am Sun 23 Feb 14

duffy says...

God the football under Worthington is poor, I would love to see a little more positivity rather than yet again another very forgettable 0-0 draw.
However the positives, best centre half pairing for years, Pope is miles better than Ingham, and Penn had another very good game along with yet again Oyebanjo. I just worry we might lose Oyebanjo to another club in the summer. Lack of creativity in midfield and we miss Fletcher way too much. Four or five signings in the summer, maybe both full backs, goalkeeper, winger and creative midfielder and we should do well next season.
God the football under Worthington is poor, I would love to see a little more positivity rather than yet again another very forgettable 0-0 draw. However the positives, best centre half pairing for years, Pope is miles better than Ingham, and Penn had another very good game along with yet again Oyebanjo. I just worry we might lose Oyebanjo to another club in the summer. Lack of creativity in midfield and we miss Fletcher way too much. Four or five signings in the summer, maybe both full backs, goalkeeper, winger and creative midfielder and we should do well next season. duffy
  • Score: 6

10:23am Sun 23 Feb 14

Kitkateater says...

Have to say I've thrown in the towel as regards giving NW the benefit of the doubt to get the team to play football which is good to watch. Last season I defended the boring football with the view that it was a means to an ends for survival, and that this season we would see football played through the midfield rather than hoof ball. I was wrong, it would appear that he only knows how to set his teams up to play this way. I feel the loyal City fans deserve something that they can cheer and get behind rather than feel that some weeks it's a couple of hours of their life that they won't get back.
Have to say I've thrown in the towel as regards giving NW the benefit of the doubt to get the team to play football which is good to watch. Last season I defended the boring football with the view that it was a means to an ends for survival, and that this season we would see football played through the midfield rather than hoof ball. I was wrong, it would appear that he only knows how to set his teams up to play this way. I feel the loyal City fans deserve something that they can cheer and get behind rather than feel that some weeks it's a couple of hours of their life that they won't get back. Kitkateater
  • Score: 9

10:57am Sun 23 Feb 14

FortessBC says...

We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on.
We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on. FortessBC
  • Score: 40

11:19am Sun 23 Feb 14

tips says...

FortessBC wrote:
We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on.
I agree entirely NW is sorting things out steadily and hopefully an improvement in style will follow .2014 has brought about a much improved defence but the midfield is not yet creating enough ammunition for the forwards .
Rome was not built in a day and in the year NW has been in charge there has been a lot of change and hopefully sooner than later we will have a team to be proud of playing good flowing passing football that we all crave for..
[quote][p][bold]FortessBC[/bold] wrote: We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely NW is sorting things out steadily and hopefully an improvement in style will follow .2014 has brought about a much improved defence but the midfield is not yet creating enough ammunition for the forwards . Rome was not built in a day and in the year NW has been in charge there has been a lot of change and hopefully sooner than later we will have a team to be proud of playing good flowing passing football that we all crave for.. tips
  • Score: 11

11:21am Sun 23 Feb 14

Kitkateater says...

FortessBC wrote:
We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on.
I do agree with your points Fortress, we are in a far better position now, and as you say it is important we get behind the lads. However, all I'm saying is it's getting harder and harder some games, ( not all of them) to feel uplifted. I just long for games where you go home buzzing about the football played, and it doesn't always have to be after a win, some draws can be exciting. Haven't buzzed much this season, if you'll pardon the expression.
[quote][p][bold]FortessBC[/bold] wrote: We have to be careful what we wish for. The recent home games have not been great but the team are working extremely hard to win games. After the Bury loss on 29th dec we were in 22nd place with 22 points. We are now 11th and have 40 points. This is a vast improvement and we have gone unbeaten through Feb. Most fans would have taken a mid table finish this season. The progress is steady which is exactly what the club needs this season. Lets keep backing the manager, players, board and everyone at the club and keep cheering the team on.[/p][/quote]I do agree with your points Fortress, we are in a far better position now, and as you say it is important we get behind the lads. However, all I'm saying is it's getting harder and harder some games, ( not all of them) to feel uplifted. I just long for games where you go home buzzing about the football played, and it doesn't always have to be after a win, some draws can be exciting. Haven't buzzed much this season, if you'll pardon the expression. Kitkateater
  • Score: 9

12:04pm Sun 23 Feb 14

born&breed says...

This season was always going to be 'a sorting out season' - a good pre-season, early evaluation of players Nigel inherited and ones who were signed but were not good enough or fully committed to the club. It has taken time and I believe we are now close to a reasonable side. Excellent keeper (sorry Michael) strong and commanding central pair, Penn a great signing - still think Montrose should be alone side him. would like to see Wes and Coulson paired together. This league is so open, every side is capable of winning, home or away - there is no runaway side(s) We just need stick in there pick up as many points as possible over the next month and we may find ourselves in or about the play-offs
This season was always going to be 'a sorting out season' - a good pre-season, early evaluation of players Nigel inherited and ones who were signed but were not good enough or fully committed to the club. It has taken time and I believe we are now close to a reasonable side. Excellent keeper (sorry Michael) strong and commanding central pair, Penn a great signing - still think Montrose should be alone side him. would like to see Wes and Coulson paired together. This league is so open, every side is capable of winning, home or away - there is no runaway side(s) We just need stick in there pick up as many points as possible over the next month and we may find ourselves in or about the play-offs born&breed
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Sun 23 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

duffy wrote:
God the football under Worthington is poor, I would love to see a little more positivity rather than yet again another very forgettable 0-0 draw.
However the positives, best centre half pairing for years, Pope is miles better than Ingham, and Penn had another very good game along with yet again Oyebanjo. I just worry we might lose Oyebanjo to another club in the summer. Lack of creativity in midfield and we miss Fletcher way too much. Four or five signings in the summer, maybe both full backs, goalkeeper, winger and creative midfielder and we should do well next season.
Spot on. I am just grateful that I see most way games as well as the homes because for what feels like years now we have served up better performances away from home. It beggars belief how we keep pumping the ball long at home and winning nothing. And the Opta stats for our throw ins would be very revealing....we may as we'll let the opposition take all throws!
Where is McDonald? Surely if he has the pace reported and the eye for a goal you would have him on the bench at home just to throw on with 15-20 mins to go if you either needed to nick a goal for the extra 2 points a win would bring? Don't tell me an 18 year old still isn't match fit as I'm only asking for 20 minutes. There has to be a Plan B because the recent lack of goals at home tells a story.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: God the football under Worthington is poor, I would love to see a little more positivity rather than yet again another very forgettable 0-0 draw. However the positives, best centre half pairing for years, Pope is miles better than Ingham, and Penn had another very good game along with yet again Oyebanjo. I just worry we might lose Oyebanjo to another club in the summer. Lack of creativity in midfield and we miss Fletcher way too much. Four or five signings in the summer, maybe both full backs, goalkeeper, winger and creative midfielder and we should do well next season.[/p][/quote]Spot on. I am just grateful that I see most way games as well as the homes because for what feels like years now we have served up better performances away from home. It beggars belief how we keep pumping the ball long at home and winning nothing. And the Opta stats for our throw ins would be very revealing....we may as we'll let the opposition take all throws! Where is McDonald? Surely if he has the pace reported and the eye for a goal you would have him on the bench at home just to throw on with 15-20 mins to go if you either needed to nick a goal for the extra 2 points a win would bring? Don't tell me an 18 year old still isn't match fit as I'm only asking for 20 minutes. There has to be a Plan B because the recent lack of goals at home tells a story. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 8

2:16pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Phil, Leeds says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.
Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time.
After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right!
Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today.
Really good post this, agree with all you've said. That you've got a thumbs down of a net 8 as I write sums up many posters on this site, they just won't accept constructive comment if it's in any way critical.
And the fact is it's now 4 home games without a City goal and just 5 home wins all season in all competitions - simply not good enough. The quality of the passing yesterday was woeful, we can't string more than 2 or 3 passes together. You can't expect people to pay £17 - £20 to watch that week after week.
On the plus side, yes, you can't knock the effort and defensively we are much stronger but I want some entertainment value. Now that Jarvis is fit he surely must start next week ahead of Bowman as he's more likely to sniff out a goal.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The first half performance was encouraging but we didnt really get going at all in the second half. A draw was probably the right result at the end of the day. City are clearly much better at defending than we are at creating goal scoring opportunities. We missed Fletchers ability to hold on to the ball today. But still its another point nearer safety, which looks to be our main objective.[/p][/quote]Agree 100%,what a frustrating afternoon. A promising opening 15 minutes but petered out quickly and the second half was just tactically inept nothing but long aimless balls up front from which we won nothing. Add to this the spoiling tactics of Southend and I am afraid that this is going to be a 1 out of 5 entertainment rating in the League Paper tomorrow. For an entertainment industry something has to be done re the blatant time wasting when feigning injury. My answer would be quite simple - if the game is stopped as a result of an injury them the players concerned would be required to leave the pitch for 5 minutes. I am convinced this would fix the problem in weeks and for those with genuine injury then they have 5 mins recuperation time. After the match the usual drivel interview with NW claiming we were 'very good' Yeh right! Love the game as I do it is hard not to despair of it at times with £300k per week wages, niggly spoiling tactics and hoof ball tactics as displayed by City today.[/p][/quote]Really good post this, agree with all you've said. That you've got a thumbs down of a net 8 as I write sums up many posters on this site, they just won't accept constructive comment if it's in any way critical. And the fact is it's now 4 home games without a City goal and just 5 home wins all season in all competitions - simply not good enough. The quality of the passing yesterday was woeful, we can't string more than 2 or 3 passes together. You can't expect people to pay £17 - £20 to watch that week after week. On the plus side, yes, you can't knock the effort and defensively we are much stronger but I want some entertainment value. Now that Jarvis is fit he surely must start next week ahead of Bowman as he's more likely to sniff out a goal. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Sun 23 Feb 14

paddymacwakey says...

I was on about McDonald on here the other day.somebody said he scored 2 goals in a friendly against billingham,i thought that was a fish market.like I said on here before,will he get a game in the 1st team.nowhere to be seen on the bench again.he has been here since xmas and not played 1 minute.we are definitely lacking a creative midfielder and another striker,to add competition to the team,and that's now,not the end of the season.the one thing that makes my blood boil is the treatment to sander puri.when Worthington signed him,he couldn't praise him enough.i know he has had his injury problems,but he has been on the bench 13 times and brought on just once.it needed somebody like him,with something different to change the game yesterday,but once again he was never given the chance,and to rub salt in the wounds young Dickinson was brought on for the last 3 minutes.so all I say is if puri and McDonald aren,t in your plans nigel,let them go and some other team will give them some playing time
I was on about McDonald on here the other day.somebody said he scored 2 goals in a friendly against billingham,i thought that was a fish market.like I said on here before,will he get a game in the 1st team.nowhere to be seen on the bench again.he has been here since xmas and not played 1 minute.we are definitely lacking a creative midfielder and another striker,to add competition to the team,and that's now,not the end of the season.the one thing that makes my blood boil is the treatment to sander puri.when Worthington signed him,he couldn't praise him enough.i know he has had his injury problems,but he has been on the bench 13 times and brought on just once.it needed somebody like him,with something different to change the game yesterday,but once again he was never given the chance,and to rub salt in the wounds young Dickinson was brought on for the last 3 minutes.so all I say is if puri and McDonald aren,t in your plans nigel,let them go and some other team will give them some playing time paddymacwakey
  • Score: 2

7:27am Mon 24 Feb 14

Kitkateater says...

bill bailey wrote:
YEP ,,its a soft game open to those that cynically exploit every thing they can.i agree if someone is injured he go's off for at leased 5mins and no sub allowed on during that time. The FA said at the inception of subs it would keep the game flowing and make it fairer, I have never subscribed to that, Its added another time wasting element to the game as you pointed out, Nobody that have the good of the game at heart wants to see, DIVING, GOING OVER THE TOP, DRAGGING STUDS DOWN THE ACHILLLIS,ELBOWING IN THE FACE,SHIRT PULLING, and the like, FOULING has become an art that is taught by coaches (not in the manual)
but never the less accepted as part and parcel of a game I don't recognise
when I played it with and against some of the best HAYNES LAWTON,
too name a couple, it frustrates me to see talented lads resort to fouls that could end a fellow players footballing life.
I don't think fouling has BECOME an art, it has always been around, and. If anything career ending tackles are less frequent now than ever. At one time a goal stood even if you put the keeper in the net along with the ball., and thankfully we no longer have the tackles that Ron Harris, Johnny Giles, Tommy Smith, Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner, Dave Mackay, Nobby Stiles or Jack Charlton regularly produced. In fact those players probably would not last more than fifteen minutes of a modern game without a red card. Simulation As the commentators like to call it has become more prevalent, let's call it what it is, cheating, and it should be got rid of.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: YEP ,,its a soft game open to those that cynically exploit every thing they can.i agree if someone is injured he go's off for at leased 5mins and no sub allowed on during that time. The FA said at the inception of subs it would keep the game flowing and make it fairer, I have never subscribed to that, Its added another time wasting element to the game as you pointed out, Nobody that have the good of the game at heart wants to see, DIVING, GOING OVER THE TOP, DRAGGING STUDS DOWN THE ACHILLLIS,ELBOWING IN THE FACE,SHIRT PULLING, and the like, FOULING has become an art that is taught by coaches (not in the manual) but never the less accepted as part and parcel of a game I don't recognise when I played it with and against some of the best HAYNES LAWTON, too name a couple, it frustrates me to see talented lads resort to fouls that could end a fellow players footballing life.[/p][/quote]I don't think fouling has BECOME an art, it has always been around, and. If anything career ending tackles are less frequent now than ever. At one time a goal stood even if you put the keeper in the net along with the ball., and thankfully we no longer have the tackles that Ron Harris, Johnny Giles, Tommy Smith, Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner, Dave Mackay, Nobby Stiles or Jack Charlton regularly produced. In fact those players probably would not last more than fifteen minutes of a modern game without a red card. Simulation As the commentators like to call it has become more prevalent, let's call it what it is, cheating, and it should be got rid of. Kitkateater
  • Score: 6

10:23am Mon 24 Feb 14

A Bottom says...

Kitkateater wrote:
Have to say I've thrown in the towel as regards giving NW the benefit of the doubt to get the team to play football which is good to watch. Last season I defended the boring football with the view that it was a means to an ends for survival, and that this season we would see football played through the midfield rather than hoof ball. I was wrong, it would appear that he only knows how to set his teams up to play this way. I feel the loyal City fans deserve something that they can cheer and get behind rather than feel that some weeks it's a couple of hours of their life that they won't get back.
Don't go then! Do something else! I enjoyed the game!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Kitkateater[/bold] wrote: Have to say I've thrown in the towel as regards giving NW the benefit of the doubt to get the team to play football which is good to watch. Last season I defended the boring football with the view that it was a means to an ends for survival, and that this season we would see football played through the midfield rather than hoof ball. I was wrong, it would appear that he only knows how to set his teams up to play this way. I feel the loyal City fans deserve something that they can cheer and get behind rather than feel that some weeks it's a couple of hours of their life that they won't get back.[/p][/quote]Don't go then! Do something else! I enjoyed the game!!!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Daley Mayall says...

I think we can file McDonald's signing into Nigel's 'failed/dud' category. What's the point of bringing him in if they're not even getting selected for the squad when we are short of strikers? He's clearly not good enough as his fitness must be approaching worth at least a 20 minute run-out if we're chasing a goal. Something amiss somewhere, similarly with Puri. I thought he might have been given 10 minutes near the end on Saturday to replace a tired body. He has plenty of energy on the rare occasions I've seen him strut his stuff for the club.

I think we'll be fine as regards staying up, and gradually NW is building solid foundations for next season. With signings matching the sound acquisitions made in January, we could well be a contender for a play-off spot in 2014/15.

But for the remaining games Nigel, can you show a bit more 'imagination' (ambition!) by changing the team from a defensive one happy with a point, to a more offensive one trying to snaffle 3, especially at home please!
I think we can file McDonald's signing into Nigel's 'failed/dud' category. What's the point of bringing him in if they're not even getting selected for the squad when we are short of strikers? He's clearly not good enough as his fitness must be approaching worth at least a 20 minute run-out if we're chasing a goal. Something amiss somewhere, similarly with Puri. I thought he might have been given 10 minutes near the end on Saturday to replace a tired body. He has plenty of energy on the rare occasions I've seen him strut his stuff for the club. I think we'll be fine as regards staying up, and gradually NW is building solid foundations for next season. With signings matching the sound acquisitions made in January, we could well be a contender for a play-off spot in 2014/15. But for the remaining games Nigel, can you show a bit more 'imagination' (ambition!) by changing the team from a defensive one happy with a point, to a more offensive one trying to snaffle 3, especially at home please! Daley Mayall
  • Score: 5

1:30pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Penfold01 says...

I'm not quite sure why some people think we will see any improvement in style from Worthington. Bar a couple of players this is his team now and he has brought in players like McCombe, Lowe and Penn with the aim of getting the ball forward (giving the ball back to the opposition) as quickly as possible.

This low percentage hoof ball is what we're going to be stuck with as long as Worthington is here.

We've now failed to score in 14 games this season and it's easy to see why.
I'm not quite sure why some people think we will see any improvement in style from Worthington. Bar a couple of players this is his team now and he has brought in players like McCombe, Lowe and Penn with the aim of getting the ball forward (giving the ball back to the opposition) as quickly as possible. This low percentage hoof ball is what we're going to be stuck with as long as Worthington is here. We've now failed to score in 14 games this season and it's easy to see why. Penfold01
  • Score: -2

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