'Imagination' is key to ending York City's Bootham Crescent goal drought

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YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has told his players to use their “imagination” to end a run of four home games without a goal.

The Minstermen drew 0-0 for the third time in four Bootham Crescent outings against play-off hopefuls Southend at the weekend, following previous stalemates with Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers.

Chesterfield have also won 2-0 in North Yorkshire during a run of more than six hours without a goal on their own soil for Worthington’s team.

The City boss is pleased, however, with every other aspect of his side’s game in front of their own fans, saying: “Saturday’s game was a little bit like the game against Cheltenham in that we were playing against a decent team who have been in the league for a long time and know what it’s all about.

“Southend have been near the top of the table for most of the season so they are no mugs and they got themselves organised against us and made things difficult. The only thing that is missing at home is goals because I can’t fault the lads at all otherwise.

“Some of the play at times was very good against Southend with plenty of commitment and a work ethic of the highest quality. We also got another clean sheet and have just got to keep using our imagination in that final third to create and score goals.

“We just can’t seem to get that rub of the green at home to get us over the line, but at least the supporters are getting honest shifts from the players. We had three or four half-chances and, on another day, we would have stuck one in the back of the net.”

City missed out on a chance to close the gap to Southend, currently occupying Sky Bet League Two’s final play-off position, to six points.

Worthington believes the team should have a greater reward for their efforts this season but insists the first priority remains securing the club’s Football League status during the coming weeks.

“We are having a pretty solid season and the additions we have made since January have been very, very good,” the Minstermen chief reasoned. “But the one thing you might point a finger at is we have had too many draws.

“If we had two or three more wins from those matches, then I think that would provide a truer reflection of the team’s performances. But we know our target is 50 or 51 points and the sooner we get them the better. “A lot of the teams near the bottom beat sides above them at the weekend, but we must focus on our own jobs and not get distracted by anything else.”

The Minstermen also kept their third consecutive clean sheet on Saturday with Worthington full of praise for goalkeeper Nick Pope and a back four of Lanre Oyebanjo, Keith Lowe, John McCombe and Ben Davies.

He added: “The ’keeper and the back four all did well.

“The two centre-halves have gelled really well together and the full backs had very good, solid games and, if they continue to do that, they will keep improving.”

City are hoping that top scorer Wes Fletcher will recover from the groin problem that ruled him out of Saturday’s game in time to face Exeter at Bootham Crescent this weekend.

“He wasn’t right for the Southend game,” Worthington revealed.

“I was never going to push him because I would rather he missed one game than try to play him and then lose him for a month maybe.”

In Fletcher’s absence, Michael Coulson was preferred in attack to fit-again nine-goal marksman Ryan Jarvis, who later made his first appearance in five matches following an ankle injury. “Michael did well,” Worthington said of Coulson. “He got hold of the ball, backed into their defenders and caused them a few problems.

“Having a squad is all about people doing a job when they are called upon and Michael has been doing a good job when he starts or comes off the bench. It’s good to have Ryan Jarvis back as well.

“He’s short of match fitness, but the more players we have fit the better during the run-in.”

First-year professional Chris Dickinson was also given his home debut as a 90th-minute substitute for the second successive match.

On the teenage striker’s progress, Worthington said: “He still has a lot of work to do but he’s a very honest young man who will give you what he’s got, which sums up our squad.”

The City boss added that he is hoping League One promotion hopefuls Preston will allow him to keep on-loan winger Will Hayhurst beyond Saturday’s home meeting with Exeter, admitting: “I would like to keep the lad and he would like to stay, so it’s down to Preston to see if we can extend his loan.

“He gives us another option and is another body in those wide areas, where players have to put in a real shift.”

• Former City captain Chris Smith has signed for Conference Premier side Halifax Town.

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7:18pm Sun 23 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Does the Manager mean that he wants the players to use their imagination and create goals by playing wonderful attacking football. Or does he want them to imagine where we could be if we had not failed to score in ELEVEN home matches (league & cup) so far this season?. Not to mention the FOUR away matches where we also failed to score. The training ground is the place to sort that out.
Does the Manager mean that he wants the players to use their imagination and create goals by playing wonderful attacking football. Or does he want them to imagine where we could be if we had not failed to score in ELEVEN home matches (league & cup) so far this season?. Not to mention the FOUR away matches where we also failed to score. The training ground is the place to sort that out. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 23

11:02am Mon 24 Feb 14

FortessBC says...

he is right about the committment and hard working performances, there was some neat passing moves on occasions against Southend and we could have nicked a goal. A little more inventive play would be good but without Fletcher we did not hold up play as well in the final third. Wes gives us that and we can play off him a bit more. Whilst disappointing not to score again the signs are there and NW is right that we have come up against some very solid experienced teams who have defended well at BC. Also opposition goalies have been excellent, as has Nick Pope who continues to impress IMO. Exeter at home represents another chance to get the win, although their away form is better than their home form (sounds familiar!!)
he is right about the committment and hard working performances, there was some neat passing moves on occasions against Southend and we could have nicked a goal. A little more inventive play would be good but without Fletcher we did not hold up play as well in the final third. Wes gives us that and we can play off him a bit more. Whilst disappointing not to score again the signs are there and NW is right that we have come up against some very solid experienced teams who have defended well at BC. Also opposition goalies have been excellent, as has Nick Pope who continues to impress IMO. Exeter at home represents another chance to get the win, although their away form is better than their home form (sounds familiar!!) FortessBC
  • Score: 8

1:47pm Mon 24 Feb 14

gazlan says...

They will need to use their own imaginations in the vital final third because NW cannot offer any. I agree, great looking defence, but woeful lack of tactics up front. Game after game we just don't look as if we have any set moves to create space or opening to take a shot on goal. Only banjo had a meaningful shot on goal on Saturday and that was from his own powerful run. Coulson continues to create openings but there is rarely enough of our players in the box to increase our shooting or heading opportunities. I did get to the Plymouth game but apart from the odd moments of fluid passing football and energy from the players, generally this years offerings from Nigel Worthington has been turgid depressing stuff. I truly believe the players are being let down by their coaching staff. As a consequence I can see those that can leaving this summer whether they are offered contracts or not. ie Lanre.
They will need to use their own imaginations in the vital final third because NW cannot offer any. I agree, great looking defence, but woeful lack of tactics up front. Game after game we just don't look as if we have any set moves to create space or opening to take a shot on goal. Only banjo had a meaningful shot on goal on Saturday and that was from his own powerful run. Coulson continues to create openings but there is rarely enough of our players in the box to increase our shooting or heading opportunities. I did get to the Plymouth game but apart from the odd moments of fluid passing football and energy from the players, generally this years offerings from Nigel Worthington has been turgid depressing stuff. I truly believe the players are being let down by their coaching staff. As a consequence I can see those that can leaving this summer whether they are offered contracts or not. ie Lanre. gazlan
  • Score: -2

2:11pm Mon 24 Feb 14

RooBeck says...

The players and manager want to imagine what it's like stood in the terraces watching some of these bore draws, then they might alter their tactics! Yes, City fans want to see us get to the safety target of 50 points and the defence in particular are doing very well, to-gether with the drive and steel of Penn in midfield but, as some have mentioned previously, it is also about producing a level of entertainment so as to get people through the turnstiles and at home, other than the purple patches against Scunny and Pompey and maybe, Dagenham - we have been un-impressive as an attacking outfit. Confidence and encouragement is needed by all players to attempt more shots on goal in and around the 18 yard box and far more movement, especially from set-pieces, in an attempt to drag defenders around and out of position. We are even slow to move for throw-ins near the box and the usual tactic of Lanre delivering the high ball is easy meat for opposing defenders/keepers. Let's get at Exeter early doors on Saturday and go for that elusive goal and get the crowd reacting by producing some atmosphere and not like the silence of the second-half against Southend. COYR.
The players and manager want to imagine what it's like stood in the terraces watching some of these bore draws, then they might alter their tactics! Yes, City fans want to see us get to the safety target of 50 points and the defence in particular are doing very well, to-gether with the drive and steel of Penn in midfield but, as some have mentioned previously, it is also about producing a level of entertainment so as to get people through the turnstiles and at home, other than the purple patches against Scunny and Pompey and maybe, Dagenham - we have been un-impressive as an attacking outfit. Confidence and encouragement is needed by all players to attempt more shots on goal in and around the 18 yard box and far more movement, especially from set-pieces, in an attempt to drag defenders around and out of position. We are even slow to move for throw-ins near the box and the usual tactic of Lanre delivering the high ball is easy meat for opposing defenders/keepers. Let's get at Exeter early doors on Saturday and go for that elusive goal and get the crowd reacting by producing some atmosphere and not like the silence of the second-half against Southend. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

alimount says...

As long as we keep a plus goal difference we will be safe for another year...
As long as we keep a plus goal difference we will be safe for another year... alimount
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Everyone is banging on about our tactics and lack of goals and NW is bearing the brunt of this, i would like to know what Steve Torpey's input on coaching is? Does he do any work with our forwards?As soon as Bowman got booked Saturday he was a waste of a player totaly ineffective, Coulson cant mix it with big center halfs with our direct style and needs to be out wide. As soon as they went 5 in the middle they took hold of the game, our coaches never woke up to this and they knocked it around with no problems. At the moment were living on scraps up front (at home) and we need Wes back ASAP
Everyone is banging on about our tactics and lack of goals and NW is bearing the brunt of this, i would like to know what Steve Torpey's input on coaching is? Does he do any work with our forwards?As soon as Bowman got booked Saturday he was a waste of a player totaly ineffective, Coulson cant mix it with big center halfs with our direct style and needs to be out wide. As soon as they went 5 in the middle they took hold of the game, our coaches never woke up to this and they knocked it around with no problems. At the moment were living on scraps up front (at home) and we need Wes back ASAP T.R.M1974
  • Score: 8

4:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Everyone is banging on about our tactics and lack of goals and NW is bearing the brunt of this, i would like to know what Steve Torpey's input on coaching is? Does he do any work with our forwards?As soon as Bowman got booked Saturday he was a waste of a player totaly ineffective, Coulson cant mix it with big center halfs with our direct style and needs to be out wide. As soon as they went 5 in the middle they took hold of the game, our coaches never woke up to this and they knocked it around with no problems. At the moment were living on scraps up front (at home) and we need Wes back ASAP
Plenty to chew the cud in your comment,
1, You only control the game if you have the ball it's a simple fact, you do the simple things well, when you have possession you need players finding space wanting the ball it becomes a chain reaction , when you haven't got the ball you close them down, don't give ground that is why they went 5 across and took control. they did it better than us in that department, in November we leaked goals every man and his dog was saying we need better defenders, we got them, probably the best defence collectively for many a day. I agree with you NW's backroom boys have got to start earning their corn, the players are there , I think they have to step up to the plate its not just about NW sometimes we over look the part they should be playing if they are not good enough it might be time for THEM to move on.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Everyone is banging on about our tactics and lack of goals and NW is bearing the brunt of this, i would like to know what Steve Torpey's input on coaching is? Does he do any work with our forwards?As soon as Bowman got booked Saturday he was a waste of a player totaly ineffective, Coulson cant mix it with big center halfs with our direct style and needs to be out wide. As soon as they went 5 in the middle they took hold of the game, our coaches never woke up to this and they knocked it around with no problems. At the moment were living on scraps up front (at home) and we need Wes back ASAP[/p][/quote]Plenty to chew the cud in your comment, 1, You only control the game if you have the ball it's a simple fact, you do the simple things well, when you have possession you need players finding space wanting the ball it becomes a chain reaction , when you haven't got the ball you close them down, don't give ground that is why they went 5 across and took control. they did it better than us in that department, in November we leaked goals every man and his dog was saying we need better defenders, we got them, probably the best defence collectively for many a day. I agree with you NW's backroom boys have got to start earning their corn, the players are there , I think they have to step up to the plate its not just about NW sometimes we over look the part they should be playing if they are not good enough it might be time for THEM to move on. bill bailey
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Edsoni says...

Our manager appointed his backroom staff, but it seems that Bill wants him to ditch them.?
In other words the bloke at the helm takes no responsibility but blames everyone else.

I don’t think we’re heading for the rocks but that smacks of a Costa Concordia mentality.
Our manager appointed his backroom staff, but it seems that Bill wants him to ditch them.? In other words the bloke at the helm takes no responsibility but blames everyone else. I don’t think we’re heading for the rocks but that smacks of a Costa Concordia mentality. Edsoni
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

pip007 says...

gazlan wrote:
They will need to use their own imaginations in the vital final third because NW cannot offer any. I agree, great looking defence, but woeful lack of tactics up front. Game after game we just don't look as if we have any set moves to create space or opening to take a shot on goal. Only banjo had a meaningful shot on goal on Saturday and that was from his own powerful run. Coulson continues to create openings but there is rarely enough of our players in the box to increase our shooting or heading opportunities. I did get to the Plymouth game but apart from the odd moments of fluid passing football and energy from the players, generally this years offerings from Nigel Worthington has been turgid depressing stuff. I truly believe the players are being let down by their coaching staff. As a consequence I can see those that can leaving this summer whether they are offered contracts or not. ie Lanre.
I'd like to see Worthington to start imagining what might happen if he threw on MacDonald with 15 minutes to go. I'd like our journeymen strikers to imagine they were proper goal scorers. I think it was Walt Disney who said "If you can dream it you can do it." Not really sure it works in football but I'm going to imagine finishing the season as champions.
[quote][p][bold]gazlan[/bold] wrote: They will need to use their own imaginations in the vital final third because NW cannot offer any. I agree, great looking defence, but woeful lack of tactics up front. Game after game we just don't look as if we have any set moves to create space or opening to take a shot on goal. Only banjo had a meaningful shot on goal on Saturday and that was from his own powerful run. Coulson continues to create openings but there is rarely enough of our players in the box to increase our shooting or heading opportunities. I did get to the Plymouth game but apart from the odd moments of fluid passing football and energy from the players, generally this years offerings from Nigel Worthington has been turgid depressing stuff. I truly believe the players are being let down by their coaching staff. As a consequence I can see those that can leaving this summer whether they are offered contracts or not. ie Lanre.[/p][/quote]I'd like to see Worthington to start imagining what might happen if he threw on MacDonald with 15 minutes to go. I'd like our journeymen strikers to imagine they were proper goal scorers. I think it was Walt Disney who said "If you can dream it you can do it." Not really sure it works in football but I'm going to imagine finishing the season as champions. pip007
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

dadster says...

For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts.

I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season.

The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January.

We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay.

I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target.

Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club.

Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing.

I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task.
For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts. I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season. The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January. We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay. I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target. Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club. Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing. I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task. dadster
  • Score: 31

9:09pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Edsoni says...

I actually thought that we were quite good in the first half. (certainly first half hour)
In the first half when they lost their young centre, the mid field had more space because their right back moved inside to be replaced by their long throw expert from midfield.
And we prospered somewhat. Our movement exploited the space.

Second half; the pressure that Coulson was facing from their centre halves diminished his effectiveness until he was able to get into a wider position to create arguably our only half chance. Although willing Coulson's not a target man but red card memories hovered over the one who should have been mixing it.

Our ball retention was appalling and the issue for me was the delayed substitution.
I thought Jarvis should have replaced Hayhurst and allowed Coulson to go wide.
Then Bowman would have been the next to go if he didn’t perk up.
In the second, apart from Coulson, only Jarvis carried the ball forward in a bright but too brief cameo, but again Nigel may be looking at the longer picture in delaying his introduction..
Defensively, I thought Lowe was immense and we certainly looked solid.

First half we looked like a football team, second half we were drifting back to hoofball but a point is a point.

Safety first doesn’t entertain but I agree with dadster that at least it should mean next season we’re plying our trade against both our recent Wembley friends and it may turn out to be all five. I also agree that the start of next season is key to where we're going. We have a solid base -what kind of springboard will it prove to be?
I actually thought that we were quite good in the first half. (certainly first half hour) In the first half when they lost their young centre, the mid field had more space because their right back moved inside to be replaced by their long throw expert from midfield. And we prospered somewhat. Our movement exploited the space. Second half; the pressure that Coulson was facing from their centre halves diminished his effectiveness until he was able to get into a wider position to create arguably our only half chance. Although willing Coulson's not a target man but red card memories hovered over the one who should have been mixing it. Our ball retention was appalling and the issue for me was the delayed substitution. I thought Jarvis should have replaced Hayhurst and allowed Coulson to go wide. Then Bowman would have been the next to go if he didn’t perk up. In the second, apart from Coulson, only Jarvis carried the ball forward in a bright but too brief cameo, but again Nigel may be looking at the longer picture in delaying his introduction.. Defensively, I thought Lowe was immense and we certainly looked solid. First half we looked like a football team, second half we were drifting back to hoofball but a point is a point. Safety first doesn’t entertain but I agree with dadster that at least it should mean next season we’re plying our trade against both our recent Wembley friends and it may turn out to be all five. I also agree that the start of next season is key to where we're going. We have a solid base -what kind of springboard will it prove to be? Edsoni
  • Score: 4

3:54am Tue 25 Feb 14

Tug job says...

dadster wrote:
For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts.

I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season.

The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January.

We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay.

I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target.

Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club.

Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing.

I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task.
Interesting comment about NW having had a "generally poor" summer recruitment as of the eight players you include in your nucleus of a good side for next season six were recruited in the summer.
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts. I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season. The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January. We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay. I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target. Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club. Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing. I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task.[/p][/quote]Interesting comment about NW having had a "generally poor" summer recruitment as of the eight players you include in your nucleus of a good side for next season six were recruited in the summer. Tug job
  • Score: 1

8:34am Tue 25 Feb 14

dadster says...

Tug job wrote:
dadster wrote:
For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts.

I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season.

The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January.

We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay.

I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target.

Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club.

Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing.

I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task.
Interesting comment about NW having had a "generally poor" summer recruitment as of the eight players you include in your nucleus of a good side for next season six were recruited in the summer.
What i meant by "generally poor" was that NW failed to address two key areas in central defence and central midfield. Yes he signed Montrose but we needed at least two others. This lack of quality signings in the summer led us to having too many loans for the first half of the season and this was only put right in Jan.

I didn't count Carson as a summer recruit as he was signed midway through Sept which was 6 weeks into the season.
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: For me the time to really judge NW in terms of the type of football he gets the team to play will be the first 10-12 games next season. It's obvious that the main target this season was one of consolidation and slow progress to the point where we achieve not only a solid mid table position but have in place a core of a squad that has the right level of youth and L2 experience with players on longer term contracts. I have no doubt we will achieve a mid table position and with the likes of Fletcher, Bowman, Jarvis, McCombe, Lowe, Carson, Montrose and Penn we have IMO the nucleus of a good squad for next season. The key for me is how NW performs in the summer transfer window and whether he can keep the likes of Banjo, Reed and Coulson. He had a generally poor one last summer and a generally good one in January. We all know the areas that still need strengthening and I'm sure NW will address these and hopefully learn from the mistakes made last summer with the likes of Clay. I don't think we'll see too much expansive football played this season as I feel NW will still go for a more pragmatic approach to achieve the aforementioned target. Personally speaking I would obviously like to see better entertainment like the rest of us but am prepared to be patient as long as we continue to pick up points as we have done since the turn of the year. I've said all along its all about evolution not revolution for us as we continue to consolidate ourselves back as a league club. Chesterfield apart I have yet to see another team in L2 who play what I would class as attractive football. The fact is this league is very attritional as proved by the number of draws a lot of teams produce and the fact the league is so tight from 8th downwards. It seems to me a lot of teams play with fear and a safety first mentality and coupled with the fact there is little to choose in terms of quality between teams then the result is the type of games we are seeing. I'm not trying to excuse the type of football that NW serves up but merely trying to understand why and what he's trying to achieve moving forward. Lets face it none of us want to drop back into the abyss of non-league again and I think the massive scare we had last year is still having an effect this year in terms of how NW is approaching the task.[/p][/quote]Interesting comment about NW having had a "generally poor" summer recruitment as of the eight players you include in your nucleus of a good side for next season six were recruited in the summer.[/p][/quote]What i meant by "generally poor" was that NW failed to address two key areas in central defence and central midfield. Yes he signed Montrose but we needed at least two others. This lack of quality signings in the summer led us to having too many loans for the first half of the season and this was only put right in Jan. I didn't count Carson as a summer recruit as he was signed midway through Sept which was 6 weeks into the season. dadster
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Tiggster says...

Surely its the manager who should also be using his imagination?? Imagining a plan on how we are going to score goals as well as not concede them. Imagining having a plan B and C during games when we havent scored. Imagining why we buy a teenage striker with pace to burn who other clubs were after and not playing him. Imagining what its like to pay good money to watch what is being served up at times by his team.....
Surely its the manager who should also be using his imagination?? Imagining a plan on how we are going to score goals as well as not concede them. Imagining having a plan B and C during games when we havent scored. Imagining why we buy a teenage striker with pace to burn who other clubs were after and not playing him. Imagining what its like to pay good money to watch what is being served up at times by his team..... Tiggster
  • Score: 12

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