Match report: York City 2, Exeter City 1 - Sky Bet League Two

York City 2, Exeter City 1

Striker Michael Coulson celebrates his strike in York City's 2-1 victory over Exeter City

York City midfielder Adam Reed tries to out-smart an Exeter City foe

Minstermen winger Will Hayhurst runs at the Grecians rearguard

John McCombe celebrates his goal

John McCombe is congratulated on his goal against Exeter City at Bootham Crescent

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FREE health checks were being conducted at Bootham Crescent before York City’s Sky Bet League Two examination against Exeter.

Had they been made available at the final whistle, however, the queue for medical MOTs might have been longer following a display that initially set the pulses of City supporters racing before testing their blood pressure levels to the maximum.

Having waited more than six-and-a-half hours to witness a home goal, the Minstermen faithful celebrated two in less than ten first-half minutes on Saturday as John McCombe and Michael Coulson put their side in the ascendancy against the Grecians.

But, shortly after Coulson’s excellent strike, Scot Bennett reduced the deficit on 28 minutes and Exeter were the better side for the remainder of a game that saw Worthington’s team fade as an attacking force after the interval for a second successive weekend.

That placed intense pressure on the hosts’ back four but, with McCombe and central-defensive partner Keith Lowe once more to the fore, the Devon side could not muster an equaliser.

Earlier, City had enjoyed the different challenge presented by Paul Tisdale’s cultured side following a run of bruising and uncompromising contests at Bootham Crescent.

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Exeter only committed their first foul on 26 minutes and, even then, the incident, which led to the hosts’ second goal, seemed more a case of Will Hayhurst winning a free-kick, rather than his alleged assailant conceding it.

City quickly got to grips with proceedings after John O’Flynn had kicked fresh air in front of Nick Pope’s goal when presented with an excellent chance to volley a Matthew Gill free-kick, chipped into the home penalty box in the first minute.

Russell Penn’s 25-yard shot bounced wide shortly afterwards and Lowe also headed into Artur Krysiak’s hands from a Reed cross.

With the visitors looking vulnerable to pace through the centre of their defence, Ryan Bowman also burst on to a Reed through ball on 12 minutes but the striker, now without a goal during ten-and-a-half hours of pitch time, lifted his edge-of-the-box effort over an advancing Krysiak only to see the ball bounce off the roof of the net.

Bowman went on to take an early shot from 25 yards that was saved by Krysiak after a poor kick from the former on-loan Minsterman.

The Polish net-minder was beaten, however, on 17 minutes after Coulson won a corner through the left channel following good combination play between Bowman and Hayhurst.

Reed delivered the resulting corner with his customary precision to the far post where towering centre-back McCombe headed in his third goal in as many matches.

City doubled their advantage on when Hayhurst swung in a left-wing delivery that found Bowman in a similar position to that occupied by McCombe moments before.

This time, the ex-Hereford forward opted to head back to Coulson, who showed immaculate control to collect the ball, turn nimbly and fire a powerful shot past Krysiak from 12 yards.

Within seconds, Jimmy Keohane’s deflected shot hit the roof of the David Longhurst Stand but his subsequent corner found the head of Jordan Moore-Taylor and Bennett stole in front of Pope to hook the ball into a vacated goal from four yards.

At the other end, Lowe nodded wide from another Reed corner to the far post before an entertaining half drew to a close. Following the interval, a weak 20-yard Reed effort failed to trouble Krysiak after referee Richard Clark had played advantage despite Craig Woodman’s attempts to halt Coulson in a headlock.

That 50th-minute shot would prove the home side’s last of any description, however, until Coulson drove wide from 25 yards deep into stoppage time.

Against a back five that has yet to concede a goal from open play during the five games they have been teamed together, however, Exeter still struggled to make their superior possession levels count.

Liam Sercombe tried his luck with two edge-of-the-box efforts – the first flashing narrowly over and the second being saved down to his left by Pope.

Irish striker O’Flynn then squandered the Grecians’ best chance of an equaliser when the ball fell to his feet eight yards from goal after Keohane’s low drive struck McCombe.

With only an exposed Pope to beat, though, the former Barnet forward shot wastefully against the on-loan ’keeper’s right-hand upright.

Keohane went on to volley wide from 25 yards following a headed Lowe clearance before Worthington decided to pack his midfield for the final 15 minutes, introducing Lewis Montrose and leaving fellow replacement Ryan Jarvis alone in attack.

Following that tactical switch, Pope still needed to react well to keep out O’Flynn’s deflected eight-yard shot as the City held on for an anxious three points.

The Nuffield Health practitioners had long since departed by then but City look in rude health now with a dozen fixtures to play – sitting seven points adrift of the play-off places and ten clear of the relegation zone.


Match facts

York City 2 (McCombe 17; Coulson 26), Exeter City 1 (Bennett 28)

York City

Nick Pope 7
Might have been more forceful for Exeter’s goal but helped his team secure all three points in the second half.

Lanre Oyebanjo 7
Reliable in defence and made his trademark forward surges when possible and prudent.

Keith Lowe 8
Always in the right position to head away and clear his lines, staying focused and disciplined until the final whistle.

John McCombe 8
STAR MAN – commanding in the air at both ends of the pitch and a resolute figure throughout.

Ben Davies 7
Solid in general and kept his concentration for the majority of the match against the threatening Sercombe.

Josh Carson 7
Plugged away but found it hard at times to provide attacking inspiration from the flanks.

Russell Penn 7
Penalised repeatedly for fouls but made his presence felt in the middle of the pitch.

Adam Reed 8
Involved in many of City’s most creative moments, both in general play and from set-piece situations.

Will Hayhurst 7
Gave his team the early impetus with several positive raids down the left wing.

Ryan Bowman 7
Lacking confidence in front of goal but made a typical leap to tee up Coulson’s goal.

Michael Coulson 7
Great turn and finish for his second goal of the season and showed graft and craft in equal measure.

Subs: Ryan Jarvis (for Hayhurst, 70), Lewis Montrose (for Bowman, 76), Tom Platt (for Reed, 89). Not used: David McGurk, Michael Ingham, Sander Puri, Chris Dickinson.


Exeter City

Artur Krysiak, Scot Bennett, Danny Coles, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Craig Woodman, Liam Sercombe, Matt Oakley, Matt Gill (Matt Grimes, 58), Arron Davies (Tom Nichols, 70), John O’Flynn, Jimmy Keohane (Eliot Richards, 78). Subs not used: Danny Butterfield, Jamie Reid, Sam Parkin, Christy Pym.

Star man: Sercombe – threatened when he ran with the ball.

Referee: Richard Clark (Amble).

Rating: 6/10 – puzzled many with several free-kick decisions.

Booked: Bennett 47, Carson 62, Nichols 88.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,212 (220 from Exeter).

Shots on target: City 5, Exeter 4.

Shots off target: City 5, Exeter 5.

Corners: City 7, Exeter 3.

Fouls conceded: City 14, Exeter 11.

Offsides: City 4, Exeter 2.

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5:40pm Sat 1 Mar 14

SelseyBill says...

Well done city. Just keep scoring and all will be well. Playoffs here we come. Can't wait too hear what the fans have to say.
Well done city. Just keep scoring and all will be well. Playoffs here we come. Can't wait too hear what the fans have to say. SelseyBill
  • Score: -11

5:58pm Sat 1 Mar 14

dadster says...

We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least.

Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again.

Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us.

Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again.
We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least. Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again. Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us. Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again. dadster
  • Score: 21

5:59pm Sat 1 Mar 14

NottsExile says...

I don't doubt that we will hear from the glass-half-empty posters but in this league at this stage of a fascinatingly close season, I will happily accept a few ugly wins rather than gloriously entertaining and attractive defeats.

Grinding out wins is essential, so I toast my half full glass to three points and a step closer to safety.
Well done everyone, and well spotted Mr Worthington in shoring up the midfield at a crucial point in the game.
I don't doubt that we will hear from the glass-half-empty posters but in this league at this stage of a fascinatingly close season, I will happily accept a few ugly wins rather than gloriously entertaining and attractive defeats. Grinding out wins is essential, so I toast my half full glass to three points and a step closer to safety. Well done everyone, and well spotted Mr Worthington in shoring up the midfield at a crucial point in the game. NottsExile
  • Score: 23

6:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

yorkandproud says...

What was all that about in the last half hour. The tactics employed were beyond me, and we basically invited Exeter to come on to us. Jarvis might as well have joined in with the defence too, for what chance he had of scoring, up there on his own. Coulson dropped deep too, so there was ten behind the ball, just asking Exeter to come and score. They nearly did too. Three points welcome yes, but come on Nigel, let's not play like that again.
What was all that about in the last half hour. The tactics employed were beyond me, and we basically invited Exeter to come on to us. Jarvis might as well have joined in with the defence too, for what chance he had of scoring, up there on his own. Coulson dropped deep too, so there was ten behind the ball, just asking Exeter to come and score. They nearly did too. Three points welcome yes, but come on Nigel, let's not play like that again. yorkandproud
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Sat 1 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

A very narrow win, but a fully deserved win in my opinion (Exeter fans may rue their missed chances, but its goals that count). We played extremely well up until their scrappy goal, after which we sat back too much and let them attack - a risky strategy and not great to watch, but it paid off this time. Being closer to the play offs than to the drop is exactly where we need to be, so well done everyone involved.
A very narrow win, but a fully deserved win in my opinion (Exeter fans may rue their missed chances, but its goals that count). We played extremely well up until their scrappy goal, after which we sat back too much and let them attack - a risky strategy and not great to watch, but it paid off this time. Being closer to the play offs than to the drop is exactly where we need to be, so well done everyone involved. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 5

6:44pm Sat 1 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

NottsExile wrote:
I don't doubt that we will hear from the glass-half-empty posters but in this league at this stage of a fascinatingly close season, I will happily accept a few ugly wins rather than gloriously entertaining and attractive defeats.

Grinding out wins is essential, so I toast my half full glass to three points and a step closer to safety.
Well done everyone, and well spotted Mr Worthington in shoring up the midfield at a crucial point in the game.
How right you are NE, We will be grinding out a few more before the the season ends, there's nothing wrong in that the teams below us will be doing the same, No it wasn't a great game , But if we finish in the play offs there will be a few that will look back and include this game as an important 3pts.
I agree with Dadster , it is really time NW gave Puri a run.
[quote][p][bold]NottsExile[/bold] wrote: I don't doubt that we will hear from the glass-half-empty posters but in this league at this stage of a fascinatingly close season, I will happily accept a few ugly wins rather than gloriously entertaining and attractive defeats. Grinding out wins is essential, so I toast my half full glass to three points and a step closer to safety. Well done everyone, and well spotted Mr Worthington in shoring up the midfield at a crucial point in the game.[/p][/quote]How right you are NE, We will be grinding out a few more before the the season ends, there's nothing wrong in that the teams below us will be doing the same, No it wasn't a great game , But if we finish in the play offs there will be a few that will look back and include this game as an important 3pts. I agree with Dadster , it is really time NW gave Puri a run. bill bailey
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Great result but a hairy second half with Exeter looking bright but fortunately
not sharp. Another excellent game from McCombe and Lowe. Bowman didn't,t need a shower as he never broke sweat and was lazy in second half. I would have swapped him for Jarvis earlier. Up to 10th and 10 points in front of a relegation place. I think the play offs are a step beyond us this season but not next season. Wes Fletcher badly missed again today.
Great result but a hairy second half with Exeter looking bright but fortunately not sharp. Another excellent game from McCombe and Lowe. Bowman didn't,t need a shower as he never broke sweat and was lazy in second half. I would have swapped him for Jarvis earlier. Up to 10th and 10 points in front of a relegation place. I think the play offs are a step beyond us this season but not next season. Wes Fletcher badly missed again today. ian923
  • Score: 11

7:17pm Sat 1 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Ok first half, god knows what the half time team talk was? We were shocking second half but ground out 3 points so I'm content
Ok first half, god knows what the half time team talk was? We were shocking second half but ground out 3 points so I'm content T.R.M1974
  • Score: 9

7:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

This game was hardly a classic, but who cares, the result was just what we needed. I am more pleased about the gap between us and the bottom two getting larger, than the gap between us and the play-off teams getting smaller. Preserving our league status has to be the number one target. To be honest the play-offs look to be a step too far this season. We need to consolidate, and then strengthen the squad, before we have those kind of aspirations.
This game was hardly a classic, but who cares, the result was just what we needed. I am more pleased about the gap between us and the bottom two getting larger, than the gap between us and the play-off teams getting smaller. Preserving our league status has to be the number one target. To be honest the play-offs look to be a step too far this season. We need to consolidate, and then strengthen the squad, before we have those kind of aspirations. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 28

7:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

AB- says...

Remember last season against Exeter, City all over them in 1st half then Exeter gave GM a tactical lesson in football, YCFC went on to lose 1-2, this year we stayed strong and altered tactics and get 3 scruffy points Well done NW on changing the shape to counteract Tisdale's challenge.
Remember last season against Exeter, City all over them in 1st half then Exeter gave GM a tactical lesson in football, YCFC went on to lose 1-2, this year we stayed strong and altered tactics and get 3 scruffy points Well done NW on changing the shape to counteract Tisdale's challenge. AB-
  • Score: 22

8:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

bh12man says...

yorkandproud wrote:
What was all that about in the last half hour. The tactics employed were beyond me, and we basically invited Exeter to come on to us. Jarvis might as well have joined in with the defence too, for what chance he had of scoring, up there on his own. Coulson dropped deep too, so there was ten behind the ball, just asking Exeter to come and score. They nearly did too. Three points welcome yes, but come on Nigel, let's not play like that again.
Couldn't agree more with this posting, but the circumstances of the game have to be considered.
Once we went two up I genuinely thought if we could get the next goal then we could go on and win comfortably. But we then conceded a really poor goal soon after our second, and from that point on we barely created a chance - sound familiar at BC?
We survived courtesy of some last gasp defending and contender for miss of the season, but it surely doesn’t help with only one player up front for 20 minutes or so. NW will say it is professional and the result suggests he is more right than me....but it’s also inviting the sort of pressure we saw.
The absence of Fletcher was again very telling, and the front players (except Coulson) were once again disappointing. Bowman looked a shadow of the player he appeared to be a few weeks ago, the surprise being he stayed on for so long. And, for all his effort, there is little end product currently from Carson IMO. Not sure what Puri is doing wrong on the training ground?
And what about Shaquille McDonald? You’d have thought the media would have asked about his continued absence from the matchday teamsheet given the fanfare that greeted his arrival.
I'm genuinely pleased with the result, as it was psychologically important to record a win and a couple of goals at home. The results went for us as well, so the end justified the means. But it’s awful to watch, and you can’t help but think that there’s a lack of expression allowed on the pitch.
Maybe I expect too much, I would have bitten your hand off for a 2-1 win at 3 o’clock!
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: What was all that about in the last half hour. The tactics employed were beyond me, and we basically invited Exeter to come on to us. Jarvis might as well have joined in with the defence too, for what chance he had of scoring, up there on his own. Coulson dropped deep too, so there was ten behind the ball, just asking Exeter to come and score. They nearly did too. Three points welcome yes, but come on Nigel, let's not play like that again.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more with this posting, but the circumstances of the game have to be considered. Once we went two up I genuinely thought if we could get the next goal then we could go on and win comfortably. But we then conceded a really poor goal soon after our second, and from that point on we barely created a chance - sound familiar at BC? We survived courtesy of some last gasp defending and contender for miss of the season, but it surely doesn’t help with only one player up front for 20 minutes or so. NW will say it is professional and the result suggests he is more right than me....but it’s also inviting the sort of pressure we saw. The absence of Fletcher was again very telling, and the front players (except Coulson) were once again disappointing. Bowman looked a shadow of the player he appeared to be a few weeks ago, the surprise being he stayed on for so long. And, for all his effort, there is little end product currently from Carson IMO. Not sure what Puri is doing wrong on the training ground? And what about Shaquille McDonald? You’d have thought the media would have asked about his continued absence from the matchday teamsheet given the fanfare that greeted his arrival. I'm genuinely pleased with the result, as it was psychologically important to record a win and a couple of goals at home. The results went for us as well, so the end justified the means. But it’s awful to watch, and you can’t help but think that there’s a lack of expression allowed on the pitch. Maybe I expect too much, I would have bitten your hand off for a 2-1 win at 3 o’clock! bh12man
  • Score: 8

8:37pm Sat 1 Mar 14

23rdApril1966 says...

The result was all important an so agree that we' d have taken any win at 3pm . First 25 mins was much improved on the previous week but from the moment Exeter scored a soft goal it went rapidly downhill and the second half tactics simply invited trouble. Indebted again to Pope and two centre backs in second half, my what a difference they have made.
Carson, Bownan, Reed and Penn were all quiet and again Coulson was stand out player of front 6 but again looked spent midway through second half. Fletcher def a big miss.
A word for Davies who I have criticised in the past but I think he is now showing the benefit of a full season and could be a good asset for PNE next season.
So two ways to view things, either poor standard fare in second half or to reflect that over the course of a season we have lost games that have run a similar course when perhaps we deserved better.
I will just bag the points, 43 from 34. Would take a real slump not to collect the 10 from 12 that will likely be needed. Cannot believe the comments about play offs, we are not ready. More realistic aim for me to better 55 points and 17th (I think) from last season. Lucky away jumper with 3 wins from 3 packed and ready for the Wombles!
The result was all important an so agree that we' d have taken any win at 3pm . First 25 mins was much improved on the previous week but from the moment Exeter scored a soft goal it went rapidly downhill and the second half tactics simply invited trouble. Indebted again to Pope and two centre backs in second half, my what a difference they have made. Carson, Bownan, Reed and Penn were all quiet and again Coulson was stand out player of front 6 but again looked spent midway through second half. Fletcher def a big miss. A word for Davies who I have criticised in the past but I think he is now showing the benefit of a full season and could be a good asset for PNE next season. So two ways to view things, either poor standard fare in second half or to reflect that over the course of a season we have lost games that have run a similar course when perhaps we deserved better. I will just bag the points, 43 from 34. Would take a real slump not to collect the 10 from 12 that will likely be needed. Cannot believe the comments about play offs, we are not ready. More realistic aim for me to better 55 points and 17th (I think) from last season. Lucky away jumper with 3 wins from 3 packed and ready for the Wombles! 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 6

8:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

openallhours says...

Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.
Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team. openallhours
  • Score: -25

9:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

erniet says...

couldn't get there today but delighted with the result. I presume from the comments that the second half had elements of what happened against Southend when they played five across the middle in the second half and caused us some trouble. Perhaps that's why NW went to the one up front to close the game off down? Anyway, whatever the reason, it's worth noting that since New Years Day I reckon that's 6 won 3 drawn and 2 lost from 11 games. That would be promotion form! Hopefully we can keep it rolling and see where it takes us next season.
couldn't get there today but delighted with the result. I presume from the comments that the second half had elements of what happened against Southend when they played five across the middle in the second half and caused us some trouble. Perhaps that's why NW went to the one up front to close the game off down? Anyway, whatever the reason, it's worth noting that since New Years Day I reckon that's 6 won 3 drawn and 2 lost from 11 games. That would be promotion form! Hopefully we can keep it rolling and see where it takes us next season. erniet
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Sat 1 Mar 14

pip007 says...

7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.
7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it. pip007
  • Score: 7

9:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

openallhours says...

pip007 wrote:
7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.
You've changed yer tune... Lol
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: 7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.[/p][/quote]You've changed yer tune... Lol openallhours
  • Score: -9

9:41pm Sat 1 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

openallhours wrote:
Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.
SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while,
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.[/p][/quote]SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while, bill bailey
  • Score: -21

10:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

pip007 says...

openallhours wrote:
pip007 wrote:
7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.
You've changed yer tune... Lol
Only a fool isn't prepared to change his mind.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: 7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.[/p][/quote]You've changed yer tune... Lol[/p][/quote]Only a fool isn't prepared to change his mind. pip007
  • Score: 12

10:52pm Sat 1 Mar 14

haveapasty says...

Look at the next three games and we've got Wimbledon, Mansfield and Wycombe. Three very winnable games, if we win all three we will be in a very strong position regarding staying up and, quite possibly, in a late push for the play offs. While we may not be playing pretty, we aren't shipping goals like we were earlier this season, and nobody will want to face us as we are now a team to be reckoned with and teams are having to play very well to get through our defence and it is hard to beat us!
Look at the next three games and we've got Wimbledon, Mansfield and Wycombe. Three very winnable games, if we win all three we will be in a very strong position regarding staying up and, quite possibly, in a late push for the play offs. While we may not be playing pretty, we aren't shipping goals like we were earlier this season, and nobody will want to face us as we are now a team to be reckoned with and teams are having to play very well to get through our defence and it is hard to beat us! haveapasty
  • Score: 20

12:42am Sun 2 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

Rode our luck in the second half - good goalkeeping, last ditch defending and the width of a post ensured we got all three points. Beginning to wonder if it's fitness levels that are lacking as we do tend to begin very strong and then fade in the second half.
Rode our luck in the second half - good goalkeeping, last ditch defending and the width of a post ensured we got all three points. Beginning to wonder if it's fitness levels that are lacking as we do tend to begin very strong and then fade in the second half. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 0

8:55am Sun 2 Mar 14

openallhours says...

pip007 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
pip007 wrote:
7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.
You've changed yer tune... Lol
Only a fool isn't prepared to change his mind.
Cowards are known for always changing their minds. It was your 'foolish' recent comments regarding Worthington I was referring to.
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: 7th spot is up for grabs. We're in our best league position of the season. Time to shake off the 'relegation' thinking and just go for it.[/p][/quote]You've changed yer tune... Lol[/p][/quote]Only a fool isn't prepared to change his mind.[/p][/quote]Cowards are known for always changing their minds. It was your 'foolish' recent comments regarding Worthington I was referring to. openallhours
  • Score: -19

9:41am Sun 2 Mar 14

duffy says...

A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.
A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong. duffy
  • Score: 15

9:49am Sun 2 Mar 14

dangermoose says...

First and foremost a valuable 3 points. The performance was far from easy on the eye and we rode our luck at times in the 2nd half. But credit the boys for grafting and Pope, McCombe, Lowe, Penn and Coulson all did their jobs admirably. Reed had his best game since his return too, and Montrose came on and showed what a good player he can be.

Can't be bad though can it? Not at our best, yet we still can win a game. Well done Nigel and the lads, keep it up!
First and foremost a valuable 3 points. The performance was far from easy on the eye and we rode our luck at times in the 2nd half. But credit the boys for grafting and Pope, McCombe, Lowe, Penn and Coulson all did their jobs admirably. Reed had his best game since his return too, and Montrose came on and showed what a good player he can be. Can't be bad though can it? Not at our best, yet we still can win a game. Well done Nigel and the lads, keep it up! dangermoose
  • Score: 11

11:08am Sun 2 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

bill bailey wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.
SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while,
BB and OAH have very similar ideas and styles of writing - wonder if they are related in some way?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.[/p][/quote]SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while,[/p][/quote]BB and OAH have very similar ideas and styles of writing - wonder if they are related in some way? PositiveFootball
  • Score: 3

11:42am Sun 2 Mar 14

Boyer for England says...

dadster wrote:
We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least.

Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again.

Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us.

Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again.
I think you will find it was Reed that played the lovely ball for Bowman's chance and Reeds corner for first goal. Also Bowman that found Coulson with a header.
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least. Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again. Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us. Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again.[/p][/quote]I think you will find it was Reed that played the lovely ball for Bowman's chance and Reeds corner for first goal. Also Bowman that found Coulson with a header. Boyer for England
  • Score: 0

12:27pm Sun 2 Mar 14

dadster says...

Boyer for England wrote:
dadster wrote:
We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least.

Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again.

Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us.

Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again.
I think you will find it was Reed that played the lovely ball for Bowman's chance and Reeds corner for first goal. Also Bowman that found Coulson with a header.
My opinion is not based on sporadic bits of play in yesterday's game. I just think over the last few games all if those mentioned can do better over the course of 90mins. I do think they are all good players but at this present time are not playing to their potential IMO. I could highlight many occasions when they played poor passes, failed to hold the ball up or constantly hit the keeper with crosses. A spell on the bench may just do them good.
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: We were fortunate to win today but a very welcome 3 points with other results being kind also. Thought we played well until we scored our second but then we lost our way and we were very poor second half. Played far too deep and we never looked like scoring a third. Exeter deserved a point at least. Didn't understand our tactics second half as we simply invited pressure. I really think its time for Bowman, Reed and Carson to have a rest and let Jarvis, Montrose and Puri get their chance again. Thought Coulson was again our best attacking option but we could do with Fletcher back asap as he's a big loss for us. Overall another step towards our aim this season and a relief to see some goals at BC again.[/p][/quote]I think you will find it was Reed that played the lovely ball for Bowman's chance and Reeds corner for first goal. Also Bowman that found Coulson with a header.[/p][/quote]My opinion is not based on sporadic bits of play in yesterday's game. I just think over the last few games all if those mentioned can do better over the course of 90mins. I do think they are all good players but at this present time are not playing to their potential IMO. I could highlight many occasions when they played poor passes, failed to hold the ball up or constantly hit the keeper with crosses. A spell on the bench may just do them good. dadster
  • Score: 4

12:32pm Sun 2 Mar 14

heartbreaker says...

Think that should end our relegation fears... bar a horrendous collapse in our last 12 games. Play offs highly unlikely but still say let's go for it - much better to be looking up the table rather than down. Personally would be very happy with a top 10 finish, then 2 - 3 quality signings (left back, keeper, central midfielder) in the summer than crack on for a decent push at challenging next season. Luton and York promotion battle next season? Let's be honest we've missed our old foes (and guaranteed 6 points for the season) :)
Think that should end our relegation fears... bar a horrendous collapse in our last 12 games. Play offs highly unlikely but still say let's go for it - much better to be looking up the table rather than down. Personally would be very happy with a top 10 finish, then 2 - 3 quality signings (left back, keeper, central midfielder) in the summer than crack on for a decent push at challenging next season. Luton and York promotion battle next season? Let's be honest we've missed our old foes (and guaranteed 6 points for the season) :) heartbreaker
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Sun 2 Mar 14

lifelong says...

For the umpteenth home game in succession York came out and played with a good tempo and down the wings where we have speed and at times some skill. Coulson led the line very well and fully merited his goal. A scoreline of 2-0 reflected City's superiority and it seemed then that we were going to score a hatful of goals. Exeter were not in the game but within a couple of minutes were presented with a soft goal from a corner and from a position of being long time second best were back in the game.
Half time should have been a time for Worthington to tell the team to resume their attacking flair and put the game out of Exeter's reach. But the pattern of recent second half tactics once again took over and City's midfield was nowhere to be seen as the defence assumed a defensive line far too deep. Make no mistake York were lucky to get their victory, having to thank the post when the opposition were clean through and only Pope to beat.
Why does Worthington have to adopt these tactics. It gives the impression that the side is unfit and unable to maintain the tempo York set in the first halves of every game. Jarvis is not the player he was early season and did little when brought on as substitute. Reed too struggled and whilst he is an obvious favorite of the Manager Montrose should have been brought on earlier. Pope is now establishing himself as a capable keeper showing far more authority than his predecessor Ingham although I would like him to throw the ball out more than kicking rather aimlessly down field.
As has been pointed out by earlier correspondents it was an ugly win and we should be grateful for the number of teams now below us in the league. Torquay and Northampton are looking a little detached.
For the umpteenth home game in succession York came out and played with a good tempo and down the wings where we have speed and at times some skill. Coulson led the line very well and fully merited his goal. A scoreline of 2-0 reflected City's superiority and it seemed then that we were going to score a hatful of goals. Exeter were not in the game but within a couple of minutes were presented with a soft goal from a corner and from a position of being long time second best were back in the game. Half time should have been a time for Worthington to tell the team to resume their attacking flair and put the game out of Exeter's reach. But the pattern of recent second half tactics once again took over and City's midfield was nowhere to be seen as the defence assumed a defensive line far too deep. Make no mistake York were lucky to get their victory, having to thank the post when the opposition were clean through and only Pope to beat. Why does Worthington have to adopt these tactics. It gives the impression that the side is unfit and unable to maintain the tempo York set in the first halves of every game. Jarvis is not the player he was early season and did little when brought on as substitute. Reed too struggled and whilst he is an obvious favorite of the Manager Montrose should have been brought on earlier. Pope is now establishing himself as a capable keeper showing far more authority than his predecessor Ingham although I would like him to throw the ball out more than kicking rather aimlessly down field. As has been pointed out by earlier correspondents it was an ugly win and we should be grateful for the number of teams now below us in the league. Torquay and Northampton are looking a little detached. lifelong
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Sun 2 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

PositiveFootball wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.
SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while,
BB and OAH have very similar ideas and styles of writing - wonder if they are related in some way?
No OAH and I have crossed once or twice in the passed, I just think he made a valid post , and I believe mine was a fair one also...Only time will tell.
I have always said we could finish in the play offs now those that poopooed it are now changing their tune, one could say I saw something that they didn't.
[quote][p][bold]PositiveFootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Win ugly or lose pretty? Personally, I'll take the 3 points every time. First 20 minutes was excellent, and our goal from the corner was a sublime example of set piece play. Add to this Coulson's goal and the afternoon was set for a slaughter of the opposition. It didn't quite work out that way, but rewind to the 29th December when over 80% of the 'regular' posters on here were calling for Worthington to be sacked and we've come a long way (which I predicted we would). I'm delighted with our progress from this time last year, but for the record, RU55 PEN is not my cup of tea - in my opinion, he's the WEAK L1NK in this team.[/p][/quote]SHHHHHH. OAHs you and I have reminded the 80% that should they keep the faith back then , all will be well,( and I still believe we will finish in the play offs this season} But they gave us the thumbs down,, our position is not unlike that of when the club was promoted , one could say we got in the play offs then and got lucky , but we took it like the 3 pts today and then Mr Mills became the worshiped one..I agree Mr Penn needs like Mr Bowman to step up their game the last mentioned has had a god run but in my book should sit on the bench for a while,[/p][/quote]BB and OAH have very similar ideas and styles of writing - wonder if they are related in some way?[/p][/quote]No OAH and I have crossed once or twice in the passed, I just think he made a valid post , and I believe mine was a fair one also...Only time will tell. I have always said we could finish in the play offs now those that poopooed it are now changing their tune, one could say I saw something that they didn't. bill bailey
  • Score: -11

4:43pm Sun 2 Mar 14

york fan 13 says...

It may not have been a good performance but 3 points, with us near enough certain to stay up Luton are the team I am looking forward to, but 9 points from the next 3/4 games would then let us play with no fear and maybe achieve what everyone was saying is unachievable the play-offs COYR
It may not have been a good performance but 3 points, with us near enough certain to stay up Luton are the team I am looking forward to, but 9 points from the next 3/4 games would then let us play with no fear and maybe achieve what everyone was saying is unachievable the play-offs COYR york fan 13
  • Score: 0

7:58pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Jono1966 says...

duffy wrote:
A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.
Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.[/p][/quote]Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR. Jono1966
  • Score: 4

8:28pm Sun 2 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Once again we missed Wes Fletcher up front, he holds the ball up well and worries defences. I hope that todays Football League paper is wrong, because it says that "York City striker Wes Fletcher is attracting attention from Doncaster Rovers". Fletcher still has 12months left on his contract at City.
Once again we missed Wes Fletcher up front, he holds the ball up well and worries defences. I hope that todays Football League paper is wrong, because it says that "York City striker Wes Fletcher is attracting attention from Doncaster Rovers". Fletcher still has 12months left on his contract at City. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 1

8:57pm Sun 2 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Once again we missed Wes Fletcher up front, he holds the ball up well and worries defences. I hope that todays Football League paper is wrong, because it says that "York City striker Wes Fletcher is attracting attention from Doncaster Rovers". Fletcher still has 12months left on his contract at City.
I would tell Wes don't listen to paper talk .keep playing well and your destination will be higher than Doncaster, MK Dons, and Preston. those clubs are flying kites, you'll know when its time to move on the gaffer will let you know whats best for you. don't let gossip unsettle you.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Once again we missed Wes Fletcher up front, he holds the ball up well and worries defences. I hope that todays Football League paper is wrong, because it says that "York City striker Wes Fletcher is attracting attention from Doncaster Rovers". Fletcher still has 12months left on his contract at City.[/p][/quote]I would tell Wes don't listen to paper talk .keep playing well and your destination will be higher than Doncaster, MK Dons, and Preston. those clubs are flying kites, you'll know when its time to move on the gaffer will let you know whats best for you. don't let gossip unsettle you. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

5:28am Mon 3 Mar 14

cambersdad says...

Jono1966 wrote:
duffy wrote: A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.
Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR.
i agree with you jono but i'm afraid this is what we are going to keep getting with NW he is just to defence minded, a clean sheet always his top prioritory, like i've said before nothing against NW i think he's doing a solid job but this is his style and this is how he thinks the game should be played, not entertaining football but we should be pretty much safe now so can hopefully have a stress free run in and look forward to next season when NW can strenghen his back ten and we can keep even more clean sheets ha ha (only kidding bill before you have a go at me)
[quote][p][bold]Jono1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.[/p][/quote]Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR.[/p][/quote]i agree with you jono but i'm afraid this is what we are going to keep getting with NW he is just to defence minded, a clean sheet always his top prioritory, like i've said before nothing against NW i think he's doing a solid job but this is his style and this is how he thinks the game should be played, not entertaining football but we should be pretty much safe now so can hopefully have a stress free run in and look forward to next season when NW can strenghen his back ten and we can keep even more clean sheets ha ha (only kidding bill before you have a go at me) cambersdad
  • Score: 0

11:38am Mon 3 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

It shows everyone sees the game differently, but there are a few of the player ratings in the match report that raised my eyebrows. To my mind, Banjo and Bowman were well off form, with Banjo's distribution and Bowman's work-rate dragging the performance down - they'd be getting 5's from me I think. I might also have given Coulson a higher score, as he certainly had more of an impact than Coulson or Reed. Wouldn't argue with the man-of-the match too much though, McCombe (and Lowe) both had good games.
It shows everyone sees the game differently, but there are a few of the player ratings in the match report that raised my eyebrows. To my mind, Banjo and Bowman were well off form, with Banjo's distribution and Bowman's work-rate dragging the performance down - they'd be getting 5's from me I think. I might also have given Coulson a higher score, as he certainly had more of an impact than Coulson or Reed. Wouldn't argue with the man-of-the match too much though, McCombe (and Lowe) both had good games. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 9

12:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

NotInOz says...

Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong!
Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong! NotInOz
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Phil, Leeds says...

NotInOz wrote:
Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong!
Yes, highly unlikely to win 8 or 9 of the last 12 games. What would be nice is when we get to the safety mark - c52 points - to then give the fans some entertainment over the last few games especially at home.
Re Saturday's game, the soft goal conceded changed the game but at least we hung on thanks partly to some poor finishing. Was really disappointed with Bowman, he was taking ages to come back from offside positions which on more than one occasion thwarted promising attacking positions. He needs a kick up the arse.
[quote][p][bold]NotInOz[/bold] wrote: Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong![/p][/quote]Yes, highly unlikely to win 8 or 9 of the last 12 games. What would be nice is when we get to the safety mark - c52 points - to then give the fans some entertainment over the last few games especially at home. Re Saturday's game, the soft goal conceded changed the game but at least we hung on thanks partly to some poor finishing. Was really disappointed with Bowman, he was taking ages to come back from offside positions which on more than one occasion thwarted promising attacking positions. He needs a kick up the arse. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 1

6:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
NotInOz wrote:
Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong!
Yes, highly unlikely to win 8 or 9 of the last 12 games. What would be nice is when we get to the safety mark - c52 points - to then give the fans some entertainment over the last few games especially at home.
Re Saturday's game, the soft goal conceded changed the game but at least we hung on thanks partly to some poor finishing. Was really disappointed with Bowman, he was taking ages to come back from offside positions which on more than one occasion thwarted promising attacking positions. He needs a kick up the arse.
What you've said about bowman is bang on, he reminds me of a few players we've had over the last few years. You think they will be a really good player but only come up with the goods in 1 in 5 games.
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NotInOz[/bold] wrote: Ref play-offs debate. Of our rivals for 7th place Southend currently have the best points per game at 1.47. If everyone else continues at their current points/game rate for the rest of the season we would need 69 points minimum to get into the playoffs. That means winning 8 and drawing 2 of our last 12 games (nearly 2.2 points per game). We would need to take a minimum 5 points from away days at Oxford, Rochdale and Scunthorpe and home ties with Newport and Burton - all teams that will be looking for a win in support of their own ambitions. We would also have to take maximum points in games against teams fighting for their league existance - Mansfield, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Torquay and Accrington. It's possible and personally from where we are I would like to see us go for it - but it means a step up even from the form we have been showing since the New Year and realistically looks like a challenge too far. Now I really hope that the lads go out and prove the stats wrong![/p][/quote]Yes, highly unlikely to win 8 or 9 of the last 12 games. What would be nice is when we get to the safety mark - c52 points - to then give the fans some entertainment over the last few games especially at home. Re Saturday's game, the soft goal conceded changed the game but at least we hung on thanks partly to some poor finishing. Was really disappointed with Bowman, he was taking ages to come back from offside positions which on more than one occasion thwarted promising attacking positions. He needs a kick up the arse.[/p][/quote]What you've said about bowman is bang on, he reminds me of a few players we've had over the last few years. You think they will be a really good player but only come up with the goods in 1 in 5 games. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 5

9:51pm Mon 3 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

BTW The lads in the Shippo kept things going when things were looking a bit dodgy. Well done!
BTW The lads in the Shippo kept things going when things were looking a bit dodgy. Well done! PositiveFootball
  • Score: 3

9:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

cambersdad wrote:
Jono1966 wrote:
duffy wrote: A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.
Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR.
i agree with you jono but i'm afraid this is what we are going to keep getting with NW he is just to defence minded, a clean sheet always his top prioritory, like i've said before nothing against NW i think he's doing a solid job but this is his style and this is how he thinks the game should be played, not entertaining football but we should be pretty much safe now so can hopefully have a stress free run in and look forward to next season when NW can strenghen his back ten and we can keep even more clean sheets ha ha (only kidding bill before you have a go at me)
Cambersdad, what you say has merit, We might get P***** of with his game plan but he protects the long term security of the club , he knows how important it is to the 3000 + supporters , we have to put our trust in him to develop a sound base for next season, I for one can see he's doing that, I think he has signed a couple of players that have question marks against them, I think hes done a good job this last year, its a year of consolidation I think hes doing that don't you ? You always look at the wider picture and presents a good supportive view of the club. One question mark is who will we find difficult too hold on too for next season
whatever is said on here there are seven players we cant afford to loose,
therefore there will be a jugging act with the wage bill.
[quote][p][bold]cambersdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jono1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: A game of two halves, very good first 30 minutes and I honestly thought we could go on and score four or five but we gave away a pretty poor goal and then sat far too deep second half. We do miss Fletcher as Bowman really struggles to hold the ball up and is actually going backwards at the moment along with Carson who was very poor. Coulson was easily the best player up front but it's the centre halves that won us that game. Exeter were very unlucky in my view but hey it's a win. Do we have enough to finish top seven ? It's going to be very difficult with the number of games left and I honestly don't think the team is there yet, three players short of what's needed for me but I hope to be proven wrong.[/p][/quote]Agree with Duffy's post in relation to Josh Carson in that he did not really get on the ball and was less effective than Hayhurst in terms of deliveries into the box. Still struggle to understand why he is stuck out on the right flank as he migrates towards the touch line. I would not question his effort but I like all young players you need to know when to give them a rest. I thought Reed was a little better than previous weeks but the most improvement is our back 5 who are looking like a solid unit. Only problem is they suffer when our midfield sit on their toes like in the second half yesterday - we had no outlet so just invited ever increasing pressure and road our luck. Happy with the 3 points but after 30 minutes I thought we would win at a canter rather than ending the game hanging on ! Making the trip to Wimbledon and hope that we are positive from the off as we look so much better when we take the game to the opposition. COYR.[/p][/quote]i agree with you jono but i'm afraid this is what we are going to keep getting with NW he is just to defence minded, a clean sheet always his top prioritory, like i've said before nothing against NW i think he's doing a solid job but this is his style and this is how he thinks the game should be played, not entertaining football but we should be pretty much safe now so can hopefully have a stress free run in and look forward to next season when NW can strenghen his back ten and we can keep even more clean sheets ha ha (only kidding bill before you have a go at me)[/p][/quote]Cambersdad, what you say has merit, We might get P***** of with his game plan but he protects the long term security of the club , he knows how important it is to the 3000 + supporters , we have to put our trust in him to develop a sound base for next season, I for one can see he's doing that, I think he has signed a couple of players that have question marks against them, I think hes done a good job this last year, its a year of consolidation I think hes doing that don't you ? You always look at the wider picture and presents a good supportive view of the club. One question mark is who will we find difficult too hold on too for next season whatever is said on here there are seven players we cant afford to loose, therefore there will be a jugging act with the wage bill. bill bailey
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