York City beat Portsmouth 1-0 to move into Sky Bet League Two play-off zone

York City beat Portsmouth 1-0 to move into Sky Bet League Two play-off zone

York City celebrate Michael Coulson's winner at Portsmouth

York City's Michael Coulson beats Portsmouth goalkeeper Trevor Carson at Fratton Park

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YORK City gatecrashed the Sky Bet League Two play-off zone with a 1-0 victory at fallen giants Portsmouth.

The Minstermen took the lead after five minutes through in-form front man Michael Coulson and his goal proved enough to seal a fifth consecutive triumph.

Relegation-threatened Pompey's cause was not helped by the 50th-minute dismissal of Ben Chorley, while City striker Ryan Bowman missed a superb chance to double the lead with ten minutes remaining.

The win came at a cost, with injuries to Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher, but Plymouth's 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley meant Nigel Worthington's men moved into seventh spot on goal difference with eight games remaining.

 

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5:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

Dare to dream!
Dare to dream! PositiveFootball
  • Score: 17

5:13pm Sat 22 Mar 14

big boy york says...

the dream is on positivefootball
the dream is on positivefootball big boy york
  • Score: 8

5:17pm Sat 22 Mar 14

TheBurton says...

Great Stuff! Looks like Pompy had most of the play and chances but we kept them at bay and another clean sheet. A testament to NW and the team he has built. Hopefully the injuries to Carson and Fletcher aren't serious as we will definitely need both if we want to carry on this push for promotion.
You would certainly hope we can beat Torquay at home.
8 games left. We can certainly dare to dream!!
Great Stuff! Looks like Pompy had most of the play and chances but we kept them at bay and another clean sheet. A testament to NW and the team he has built. Hopefully the injuries to Carson and Fletcher aren't serious as we will definitely need both if we want to carry on this push for promotion. You would certainly hope we can beat Torquay at home. 8 games left. We can certainly dare to dream!! TheBurton
  • Score: 11

5:24pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Boyer for England says...

Can Reed play in the Burton game ?
Can Reed play in the Burton game ? Boyer for England
  • Score: -5

5:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

sixtyfourfive says...

Boyer for England wrote:
Can Reed play in the Burton game ?
He is our player - not on loan.
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: Can Reed play in the Burton game ?[/p][/quote]He is our player - not on loan. sixtyfourfive
  • Score: 5

5:39pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

Maybe NW will bring in a loan forward if Fletcher and Carson are out for a couple of weeks.
Maybe NW will bring in a loan forward if Fletcher and Carson are out for a couple of weeks. bill bailey
  • Score: 6

5:56pm Sat 22 Mar 14

RooBeck says...

Sounded like another solid City team effort from a side that is working for each other, is full of confidence and hitting form just right and against opponents today who appeared to be going physical and trying to kick us off the park! The backbone of Lowe, McCombe and Penn deals very well with such tactics, whereas last season we would have buckled and rolled-over!! Let's get the support out in strength on Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon and look to bagging maximum points so as to platform what could be a great game down at Spotland on the 5th April! Fingers crossed that Fletcher and Carson aren't sidelined for long and finally, very well done to the 794 City fans who made it to Fratton Park - terrific support. COYR.
Sounded like another solid City team effort from a side that is working for each other, is full of confidence and hitting form just right and against opponents today who appeared to be going physical and trying to kick us off the park! The backbone of Lowe, McCombe and Penn deals very well with such tactics, whereas last season we would have buckled and rolled-over!! Let's get the support out in strength on Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon and look to bagging maximum points so as to platform what could be a great game down at Spotland on the 5th April! Fingers crossed that Fletcher and Carson aren't sidelined for long and finally, very well done to the 794 City fans who made it to Fratton Park - terrific support. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 10

6:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

duffy says...

Fantastic result but if both Carson and Fletcher have knee ligament injuries they will both be out for the season which is a big blow.
Fantastic result but if both Carson and Fletcher have knee ligament injuries they will both be out for the season which is a big blow. duffy
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Sat 22 Mar 14

big boy york says...

southend on a bad run, plymouth hitting form at right time aswell as us, like Dean Windass said on LKO on monday night theres always one team that comes on a run hopefully he meant us
southend on a bad run, plymouth hitting form at right time aswell as us, like Dean Windass said on LKO on monday night theres always one team that comes on a run hopefully he meant us big boy york
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Great result!
Great result! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 3

7:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Just the result that we needed, and to be in a play-off position is absolutely brilliant. I listened to the Managers post match interview and it sounds as if Carson and Fletcher could both have knee ligament problems. They will know more on Monday, when they both have a scan. This really is terrible news with only eight league matches left. We may be forced into the loan market again, to cover for the loss of those two lads.
Just the result that we needed, and to be in a play-off position is absolutely brilliant. I listened to the Managers post match interview and it sounds as if Carson and Fletcher could both have knee ligament problems. They will know more on Monday, when they both have a scan. This really is terrible news with only eight league matches left. We may be forced into the loan market again, to cover for the loss of those two lads. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Sat 22 Mar 14

rockley214 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Just the result that we needed, and to be in a play-off position is absolutely brilliant. I listened to the Managers post match interview and it sounds as if Carson and Fletcher could both have knee ligament problems. They will know more on Monday, when they both have a scan. This really is terrible news with only eight league matches left. We may be forced into the loan market again, to cover for the loss of those two lads.
Sadly I think that's it for both of them this season. Loan window closes Thursday so watch the Press with interest. Such a shame. Hope Chorley is proud of himself. Reckless doesn't describe it. Still, the dream is there and who knows, loan players much more likely to sign in this position.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Just the result that we needed, and to be in a play-off position is absolutely brilliant. I listened to the Managers post match interview and it sounds as if Carson and Fletcher could both have knee ligament problems. They will know more on Monday, when they both have a scan. This really is terrible news with only eight league matches left. We may be forced into the loan market again, to cover for the loss of those two lads.[/p][/quote]Sadly I think that's it for both of them this season. Loan window closes Thursday so watch the Press with interest. Such a shame. Hope Chorley is proud of himself. Reckless doesn't describe it. Still, the dream is there and who knows, loan players much more likely to sign in this position. rockley214
  • Score: 0

7:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Well done lads-great result which unfortunately has come at some cost with 2 forward players injured, hopefully not seriously. We should be able to remain in the play offs now and I would fancy our chances against any of the others.
Another Wembley trip would suit me down to the ground!
Well done lads-great result which unfortunately has come at some cost with 2 forward players injured, hopefully not seriously. We should be able to remain in the play offs now and I would fancy our chances against any of the others. Another Wembley trip would suit me down to the ground! ian923
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

crowborough dave says...

Listened to the local radio station on the way back home, what a set of idiots, they weren't impressed with our diving and rolling around tactics. Perhaps Jeff Miller should send them a report o the injuries to Josh, Wes and Lanre. Expected better from their summariser former pompey keeper Alan Knight. Wish we could have closed the game out earlier and avoid a few nervy moments. All in all great result and destiny in our hands now.
Listened to the local radio station on the way back home, what a set of idiots, they weren't impressed with our diving and rolling around tactics. Perhaps Jeff Miller should send them a report o the injuries to Josh, Wes and Lanre. Expected better from their summariser former pompey keeper Alan Knight. Wish we could have closed the game out earlier and avoid a few nervy moments. All in all great result and destiny in our hands now. crowborough dave
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Sat 22 Mar 14

SelseyBill says...

A physical game with some diabolical tackles. Maybe to be expected from a team dropping like a stone. City did well so the dream lives on. I hope I can take my American grandson to watch them at Wembley. On this form anything is possible. Come on city.
A physical game with some diabolical tackles. Maybe to be expected from a team dropping like a stone. City did well so the dream lives on. I hope I can take my American grandson to watch them at Wembley. On this form anything is possible. Come on city. SelseyBill
  • Score: 6

9:48pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

SelseyBill wrote:
A physical game with some diabolical tackles. Maybe to be expected from a team dropping like a stone. City did well so the dream lives on. I hope I can take my American grandson to watch them at Wembley. On this form anything is possible. Come on city.
Man for man I would back us against any team in the league, you are right , we are the form team .
P...15
W..10
D...3
L...2
By any standards that is the best run of any team in the league.
[quote][p][bold]SelseyBill[/bold] wrote: A physical game with some diabolical tackles. Maybe to be expected from a team dropping like a stone. City did well so the dream lives on. I hope I can take my American grandson to watch them at Wembley. On this form anything is possible. Come on city.[/p][/quote]Man for man I would back us against any team in the league, you are right , we are the form team . P...15 W..10 D...3 L...2 By any standards that is the best run of any team in the league. bill bailey
  • Score: 6

9:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

A Bottom says...

Dream on!!!! City v Oxford in the playoff final, lets do them this time!!!!!!
Dream on!!!! City v Oxford in the playoff final, lets do them this time!!!!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 7

10:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Well the lucky maroon jumper came up trumps for a sixth time adding Pompey to the Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and Stags. Garment of the year award maybe?
To the game.......as with Wimbledon and Mansfield it was incredibly physical. Carson's injury looked to be accidental, Fletcher's appeared to be a bad challenge but hopefully TV will prove one way or the other. When Lanre went down shortly afterwards I feared the worse but he was able to continue.
We were very quick out of the blocks, Coulson scored a cracker and we could have been 2 up shortly after when McCombe had two efforts blocked. Thereafter Pompey took control but despite the pressure they seldom threatened up to HT. City were guilty of too much long ball and with the wind behind them it was not too pretty.
Second half was even Stevens and even with 10 men for them we couldn't capitalise. We did start to create in the last 15 but Bowman again missed a sitter and a couple of times Coulson was closed down when about to get a shot off.
Pope made taking crosses ridiculously easy though his kicking was wayward today. Shock horror McCombe missed out in an aerial challenge late on !
Two call outs - the support was superb, as loud as I have heard in an age.
And having been critical of Davies pre Xmas then it's only right that I point out just how solid he looks of late, I would gladly have him on a long term contract now.
Play offs now, amazing. I wonder how costly a victory it will prove to be with the two injuries, neither look trivial.
Well the lucky maroon jumper came up trumps for a sixth time adding Pompey to the Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and Stags. Garment of the year award maybe? To the game.......as with Wimbledon and Mansfield it was incredibly physical. Carson's injury looked to be accidental, Fletcher's appeared to be a bad challenge but hopefully TV will prove one way or the other. When Lanre went down shortly afterwards I feared the worse but he was able to continue. We were very quick out of the blocks, Coulson scored a cracker and we could have been 2 up shortly after when McCombe had two efforts blocked. Thereafter Pompey took control but despite the pressure they seldom threatened up to HT. City were guilty of too much long ball and with the wind behind them it was not too pretty. Second half was even Stevens and even with 10 men for them we couldn't capitalise. We did start to create in the last 15 but Bowman again missed a sitter and a couple of times Coulson was closed down when about to get a shot off. Pope made taking crosses ridiculously easy though his kicking was wayward today. Shock horror McCombe missed out in an aerial challenge late on ! Two call outs - the support was superb, as loud as I have heard in an age. And having been critical of Davies pre Xmas then it's only right that I point out just how solid he looks of late, I would gladly have him on a long term contract now. Play offs now, amazing. I wonder how costly a victory it will prove to be with the two injuries, neither look trivial. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 17

9:27am Sun 23 Mar 14

dadster says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Well the lucky maroon jumper came up trumps for a sixth time adding Pompey to the Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and Stags. Garment of the year award maybe?
To the game.......as with Wimbledon and Mansfield it was incredibly physical. Carson's injury looked to be accidental, Fletcher's appeared to be a bad challenge but hopefully TV will prove one way or the other. When Lanre went down shortly afterwards I feared the worse but he was able to continue.
We were very quick out of the blocks, Coulson scored a cracker and we could have been 2 up shortly after when McCombe had two efforts blocked. Thereafter Pompey took control but despite the pressure they seldom threatened up to HT. City were guilty of too much long ball and with the wind behind them it was not too pretty.
Second half was even Stevens and even with 10 men for them we couldn't capitalise. We did start to create in the last 15 but Bowman again missed a sitter and a couple of times Coulson was closed down when about to get a shot off.
Pope made taking crosses ridiculously easy though his kicking was wayward today. Shock horror McCombe missed out in an aerial challenge late on !
Two call outs - the support was superb, as loud as I have heard in an age.
And having been critical of Davies pre Xmas then it's only right that I point out just how solid he looks of late, I would gladly have him on a long term contract now.
Play offs now, amazing. I wonder how costly a victory it will prove to be with the two injuries, neither look trivial.
Agree with everything you've said but I would also add that Penn was again excellent in terms of his energy, workrate and commitment. A real captains performance. Will be interesting to see the team for Tues as I think he may well put Coulson back to the left and play Jarvis but for me Coulson should remain central as he's been superb in that position.

We need to make sure we don't underestimate Torquay as they are fighting for their lives so will be no pushovers.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Well the lucky maroon jumper came up trumps for a sixth time adding Pompey to the Cobblers, Codheads, Pilgrims, Wombles and Stags. Garment of the year award maybe? To the game.......as with Wimbledon and Mansfield it was incredibly physical. Carson's injury looked to be accidental, Fletcher's appeared to be a bad challenge but hopefully TV will prove one way or the other. When Lanre went down shortly afterwards I feared the worse but he was able to continue. We were very quick out of the blocks, Coulson scored a cracker and we could have been 2 up shortly after when McCombe had two efforts blocked. Thereafter Pompey took control but despite the pressure they seldom threatened up to HT. City were guilty of too much long ball and with the wind behind them it was not too pretty. Second half was even Stevens and even with 10 men for them we couldn't capitalise. We did start to create in the last 15 but Bowman again missed a sitter and a couple of times Coulson was closed down when about to get a shot off. Pope made taking crosses ridiculously easy though his kicking was wayward today. Shock horror McCombe missed out in an aerial challenge late on ! Two call outs - the support was superb, as loud as I have heard in an age. And having been critical of Davies pre Xmas then it's only right that I point out just how solid he looks of late, I would gladly have him on a long term contract now. Play offs now, amazing. I wonder how costly a victory it will prove to be with the two injuries, neither look trivial.[/p][/quote]Agree with everything you've said but I would also add that Penn was again excellent in terms of his energy, workrate and commitment. A real captains performance. Will be interesting to see the team for Tues as I think he may well put Coulson back to the left and play Jarvis but for me Coulson should remain central as he's been superb in that position. We need to make sure we don't underestimate Torquay as they are fighting for their lives so will be no pushovers. dadster
  • Score: 8

9:48am Sun 23 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

2014 what a great year it's been for the club so far, well done to everyone involved. Hope Wes and Josh have a speedy recovery bring on Torquay C.O.Y.R!
2014 what a great year it's been for the club so far, well done to everyone involved. Hope Wes and Josh have a speedy recovery bring on Torquay C.O.Y.R! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 8

9:49am Sun 23 Mar 14

york fan 13 says...

Arghhh play-off final is on Monday 26th of may looks like a cheeky day off work COYR
Arghhh play-off final is on Monday 26th of may looks like a cheeky day off work COYR york fan 13
  • Score: 0

10:01am Sun 23 Mar 14

erniet says...

It's ok Yorkfan 13 - that should be a Bank Holiday
It's ok Yorkfan 13 - that should be a Bank Holiday erniet
  • Score: 0

10:14am Sun 23 Mar 14

nudger says...

I also think that Coulson is more effective playing off Bowman,down the middle. Time to employ a Sander on the wing? The problem is that a very settled side means that the replacements never get much game time, and sharpness can be lacking. That will be the issue with loanees as well.

The Pompey fans were a disgrace in their abuse of Banjo and Hayhurst after serious fouls on them,but particularly running down the aisles to pitchside to harangue Wes as he limped slowly around the perimeter. Surely he should have had a stretcher as Carson did. At least the stewards frogmarched a couple of idiots out at the far corner for their abuse. Jeff Miller certainly had more to do than Nick Pope yesterday!

Expect Torquay to be just as physical on Tuesday,as their Manager was a scrapper as a player, but at least two of their hotheads will be missing; one because of his 'red' yesterday, and the other because he mistook an opponent for his packed lunch.
I also think that Coulson is more effective playing off Bowman,down the middle. Time to employ a Sander on the wing? The problem is that a very settled side means that the replacements never get much game time, and sharpness can be lacking. That will be the issue with loanees as well. The Pompey fans were a disgrace in their abuse of Banjo and Hayhurst after serious fouls on them,but particularly running down the aisles to pitchside to harangue Wes as he limped slowly around the perimeter. Surely he should have had a stretcher as Carson did. At least the stewards frogmarched a couple of idiots out at the far corner for their abuse. Jeff Miller certainly had more to do than Nick Pope yesterday! Expect Torquay to be just as physical on Tuesday,as their Manager was a scrapper as a player, but at least two of their hotheads will be missing; one because of his 'red' yesterday, and the other because he mistook an opponent for his packed lunch. nudger
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Sun 23 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

"Jeff Miller certainly had more to do than Nick Pope yesterday!" Nice one Nudger.
"Jeff Miller certainly had more to do than Nick Pope yesterday!" Nice one Nudger. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Sun 23 Mar 14

arsene.about.york says...

york fan 13 wrote:
Arghhh play-off final is on Monday 26th of may looks like a cheeky day off work COYR
Monday the 26th is bank holiday Monday so you won't need a day off. I, on the other hand will be away on holiday in Egypt, NOT the best decision Mrs Arsene has ever made.
[quote][p][bold]york fan 13[/bold] wrote: Arghhh play-off final is on Monday 26th of may looks like a cheeky day off work COYR[/p][/quote]Monday the 26th is bank holiday Monday so you won't need a day off. I, on the other hand will be away on holiday in Egypt, NOT the best decision Mrs Arsene has ever made. arsene.about.york
  • Score: 0

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