York City boss blasts challenge that could end Wes Fletcher's season

York City boss Nigel Worthington

York City boss Nigel Worthington

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YORK City manager Nigel Worthington was left fuming by the challenge that could end top scorer Wes Fletcher’s season.

Fletcher suffered suspected medial ligament damage to his knee after being hacked down 50 minutes into the 1-0 win at fallen giants Portsmouth – a result, secured by Michael Coulson’s early goal, that lifted the Minstermen into the Sky Bet League Two play-off positions.

Home captain Ben Chorley was sent off for the foul, blasted as “nasty” by Worthington, who had earlier lost Josh Carson to a similar injury.

Carson also looks likely to miss the remainder of the campaign, although Worthington had no argument with the first-half tackle that crocked the Northern Ireland international, leading to his replacement by Fletcher.

Nine-goal Ryan Jarvis could now reclaim his place in the starting line-up, having failed to make the first XI since New Year’s Day and Worthington could also look to bolster his squad prior to Tuesday’s home match with bottom-of-the-table Torquay or Thursday’s deadline for loan signings,

Condemning the actions of Chorley, Worthington seethed: “The challenge on Wes was a bad one. There was no intent to go for the ball at all.

“I never like to see anybody sent off but that was nasty. The one that saw Josh get injured was a good, solid challenge and he just got caught on the wrong side.

“Initially, it looks like both have damaged their medial ligaments but we won’t know for sure what the extent of the damage is until we get them scanned on Monday. It would be disappointing to lose two players because it disrupts what we have been doing, but that’s the game of football.

“You have to deal with these things and it opens the door for somebody else to step in and be a part of maintaining what we have been doing.”

Despite victory being tarnished by the double injury below, Worthington still declared himself “delighted” with a victory at the home of the 2008 FA Cup final winners.

“I am delighted with the result at a club with a great footballing history and an impressive number of supporters who get behind them,” he admitted. “Couls was bright enough to spin on to the throw in for his goal and all the lads were outstanding after that.

“We stayed focussed in the second half to see the job through and I cannot really remember them having a clear effort on goal. It was another big shift from the lads to get their just rewards over the course of 90 minutes.”

The City chief went on to deliver a typically low-key response to his team climbing into the top seven for the first time this term, reasoning: “We have just got to take things one game at a time and see where we are after Scunthorpe away on May 3.

“It’s great to win games – make no mistake about that – but there’s nothing to get carried away about. We’ve just got to keep our solidity, resilience and tremendous team spirit and all those things will make you a strong and successful team.”

Worthington also paid tribute to a travelling support of 794 fans.

That figure represented the sixth largest away following at Fratton Park this season after Oxford (2,500), AFC Wimbledon (1,999), Exeter (1,304), Chesterfield (957) and Newport (864) and dwarfed the numbers taken to the south coast for Saturday fixtures by automatic promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe (174) and Fleetwood (187).

The former Norwich and Northern Ireland boss added: “Coming to a club with 14,000 fans, our away support was phenomenal. They made themselves heard all the way through the game and we are very grateful for that.

“They came a long way and paid a lot of money but, hopefully, it was all worthwhile.”

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8:16pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Gary_Mills_Haircut says...

I absolutely agree with Nigel. In fact, Portsmouth were very physical and we were lucky to come away with only 2 injuries. The challenges (and subsequent treatment) on Hayhurst, Penn, Oyebanjo and Jarvis could quite easily have seen us unable to finish the game with 11 men on the pitch. Reeds booking was laughable in the face of this, but for me the most disgraceful thing was the Pompey fan's booing of Wes Fletcher as he limped off the pitch. If he'd tried to get their player sent off, then got straight up once the card had been given i could understand it, but he was subbed off because of the injury and will be lucky to play again this season. I've always thought quite highly of Portsmouth fans but though that was a particularly mean-spirited display. ANyway, good won out over evil in the end…. Roll on Tuesday night!
I absolutely agree with Nigel. In fact, Portsmouth were very physical and we were lucky to come away with only 2 injuries. The challenges (and subsequent treatment) on Hayhurst, Penn, Oyebanjo and Jarvis could quite easily have seen us unable to finish the game with 11 men on the pitch. Reeds booking was laughable in the face of this, but for me the most disgraceful thing was the Pompey fan's booing of Wes Fletcher as he limped off the pitch. If he'd tried to get their player sent off, then got straight up once the card had been given i could understand it, but he was subbed off because of the injury and will be lucky to play again this season. I've always thought quite highly of Portsmouth fans but though that was a particularly mean-spirited display. ANyway, good won out over evil in the end…. Roll on Tuesday night! Gary_Mills_Haircut
  • Score: 24

9:49pm Sat 22 Mar 14

duffy says...

Worthington is right, the Portsmouth manager can defend his player all he likes but there was absolutely no intention to play the ball, the guy knew exactly what he was doing.
Worthington is right, the Portsmouth manager can defend his player all he likes but there was absolutely no intention to play the ball, the guy knew exactly what he was doing. duffy
  • Score: 11

8:15am Sun 23 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

When you are captain in any sport you lead by example, it seems Portsmouth have appointed the wrong guy to lead the team, maybe its one of the reasons they are where they are. the guy has become a liability in their fight to avoid the drop its on his CV "Player Suspect Head" Lets just hope its not the end of our lads season they both deserve to play their part in the last games of the season getting us promotion, GOOD LUCK BOTH OF YOU, you have both been a credit to the club and too yourselves .
When you are captain in any sport you lead by example, it seems Portsmouth have appointed the wrong guy to lead the team, maybe its one of the reasons they are where they are. the guy has become a liability in their fight to avoid the drop its on his CV "Player Suspect Head" Lets just hope its not the end of our lads season they both deserve to play their part in the last games of the season getting us promotion, GOOD LUCK BOTH OF YOU, you have both been a credit to the club and too yourselves . bill bailey
  • Score: 15

9:52am Sun 23 Mar 14

Budgie says...

Great win, worrying injuries, bet N.W.has another striker in by the w/e.Give Bowman some open goal shooting practise.
Great win, worrying injuries, bet N.W.has another striker in by the w/e.Give Bowman some open goal shooting practise. Budgie
  • Score: 5

10:36am Sun 23 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Wes and Josh will be big losses if they can,t play again this season. I assume Lanre is ok after his injury. As NW says there may be chances for others in the squad. Trust this to happen when we are on a Roll.
Wes and Josh will be big losses if they can,t play again this season. I assume Lanre is ok after his injury. As NW says there may be chances for others in the squad. Trust this to happen when we are on a Roll. ian923
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Sun 23 Mar 14

FortessBC says...

It is a shame that both lads could miss the remaining games this season but it is part and parcel of the game. As NW says it gives opportunity to other players to come into the team and take their chances. The squad will be needed in the remaining 8 games and with no pressure regarding relegation hopefully all the players will relish the run-in and play with confidence as we have done in the last couple of months. Roll on Tuesday night
It is a shame that both lads could miss the remaining games this season but it is part and parcel of the game. As NW says it gives opportunity to other players to come into the team and take their chances. The squad will be needed in the remaining 8 games and with no pressure regarding relegation hopefully all the players will relish the run-in and play with confidence as we have done in the last couple of months. Roll on Tuesday night FortessBC
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Tug job says...

Good morning, another good result but, my word, that was a career-threatening challenge by Chorley, no wonder he got sent off, absolutely disgraceful! Well done City, I am sure we will prepare professionally for Torquay. COYR
Good morning, another good result but, my word, that was a career-threatening challenge by Chorley, no wonder he got sent off, absolutely disgraceful! Well done City, I am sure we will prepare professionally for Torquay. COYR Tug job
  • Score: 10

12:17pm Sun 23 Mar 14

turbosview says...

I have always liked portsmouth but not after today ,just tried to kick us of the park,like luton they think they are bigger and better than anybody else.
there fans were disgrace,jeering fletcher after an injury that ( hope not) will keep him out for the rest of the season.we were lucky not to have any more
injuries,a spell in the conference will do them a world of good ,where there
thug like tactics belong.
I have always liked portsmouth but not after today ,just tried to kick us of the park,like luton they think they are bigger and better than anybody else. there fans were disgrace,jeering fletcher after an injury that ( hope not) will keep him out for the rest of the season.we were lucky not to have any more injuries,a spell in the conference will do them a world of good ,where there thug like tactics belong. turbosview
  • Score: 10

12:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Well having watched the FL Show highlights the challenge on Fletcher was a real shocker. Did somebody report that the Portsmouth view was that it did not merit a card? If so they should take a look on iPlayer.
Equally the miss by Bowman was worse than I thought in real time, not far off being as bad as his miss at Wimbledon. We really could do with him putting one away from open play to restore some confidence if as seems likely Carson and Fletcher are ruled out for some time.
Interesting to see if the club bring in a loanee forward ahead of the deadline as with being in Play Offs with 8 games to go five of which are at home any revenue from Play Off Semis let alone final could presumably pay for such a move?
Still can't believe the League Table having felt as I did leaving Gigg Lane on 29/12!!
Well having watched the FL Show highlights the challenge on Fletcher was a real shocker. Did somebody report that the Portsmouth view was that it did not merit a card? If so they should take a look on iPlayer. Equally the miss by Bowman was worse than I thought in real time, not far off being as bad as his miss at Wimbledon. We really could do with him putting one away from open play to restore some confidence if as seems likely Carson and Fletcher are ruled out for some time. Interesting to see if the club bring in a loanee forward ahead of the deadline as with being in Play Offs with 8 games to go five of which are at home any revenue from Play Off Semis let alone final could presumably pay for such a move? Still can't believe the League Table having felt as I did leaving Gigg Lane on 29/12!! 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 2

1:43pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Southern Exile says...

In fairness when I posted on their site about the Chorley challenge and the fans reaction, all I got was agreement and thumbs up so let's allow them their share of idiots...
In fairness when I posted on their site about the Chorley challenge and the fans reaction, all I got was agreement and thumbs up so let's allow them their share of idiots... Southern Exile
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Sun 23 Mar 14

born&breed says...

My hat off to the 794 (25% of our normal home crowd) who like myself made the 600 mile round trip to Fratton Park - not a great game, but three points in the bag and at the end of the day - that's what we travelled down to get. On downside for me was the reaction from the home supporters to our injured players - two suffered injures that saw one carried off on a stretcher, one hobbling around the ground only to be booed and call cheats. Both these players maybe out for the season. The tackle on Fletcher - a straight red - was met with boos and items being cast in his direction as he walk round the ground. Even Richie Barker agreed it was a straight red - sorry Pompey fans you were a let down to your great Club. Banjo - again taken out - booed whilst receiving three minutes treatment and then booed whenever he touched the ball. York were accused by their fans for diving about and rolling around - sorry if you try to break a leg or two you getting nothing from me. Sportsmanship nil from me. Let's see you all down at BC on Tuesday - KTF
My hat off to the 794 (25% of our normal home crowd) who like myself made the 600 mile round trip to Fratton Park - not a great game, but three points in the bag and at the end of the day - that's what we travelled down to get. On downside for me was the reaction from the home supporters to our injured players - two suffered injures that saw one carried off on a stretcher, one hobbling around the ground only to be booed and call cheats. Both these players maybe out for the season. The tackle on Fletcher - a straight red - was met with boos and items being cast in his direction as he walk round the ground. Even Richie Barker agreed it was a straight red - sorry Pompey fans you were a let down to your great Club. Banjo - again taken out - booed whilst receiving three minutes treatment and then booed whenever he touched the ball. York were accused by their fans for diving about and rolling around - sorry if you try to break a leg or two you getting nothing from me. Sportsmanship nil from me. Let's see you all down at BC on Tuesday - KTF born&breed
  • Score: 7

2:02pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Southern Exile says...

"you are right in condemning Chorley's shocker of a challenge on your lad, it was awful and deserved a red card. I hope your player makes a full recovery. The Pompey fans that booed your lads were out of order. I can only suggest they can be considered frustrated for the lack of effort they have seen since Barker started hammering the team in the press? In fact Chorley has been a revalation in defence since he came in February and will be sorely missed for the next three games. The reason for the shocking abuse your lads received was out of character for Pompey's loyal fans and well out of order"
"you are right in condemning Chorley's shocker of a challenge on your lad, it was awful and deserved a red card. I hope your player makes a full recovery. The Pompey fans that booed your lads were out of order. I can only suggest they can be considered frustrated for the lack of effort they have seen since Barker started hammering the team in the press? In fact Chorley has been a revalation in defence since he came in February and will be sorely missed for the next three games. The reason for the shocking abuse your lads received was out of character for Pompey's loyal fans and well out of order" Southern Exile
  • Score: 16

2:47pm Sun 23 Mar 14

born&breed says...

Southern Exile wrote:
"you are right in condemning Chorley's shocker of a challenge on your lad, it was awful and deserved a red card. I hope your player makes a full recovery. The Pompey fans that booed your lads were out of order. I can only suggest they can be considered frustrated for the lack of effort they have seen since Barker started hammering the team in the press? In fact Chorley has been a revalation in defence since he came in February and will be sorely missed for the next three games. The reason for the shocking abuse your lads received was out of character for Pompey's loyal fans and well out of order"
A true fan - thank you your comments are appreciate and on behalf of York City I wish you all the very best for the remaining games this season.
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: "you are right in condemning Chorley's shocker of a challenge on your lad, it was awful and deserved a red card. I hope your player makes a full recovery. The Pompey fans that booed your lads were out of order. I can only suggest they can be considered frustrated for the lack of effort they have seen since Barker started hammering the team in the press? In fact Chorley has been a revalation in defence since he came in February and will be sorely missed for the next three games. The reason for the shocking abuse your lads received was out of character for Pompey's loyal fans and well out of order"[/p][/quote]A true fan - thank you your comments are appreciate and on behalf of York City I wish you all the very best for the remaining games this season. born&breed
  • Score: 11

3:43pm Sun 23 Mar 14

duffy says...

By all accounts Fletcher even had coins thrown at him as he went off, along with some of the homophobic chanting and even Portsmouth fans on Fletchers Twitter account hoping its ended his career they can go down for me if that's Portsmouth.
By all accounts Fletcher even had coins thrown at him as he went off, along with some of the homophobic chanting and even Portsmouth fans on Fletchers Twitter account hoping its ended his career they can go down for me if that's Portsmouth. duffy
  • Score: 10

4:09pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Southern Exile says...

duffy wrote:
By all accounts Fletcher even had coins thrown at him as he went off, along with some of the homophobic chanting and even Portsmouth fans on Fletchers Twitter account hoping its ended his career they can go down for me if that's Portsmouth.
Yeah that is vile and disgusting and the individuals responsible for it are reprehensible. Chorley should be banned for some time too. I just wouldn't tar the entire club that's all...
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: By all accounts Fletcher even had coins thrown at him as he went off, along with some of the homophobic chanting and even Portsmouth fans on Fletchers Twitter account hoping its ended his career they can go down for me if that's Portsmouth.[/p][/quote]Yeah that is vile and disgusting and the individuals responsible for it are reprehensible. Chorley should be banned for some time too. I just wouldn't tar the entire club that's all... Southern Exile
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Sun 23 Mar 14

PhilR@Strike says...

Agree, you can't tar all true football fans, with the same brush as a group of morons. Also reinforces my view, that a fair few self opinionated Idiots reside on Twitter.
Agree, you can't tar all true football fans, with the same brush as a group of morons. Also reinforces my view, that a fair few self opinionated Idiots reside on Twitter. PhilR@Strike
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Sun 23 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan? T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Sun 23 Mar 14

duffy says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday. duffy
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Sun 23 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
Duffy if you remember NW said when he signed Puri, "I was very impressed with Puri when I saw him play a couple of times for Estonia once against
Ireland." NW has been proved right with 95% of his signings if Puri is the 5%
then so be it, NWs game plan has altered since he signed the lad, but I still think he is a good player and if he doesn't make it here he will somewhere else that's for sure,
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]Duffy if you remember NW said when he signed Puri, "I was very impressed with Puri when I saw him play a couple of times for Estonia once against Ireland." NW has been proved right with 95% of his signings if Puri is the 5% then so be it, NWs game plan has altered since he signed the lad, but I still think he is a good player and if he doesn't make it here he will somewhere else that's for sure, bill bailey
  • Score: 2

10:40pm Sun 23 Mar 14

pip007 says...

duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro? pip007
  • Score: 7

10:46pm Sun 23 Mar 14

duffy says...

pip007 wrote:
duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?
Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now.
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?[/p][/quote]Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now. duffy
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Sun 23 Mar 14

duffy says...

bill bailey wrote:
duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
Duffy if you remember NW said when he signed Puri, "I was very impressed with Puri when I saw him play a couple of times for Estonia once against
Ireland." NW has been proved right with 95% of his signings if Puri is the 5%
then so be it, NWs game plan has altered since he signed the lad, but I still think he is a good player and if he doesn't make it here he will somewhere else that's for sure,
I just think when Nigel makes his mind up on a player that's it. He has had plenty of chances to throw Puri in even when we were struggling but he never did.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]Duffy if you remember NW said when he signed Puri, "I was very impressed with Puri when I saw him play a couple of times for Estonia once against Ireland." NW has been proved right with 95% of his signings if Puri is the 5% then so be it, NWs game plan has altered since he signed the lad, but I still think he is a good player and if he doesn't make it here he will somewhere else that's for sure,[/p][/quote]I just think when Nigel makes his mind up on a player that's it. He has had plenty of chances to throw Puri in even when we were struggling but he never did. duffy
  • Score: 6

11:20pm Sun 23 Mar 14

You're Fired says...

There is more chance of Puri playing than getting Brobbel back. Puri is rated at the club, he's just been unfortunate that other players have outperformed him. Brobbel's work rate wasn't what it needed to be and so I can't see him coming back.
There is more chance of Puri playing than getting Brobbel back. Puri is rated at the club, he's just been unfortunate that other players have outperformed him. Brobbel's work rate wasn't what it needed to be and so I can't see him coming back. You're Fired
  • Score: 3

12:48am Mon 24 Mar 14

pip007 says...

duffy wrote:
pip007 wrote:
duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?
Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now.
Definitely agree we need a striker. Hope we're not missing a trick with MacDonald.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?[/p][/quote]Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree we need a striker. Hope we're not missing a trick with MacDonald. pip007
  • Score: 3

7:55am Mon 24 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

pip007 wrote:
duffy wrote:
pip007 wrote:
duffy wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?
I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.
I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?
Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now.
Definitely agree we need a striker. Hope we're not missing a trick with MacDonald.
Nobody has seen MacDonald on the the pitch yet therefore saying he is better than our own youth players is misplaced , if we are missing a trick and hes ahead of Puri we would have seen him come on and played a cameo 15 minutes,
Cant wait to see Richard Cresswell playing a part with our junior players there are a few talented 11/12 yr olds in and around York who need getting into our system quick .
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Got to wonder now if Bill Bailey will get his xmas wish for Sander Puri to actually get a game or will NW get a winger in on loan?[/p][/quote]I doubt Puri will play another game for us, Worthington just does not rate him. My guess is Jarvis will play alongside Bowman with Coulson on the wing on Tuesday. Another centre forward to come in on loan for next Saturday.[/p][/quote]I wonder if we can get Ryan Brobbel back from Boro?[/p][/quote]Maybe but I honestly think he will go for a center forward. Coulson is playing out of position remember and only there because of the injuries to Fletcher and Jarvis. I'm guessing he would like a bit more in that central position with Fletcher probably out now.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree we need a striker. Hope we're not missing a trick with MacDonald.[/p][/quote]Nobody has seen MacDonald on the the pitch yet therefore saying he is better than our own youth players is misplaced , if we are missing a trick and hes ahead of Puri we would have seen him come on and played a cameo 15 minutes, Cant wait to see Richard Cresswell playing a part with our junior players there are a few talented 11/12 yr olds in and around York who need getting into our system quick . bill bailey
  • Score: -1

8:43am Mon 24 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

You're Fired wrote:
There is more chance of Puri playing than getting Brobbel back. Puri is rated at the club, he's just been unfortunate that other players have outperformed him. Brobbel's work rate wasn't what it needed to be and so I can't see him coming back.
Its a bit worrying Bowman second 6yd miss hes there to put those away ,that would have put the last two games too bed , scoring penalties are fine ,but he has to start scoring in open play,
[quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: There is more chance of Puri playing than getting Brobbel back. Puri is rated at the club, he's just been unfortunate that other players have outperformed him. Brobbel's work rate wasn't what it needed to be and so I can't see him coming back.[/p][/quote]Its a bit worrying Bowman second 6yd miss hes there to put those away ,that would have put the last two games too bed , scoring penalties are fine ,but he has to start scoring in open play, bill bailey
  • Score: 3

9:17am Mon 24 Mar 14

nudger says...

Interesting that the FLP had Banjo in its Team of the Day. Well though he played, my choice for MOM was still Jeff Miller
. We do not know yet whether the other injuries sustained in the Battle of Fratton.,i.e. Banjo and Hayhurst will have implications for Tuesday's selection. Is Platt our cover at Right Back.?. Remember Carson has also been the cover for left back before .And we will need cover for all positions as the final games get even more physical.
I would start with Puri wide, and Coulson down the middle and move Coulson to the wing to accommodate Jarvis for the last half hour as at Pompey. Puri will be short of match fitness but a similar cameo, and matchwinning goal, to Erik the Viking at Braintree would give him confidence, and cult status.
Interesting that the FLP had Banjo in its Team of the Day. Well though he played, my choice for MOM was still Jeff Miller . We do not know yet whether the other injuries sustained in the Battle of Fratton.,i.e. Banjo and Hayhurst will have implications for Tuesday's selection. Is Platt our cover at Right Back.?. Remember Carson has also been the cover for left back before .And we will need cover for all positions as the final games get even more physical. I would start with Puri wide, and Coulson down the middle and move Coulson to the wing to accommodate Jarvis for the last half hour as at Pompey. Puri will be short of match fitness but a similar cameo, and matchwinning goal, to Erik the Viking at Braintree would give him confidence, and cult status. nudger
  • Score: 1

9:40am Mon 24 Mar 14

bill bailey says...

nudger wrote:
Interesting that the FLP had Banjo in its Team of the Day. Well though he played, my choice for MOM was still Jeff Miller
. We do not know yet whether the other injuries sustained in the Battle of Fratton.,i.e. Banjo and Hayhurst will have implications for Tuesday's selection. Is Platt our cover at Right Back.?. Remember Carson has also been the cover for left back before .And we will need cover for all positions as the final games get even more physical.
I would start with Puri wide, and Coulson down the middle and move Coulson to the wing to accommodate Jarvis for the last half hour as at Pompey. Puri will be short of match fitness but a similar cameo, and matchwinning goal, to Erik the Viking at Braintree would give him confidence, and cult status.
I'll second that Nudger ,there are options of which yours seem to make sence.
NW wrote in the press that " I am getting to the stage whether it's Ryan or whoever " misses such as his the last two gams is not good enough," the lad is creating his own pressure , he's got to practice 8yd poaching during training,
its a an art , He aught to look at Jimmy Greaves videos and learn from the master, He's an important member of the squad ,but he's there to score goals in open play. I have nothing but admiration for Coulson the way he's knuckled down and made himself a first on the team sheet player.
[quote][p][bold]nudger[/bold] wrote: Interesting that the FLP had Banjo in its Team of the Day. Well though he played, my choice for MOM was still Jeff Miller . We do not know yet whether the other injuries sustained in the Battle of Fratton.,i.e. Banjo and Hayhurst will have implications for Tuesday's selection. Is Platt our cover at Right Back.?. Remember Carson has also been the cover for left back before .And we will need cover for all positions as the final games get even more physical. I would start with Puri wide, and Coulson down the middle and move Coulson to the wing to accommodate Jarvis for the last half hour as at Pompey. Puri will be short of match fitness but a similar cameo, and matchwinning goal, to Erik the Viking at Braintree would give him confidence, and cult status.[/p][/quote]I'll second that Nudger ,there are options of which yours seem to make sence. NW wrote in the press that " I am getting to the stage whether it's Ryan or whoever " misses such as his the last two gams is not good enough," the lad is creating his own pressure , he's got to practice 8yd poaching during training, its a an art , He aught to look at Jimmy Greaves videos and learn from the master, He's an important member of the squad ,but he's there to score goals in open play. I have nothing but admiration for Coulson the way he's knuckled down and made himself a first on the team sheet player. bill bailey
  • Score: 5

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