Match report: York City 1, Accrington Stanley 1

York City 1, Accrington Stanley 1

Michael Coulson fires York City ahead against Accrington Stanley from the penalty spot

Frustration for York City as another chance goes begging during the 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley

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HAVING tossed away two points against the club that refused to die, York City must now resurrect their play-off hopes over the Easter holiday.

Accrington Stanley take their club motto very seriously with Shay McCartan’s 91st-minute equaliser snatching the Lancashire side a stoppage-time point for the second successive season at Bootham Crescent.

Cancelling out Michael Coulson’s penalty just past the hour, McCartan’s header means City now travel to play-off rivals Oxford in eighth place on Good Friday rather than the sixth spot they had occupied prior to the fourth official raising his board.

The last-gasp leveller also denied Nick Pope and his determined defence the share of a 29-year-old club record for consecutive clean sheets with McCartan’s goal the first City have conceded in 13 hours of football.

Teenage substitute McCartan’s effort was the reward for a well organised Stanley display that saw the visitors restrict their opponents to opportunities from set-pieces for long periods.

Likewise, the Minstermen also battled resolutely to largely limit the visitors to dead-ball chances and hopeful long-range attempts with genuine clear-cut openings scarce at both ends of the pitch.

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Coulson headed the afternoon’s first effort straight into the hands of Stanley shot-stopper Marcus Bettinelli after seven minutes from Will Hayhurst’s free-kick.

City keeper Pope was not stretched either by a 20-yard Luke Joyce volley, while Piero Mingoia and Kayode Odejayi missed the target from distance.

John McCombe came closest to claiming a first-half goal with Bettinelli smothering at his feet when the ball dropped to him in the six-yard box following a Hayhurst corner and Ryan Brobbel then drove over from the edge of the area.

The towering City centre-back also headed wide after Adam Reed’s left-wing free-kick to the far post, while full-debutant Calvin Andrew’s curling shot was deflected off target on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Nicky Hunt made an excellent recovery tackle to block a goalbound Coulson strike following Brobbel’s through ball before Reed and Russell Penn both failed to hit the target from 20 yards.

The Minstermen forged in front, however, after 61 minutes when Odejayi was adjudged to have handled deliberately under pressure from McCombe.

Despite starting the season behind the likes of Richard Cresswell, Ryan Jarvis, Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman in the pecking order for spot-kick duty, Coulson confidently converted his first penalty since hitting the bar in a Capital One Cup shoot-out defeat to Doncaster on his debut.

The former Barnsley and Scarborough striker fired firmly into Bettinelli’s bottom right-hand corner to give his side the lead.

Typically, though, Accrington responded gamely with Kai Naismith curling over from a 68th-minute free-kick and Odejayi heading too high following Hunt’s right-wing cross.

On one of the rare occasions that City managed to carve open the visitors’ defence, a stretching Andrew then failed to get his boot to Hayhurst’s low cross into the six-yard box following Reed’s forward pass.

Reed went on to flash another shot across the face of goal after receiving a short corner back from Coulson but it was a Stanley flag kick that provided the match’s defining moment.

After Brobbel hoofed Lee Molyneux’s initial poorly-taken corner out of the ground, the on-loan Crewe winger’s second delivery sailed over Pope and found McCartan who headed in from three inches.

It was a bitter blow for the Minstermen, who also saw Pope save from Naismith seconds from the end and have now only scored more than once in one of their last eight fixtures.


Match facts

York City 1 (Coulson pen 61), Accrington Stanley 1 (McCartan 90+1)

York City

Pope 7 – claimed most balls into his box but caught out by the unusual flight of Molyneux’s corner.

Oyebanjo 7 – rarely seen in attacking action again but stayed strong defensively.

Lowe 7 – cleared his lines in no-nonsense fashion and read the game well throughout.

McCombe 8 – STAR MAN: matched the muscular Odejayi physically and was a tower of strength.

Davies 7 – slotted back in without fuss and never troubled down his flank.

Brobbel 7 – quiet for spells but always looked capable of providing a moment of magic.

Penn 7 – scrapped and competed for midfield supremacy with his heart on his sleeve.

Reed 7 – put everything into his game with little reward and looked more of a goal threat than in recent times.

Hayhurst 7 – created most of City’s best opening from dead balls and in open play.

Andrew 7 – won the majority of his headers, particularly early on, before tiring a little towards the end.

Coulson 7 – displayed a cool nerve to convert an important penalty and kept plugging away against a resolute back four.

Subs: Ryan Bowman (for Hayhurst, 82).

Subs not used: Tom Platt, David McGurk, Michael Ingham, Ryan Jarvis, Lewis Montrose, Tom Allan.


Accrington: Marcus Bettinelli, Nicky Hunt, Rob Atkinson, Tom Aldred, Luke Joyce, Adam Buxton (Kai Naismith, 66), Piero Mingoia, Peter Murphy (Lee Molyneux, 84), Michael Liddle, Kayode Odejayi, James Gray (Shay McCartan, 73). Subs not used: Danny Webber, Will Hatfield, Josh Windass, George Bowerman.

Accrington star man: Aldred – strong and determined in defence.


Booked: Atkinson 59, Gray 71.

Attendance: 3,855 (277 from Accrington).

Referee: Scbott Duncan (Newcastle) rating: 7/10 – decisive and made very few mistakes


Shots on target: City 3, Accrington 4.

Shots off target: City 7, Accrington 4.

Corners: City 7, Accrington 7.

Fouls conceded: City 11, Accrington 15.

Offsides: City 4, Accrington 1.

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8:05pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bh12man says...

I always had this game down as the most awkward of the run-in and so it proved. Accrington give you nothing but a hard time, never give up, and history consequently repeated itself. Let’s hope that they give Oxford and Southend just as hard a game in the weeks to come.

It might prove to be a telling point won rather than two dropped, so we shouldn’t be too disappointed. This time last year after the Stanley equaliser things looked bleak, but the team stormed back to win 3 on the spin. Do that again and we'll get in the play-offs. Twelve months on we haven’t lost in 13 matches, and have only conceded 3 goals in that spell.

Another thing in our favour - at this stage of the season across the country games become attritional because there is so much to play for in many of the fixtures. As grinding the results out has sort of become our natural game during this unbeaten run, then we might perversely be well placed to let a few goals go a long way. It ain’t pretty, and wasn’t today, but it has been very effective.

At least NW changed things up front, and Calvin Andrew gave a good account of himself, but we still lack a cutting edge. We didn’t get the breaks though either at times.

We all know the team has exceeded expectations recently so let’s enjoy the ride. Everyone has tough runs ins, not just us.
Oxford have us, Scunthorpe (a), Accrington (h), Northampton (a)
Soufend have Rochdale (a), Accrington (h), Fleetwood (a), Burton (h)
Plymouth have Bury (a), Wimbledon (h), Hartlepool (h), Pompey (a)

4 games left, and still in the mix, now’s not the time to dwell on the equaliser too much
COYR
I always had this game down as the most awkward of the run-in and so it proved. Accrington give you nothing but a hard time, never give up, and history consequently repeated itself. Let’s hope that they give Oxford and Southend just as hard a game in the weeks to come. It might prove to be a telling point won rather than two dropped, so we shouldn’t be too disappointed. This time last year after the Stanley equaliser things looked bleak, but the team stormed back to win 3 on the spin. Do that again and we'll get in the play-offs. Twelve months on we haven’t lost in 13 matches, and have only conceded 3 goals in that spell. Another thing in our favour - at this stage of the season across the country games become attritional because there is so much to play for in many of the fixtures. As grinding the results out has sort of become our natural game during this unbeaten run, then we might perversely be well placed to let a few goals go a long way. It ain’t pretty, and wasn’t today, but it has been very effective. At least NW changed things up front, and Calvin Andrew gave a good account of himself, but we still lack a cutting edge. We didn’t get the breaks though either at times. We all know the team has exceeded expectations recently so let’s enjoy the ride. Everyone has tough runs ins, not just us. Oxford have us, Scunthorpe (a), Accrington (h), Northampton (a) Soufend have Rochdale (a), Accrington (h), Fleetwood (a), Burton (h) Plymouth have Bury (a), Wimbledon (h), Hartlepool (h), Pompey (a) 4 games left, and still in the mix, now’s not the time to dwell on the equaliser too much COYR bh12man
  • Score: 33

8:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness.
Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.
13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness. Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters. bill bailey
  • Score: -7

8:30pm Sat 12 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

I guess we were due a kick in the teeth and for the second season in a row Accy obliged. Still in with a chance but candidly our lack of fire power just has to bite us unless rectified.
Brobbel Man of Match? Funny old game.
I guess we were due a kick in the teeth and for the second season in a row Accy obliged. Still in with a chance but candidly our lack of fire power just has to bite us unless rectified. Brobbel Man of Match? Funny old game. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 11

8:38pm Sat 12 Apr 14

DavidBu says...

This is not a disaster, but these two points dropped are big, as big as the ones lost in injury time at Southend.
This afternoon, I had to make do with a second half commentary from Barrie Parker, from which it seemed that, after the lucky break of a penalty goal, three York players missed an open goal as the ball skidded across in front of all of them. Had that been put in we'd now all be counting our chickens in 6th place!
We may have been hiding behind the impregnability of Pope as, game after game we kept a clean sheet and fell back to defend a single goal lead. Even though it has taken an almost undefendable corner kick (according to BP) to steal the record from the team, the psycholgy will now have changed and there will be a new and unfamiliar feeling of vulnerability in front of the posts. In these new circumstances, we suddenly face the moment of truth. Do we have enough confidence left in the pot and the available fire power to take control of the remaining three matches and score goals, before pressing on to make the game secure without falling back in numbers and letting the opposition in? Every one of us will be hoping that is the case
For my part, I hope it's at least still in the balance as we go into the last fixture, my transport to Scunthorpe having materialised.
This is not a disaster, but these two points dropped are big, as big as the ones lost in injury time at Southend. This afternoon, I had to make do with a second half commentary from Barrie Parker, from which it seemed that, after the lucky break of a penalty goal, three York players missed an open goal as the ball skidded across in front of all of them. Had that been put in we'd now all be counting our chickens in 6th place! We may have been hiding behind the impregnability of Pope as, game after game we kept a clean sheet and fell back to defend a single goal lead. Even though it has taken an almost undefendable corner kick (according to BP) to steal the record from the team, the psycholgy will now have changed and there will be a new and unfamiliar feeling of vulnerability in front of the posts. In these new circumstances, we suddenly face the moment of truth. Do we have enough confidence left in the pot and the available fire power to take control of the remaining three matches and score goals, before pressing on to make the game secure without falling back in numbers and letting the opposition in? Every one of us will be hoping that is the case For my part, I hope it's at least still in the balance as we go into the last fixture, my transport to Scunthorpe having materialised. DavidBu
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Sat 12 Apr 14

tips says...

A few weeks ago nobody would have imagined we would be in the lofty position we are in now.Four cup finals to go and every chance to reach the play offs .
Oxford next so let us go there with confidence and start a winning run.
COYR
A few weeks ago nobody would have imagined we would be in the lofty position we are in now.Four cup finals to go and every chance to reach the play offs . Oxford next so let us go there with confidence and start a winning run. COYR tips
  • Score: 13

8:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Alibor says...

I was at the same match at end of last season and I feared the worst - they scrambled an equaliser from a corner last season. If we are going to make the playoffs, we must score more goals and close out games like this one. We have done really well this year but it would be a shame to miss playoffs.
I was at the same match at end of last season and I feared the worst - they scrambled an equaliser from a corner last season. If we are going to make the playoffs, we must score more goals and close out games like this one. We have done really well this year but it would be a shame to miss playoffs. Alibor
  • Score: 10

9:03pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

Everyone to Oxford.... 12th man? Nah.... Let's make it 13!!
Everyone to Oxford.... 12th man? Nah.... Let's make it 13!! Southern Exile
  • Score: 8

9:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

Alibor wrote:
I was at the same match at end of last season and I feared the worst - they scrambled an equaliser from a corner last season. If we are going to make the playoffs, we must score more goals and close out games like this one. We have done really well this year but it would be a shame to miss playoffs.
I agree with you 100% my earlier post was maybe too abrupt but scoring goals is what the game is all about too many basic errors in our approach in the final 25yds, we don't seem t have players that can draw defenders out of positions ,
in attacking and defending you can only develop moves if you have two players in the midfield that can hold the ball, good players make room for themselves inviting defenders to break ranks, it an art , you cant teach it its natural ability, I hope when Richard Cresswell settles in and looks at the up and coming youngsters in York
[quote][p][bold]Alibor[/bold] wrote: I was at the same match at end of last season and I feared the worst - they scrambled an equaliser from a corner last season. If we are going to make the playoffs, we must score more goals and close out games like this one. We have done really well this year but it would be a shame to miss playoffs.[/p][/quote]I agree with you 100% my earlier post was maybe too abrupt but scoring goals is what the game is all about too many basic errors in our approach in the final 25yds, we don't seem t have players that can draw defenders out of positions , in attacking and defending you can only develop moves if you have two players in the midfield that can hold the ball, good players make room for themselves inviting defenders to break ranks, it an art , you cant teach it its natural ability, I hope when Richard Cresswell settles in and looks at the up and coming youngsters in York bill bailey
  • Score: -1

9:28pm Sat 12 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot.
A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 11

10:26pm Sat 12 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

We got a bit overrun in midfield in last 15 minutes. Perhaps Montrose would have broken things up a bit. But to be fair, it was a really good corner for the equaliser, and all in all Stanley deserved it. Also their fans behind goal were really funny with the letters on their tops.
We got a bit overrun in midfield in last 15 minutes. Perhaps Montrose would have broken things up a bit. But to be fair, it was a really good corner for the equaliser, and all in all Stanley deserved it. Also their fans behind goal were really funny with the letters on their tops. yorkandproud
  • Score: 2

11:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

erniet says...

Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again.
Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again. erniet
  • Score: 7

7:19am Sun 13 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

As I posted earlier in the week, Accrington are the sort of irritating sides that we used to meet in the Conference. They don't give you a moment to play the ball, something we like to do, and they were playing to ensure safety, something epitomised by the reaction to the equaliser.

Looking at the respective run-ins, we are as well-placed as any of the others and, as we saw yesterday, this division will throw freak results up. All we have to do is to stay strong, try to find the net (it WILL happen if we keep creating the chances) and to remember that in those dark days of recent years we would have laughed at the prospect of achieving what we have this season.

Keep it going, my friends, and let's see what happens. There are 16 teams in this division who envy our position.
As I posted earlier in the week, Accrington are the sort of irritating sides that we used to meet in the Conference. They don't give you a moment to play the ball, something we like to do, and they were playing to ensure safety, something epitomised by the reaction to the equaliser. Looking at the respective run-ins, we are as well-placed as any of the others and, as we saw yesterday, this division will throw freak results up. All we have to do is to stay strong, try to find the net (it WILL happen if we keep creating the chances) and to remember that in those dark days of recent years we would have laughed at the prospect of achieving what we have this season. Keep it going, my friends, and let's see what happens. There are 16 teams in this division who envy our position. NottsExile
  • Score: 13

9:00am Sun 13 Apr 14

Dr Brian says...

If anybody had said at Christmas we would be 8th at Easter we would have laughed at them.

Yes we lost a late goal but we have scored late goals too it evens itself out. NW is building a good side times are pretty good at YCFC at the moment
If anybody had said at Christmas we would be 8th at Easter we would have laughed at them. Yes we lost a late goal but we have scored late goals too it evens itself out. NW is building a good side times are pretty good at YCFC at the moment Dr Brian
  • Score: 11

9:54am Sun 13 Apr 14

dadster says...

erniet wrote:
Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again.
Fully agree with you erniet. We are in bonus territory and the fact we are challenging for a play off place shows just how well we have done since start of Jan. It's always disappointing to concede late in a game like yesterday but it was nothing like the feeling after the corresponding game last season when I felt we were doomed.

Our lack of goals was always going to bite us at some stage as you can't rely on keeping clean sheets in every game. For me we are still playing too much long ball stuff and while Andrew won a lot in the air it's not great to watch and didn't prove very effective against a resolute Accrington. I've said on here before that I would like to see us try to play more football now we are safe but it's not really happening and it appears NW is still taking a pragmatic approach to games. Yesterdays game was dull IMO and was crying out for better use of the wide areas but we kept hitting it aerial down the middle which played into their hands and was easy to defend.

A lot of people may disagree with this but I don't think we are ready for promotion and next season is where we should really be looking to challenge properly. Fletcher has proved to be a massive loss for us and has really exposed our lack of firepower when he's not playing. We still lack a creative spark in midfield alongside Penn and someone with a bit of guile who can hold the ball and dictate play better.

At the moment we are a very solid, workmanlike and effective L2 side and that is exactly the platform I would have been happy with at the start of the season so NW has done a great job in that respect. The next part of our evolution should now be to build on that platform and add sufficient creative and attacking quality within our budget to consistently challenge at the top end of the table in coming seasons and get into L1 with the right level of quality and the right playing budget to allow us to compete if and when we get there.

In summary whatever happens in the last 4 games we have overachieved this season and we can look forward with real hope for the future.
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again.[/p][/quote]Fully agree with you erniet. We are in bonus territory and the fact we are challenging for a play off place shows just how well we have done since start of Jan. It's always disappointing to concede late in a game like yesterday but it was nothing like the feeling after the corresponding game last season when I felt we were doomed. Our lack of goals was always going to bite us at some stage as you can't rely on keeping clean sheets in every game. For me we are still playing too much long ball stuff and while Andrew won a lot in the air it's not great to watch and didn't prove very effective against a resolute Accrington. I've said on here before that I would like to see us try to play more football now we are safe but it's not really happening and it appears NW is still taking a pragmatic approach to games. Yesterdays game was dull IMO and was crying out for better use of the wide areas but we kept hitting it aerial down the middle which played into their hands and was easy to defend. A lot of people may disagree with this but I don't think we are ready for promotion and next season is where we should really be looking to challenge properly. Fletcher has proved to be a massive loss for us and has really exposed our lack of firepower when he's not playing. We still lack a creative spark in midfield alongside Penn and someone with a bit of guile who can hold the ball and dictate play better. At the moment we are a very solid, workmanlike and effective L2 side and that is exactly the platform I would have been happy with at the start of the season so NW has done a great job in that respect. The next part of our evolution should now be to build on that platform and add sufficient creative and attacking quality within our budget to consistently challenge at the top end of the table in coming seasons and get into L1 with the right level of quality and the right playing budget to allow us to compete if and when we get there. In summary whatever happens in the last 4 games we have overachieved this season and we can look forward with real hope for the future. dadster
  • Score: 19

10:22am Sun 13 Apr 14

A Bottom says...

dadster wrote:
erniet wrote:
Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again.
Fully agree with you erniet. We are in bonus territory and the fact we are challenging for a play off place shows just how well we have done since start of Jan. It's always disappointing to concede late in a game like yesterday but it was nothing like the feeling after the corresponding game last season when I felt we were doomed.

Our lack of goals was always going to bite us at some stage as you can't rely on keeping clean sheets in every game. For me we are still playing too much long ball stuff and while Andrew won a lot in the air it's not great to watch and didn't prove very effective against a resolute Accrington. I've said on here before that I would like to see us try to play more football now we are safe but it's not really happening and it appears NW is still taking a pragmatic approach to games. Yesterdays game was dull IMO and was crying out for better use of the wide areas but we kept hitting it aerial down the middle which played into their hands and was easy to defend.

A lot of people may disagree with this but I don't think we are ready for promotion and next season is where we should really be looking to challenge properly. Fletcher has proved to be a massive loss for us and has really exposed our lack of firepower when he's not playing. We still lack a creative spark in midfield alongside Penn and someone with a bit of guile who can hold the ball and dictate play better.

At the moment we are a very solid, workmanlike and effective L2 side and that is exactly the platform I would have been happy with at the start of the season so NW has done a great job in that respect. The next part of our evolution should now be to build on that platform and add sufficient creative and attacking quality within our budget to consistently challenge at the top end of the table in coming seasons and get into L1 with the right level of quality and the right playing budget to allow us to compete if and when we get there.

In summary whatever happens in the last 4 games we have overachieved this season and we can look forward with real hope for the future.
Totally agree with you two.
I would take promotion any time and sort shortcomings over the break.
We are still on our way!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]dadster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: Let's not forget that if you'd asked anyone back in September where City would be come Easter 2014, no-one would have given an answer above 16th place! Most people would have been nervously nominating 18th/20th I reckon. Today was a bit disappointing at the end, but that's only 4 defeats in 29 matches now, which is very good at any level. Clearly we do not have sufficient cutting edge, but the overall performance today was not bad at all. We had a few mini-spells of good pressure, but Accrington were also diligent and hardworking. This Division is made up of workmanlike, grafting teams with little between any of them (just look at some of today's results). All in all, we've got to be pleased with the progress being made. I would only make one criticism - I don't think the wingers do enough. To make Brobbel MOTM was a strange decision after the displays of Coulson and Andrew plus our CBs again.[/p][/quote]Fully agree with you erniet. We are in bonus territory and the fact we are challenging for a play off place shows just how well we have done since start of Jan. It's always disappointing to concede late in a game like yesterday but it was nothing like the feeling after the corresponding game last season when I felt we were doomed. Our lack of goals was always going to bite us at some stage as you can't rely on keeping clean sheets in every game. For me we are still playing too much long ball stuff and while Andrew won a lot in the air it's not great to watch and didn't prove very effective against a resolute Accrington. I've said on here before that I would like to see us try to play more football now we are safe but it's not really happening and it appears NW is still taking a pragmatic approach to games. Yesterdays game was dull IMO and was crying out for better use of the wide areas but we kept hitting it aerial down the middle which played into their hands and was easy to defend. A lot of people may disagree with this but I don't think we are ready for promotion and next season is where we should really be looking to challenge properly. Fletcher has proved to be a massive loss for us and has really exposed our lack of firepower when he's not playing. We still lack a creative spark in midfield alongside Penn and someone with a bit of guile who can hold the ball and dictate play better. At the moment we are a very solid, workmanlike and effective L2 side and that is exactly the platform I would have been happy with at the start of the season so NW has done a great job in that respect. The next part of our evolution should now be to build on that platform and add sufficient creative and attacking quality within our budget to consistently challenge at the top end of the table in coming seasons and get into L1 with the right level of quality and the right playing budget to allow us to compete if and when we get there. In summary whatever happens in the last 4 games we have overachieved this season and we can look forward with real hope for the future.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you two. I would take promotion any time and sort shortcomings over the break. We are still on our way!!!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 5

10:52am Sun 13 Apr 14

RooBeck says...

Talk about a re-run of last season's home fixture with Stanley!! We take the lead, can't finish them off and then as they push-up into midfield, we drop deeper and deeper and the inevitable happens as they score in stoppage time from a corner-kick!! To be fair, the visitors deserved a point and they showed our spirit of never-say-die and kept going right to the end. It was a similar game at Accrington on Boxing Day, although that was a point gained by us, rather than the two dropped yesterday. We should keep our heads-up as there is nothing to be downhearted about - we have extended our unbeaten run since the home game against Chesterfield - and our keeper and defence look as solid as ever and our strongest arm. Lets get down to Oxford on Good Friday afternoon and get right behind the City team and bring back the result that will put us back in the Top Seven and platform another cross-Pennine derby on Easter Monday!! COYR.
Talk about a re-run of last season's home fixture with Stanley!! We take the lead, can't finish them off and then as they push-up into midfield, we drop deeper and deeper and the inevitable happens as they score in stoppage time from a corner-kick!! To be fair, the visitors deserved a point and they showed our spirit of never-say-die and kept going right to the end. It was a similar game at Accrington on Boxing Day, although that was a point gained by us, rather than the two dropped yesterday. We should keep our heads-up as there is nothing to be downhearted about - we have extended our unbeaten run since the home game against Chesterfield - and our keeper and defence look as solid as ever and our strongest arm. Lets get down to Oxford on Good Friday afternoon and get right behind the City team and bring back the result that will put us back in the Top Seven and platform another cross-Pennine derby on Easter Monday!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 3

11:20am Sun 13 Apr 14

PositiveFootball says...

To put it in perspective, last season injury time equaliser felt 10 times worse than yesterday.
To put it in perspective, last season injury time equaliser felt 10 times worse than yesterday. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 14

6:33pm Sun 13 Apr 14

York Fan says...

IMO Carson and Fletcher are a big miss for YCFC in holding areas and scoring. we need to score more goals to get into playoffs. All the best guys for your operations this month and get ready for next season, we need you guys!!! Big time.
IMO Carson and Fletcher are a big miss for YCFC in holding areas and scoring. we need to score more goals to get into playoffs. All the best guys for your operations this month and get ready for next season, we need you guys!!! Big time. York Fan
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Sun 13 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot.
Agree with this but would add that the team can only perform upto the ability of the players. We simply do not have the skill in midfield. We have the steel, the strength, the determination but not skill of a player who can pull the strings. NW has done a very good job. Lets us see what can be achieved this year but just one or two more signings to complete the team for next year.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot.[/p][/quote]Agree with this but would add that the team can only perform upto the ability of the players. We simply do not have the skill in midfield. We have the steel, the strength, the determination but not skill of a player who can pull the strings. NW has done a very good job. Lets us see what can be achieved this year but just one or two more signings to complete the team for next year. the-e-man
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 14 Apr 14

joejamestom says...

the-e-man wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot.
Agree with this but would add that the team can only perform upto the ability of the players. We simply do not have the skill in midfield. We have the steel, the strength, the determination but not skill of a player who can pull the strings. NW has done a very good job. Lets us see what can be achieved this year but just one or two more signings to complete the team for next year.
You make a good point about our midfield not quite up to the job but given that our prospects of scoring 2 goals a game to ensure 3 points look currently remote with our two players with the best touch & skill I find it hard to complain about the league position. This seems to be a very much transitional team & now we have a decent defensive base to build on maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money.
The only thing that surprised me about the early season was how long it took the coaching staff to recognise that the players we had could not compete at this level, going forward though it seems we have a significant portion of the team as loan players so a difficult task for the manager to either sign them at little cost or source new players as good.
Given that last season Rochdale were woeful & they are very decent now we have a good chance of a competitive squad next season if the players can be brought in.
[quote][p][bold]the-e-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: A result like this has been on the cards for weeks. Our "Plan A" is to keep a clean sheet, but we simply dont have a "Plan B". I can count on one hand the serious goal attempts we have had in our last three matches. Until we got the penalty we didnt really look like scoring. Although it was gut-wrenching, Accrington deserved their late equaliser, they showed a lot of character after we scored. We still have four matches left to get enough points to try and clinch a play-off spot. It wont be easy, but after coming this far we have got to give it our best shot.[/p][/quote]Agree with this but would add that the team can only perform upto the ability of the players. We simply do not have the skill in midfield. We have the steel, the strength, the determination but not skill of a player who can pull the strings. NW has done a very good job. Lets us see what can be achieved this year but just one or two more signings to complete the team for next year.[/p][/quote]You make a good point about our midfield not quite up to the job but given that our prospects of scoring 2 goals a game to ensure 3 points look currently remote with our two players with the best touch & skill I find it hard to complain about the league position. This seems to be a very much transitional team & now we have a decent defensive base to build on maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money. The only thing that surprised me about the early season was how long it took the coaching staff to recognise that the players we had could not compete at this level, going forward though it seems we have a significant portion of the team as loan players so a difficult task for the manager to either sign them at little cost or source new players as good. Given that last season Rochdale were woeful & they are very decent now we have a good chance of a competitive squad next season if the players can be brought in. joejamestom
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

A Bottom says...

bill bailey wrote:
13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness.
Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.
The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: 13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness. Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.[/p][/quote]The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

A Bottom wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness.
Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.
The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!!
If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals
then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing
And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up .
That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here .
They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul .
[quote][p][bold]A Bottom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: 13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness. Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.[/p][/quote]The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!![/p][/quote]If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up . That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here . They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul . bill bailey
  • Score: -2

3:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Some old bloke says...

For anyone puzzled by the choice of Brobbel as MoM, I think it was just an individual choice, as explained in another Press story today, titled 'York man left for dead in attack - Mum tells of anguish' Best wishes to all concerned.
For anyone puzzled by the choice of Brobbel as MoM, I think it was just an individual choice, as explained in another Press story today, titled 'York man left for dead in attack - Mum tells of anguish' Best wishes to all concerned. Some old bloke
  • Score: -4

5:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

JamesHinch says...

Cant fault the lads for effort.

We were struggling to retain the ball and Montrose should have come on instead of Bowman to sure things up. Get a point at Oxford and I still think we'll do it.
Cant fault the lads for effort. We were struggling to retain the ball and Montrose should have come on instead of Bowman to sure things up. Get a point at Oxford and I still think we'll do it. JamesHinch
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Phil, Leeds says...

The performances of Lowe and McCombe have been absolutely immense and are the main reason we are now challenging for promotion. I will certainly be voting for Lowe as player of the season. Nick Pope too has been outstanding so was a great shame he got his positioning wrong for the equaliser. The best chances were created by Hayhurst - his ball across the face of the goal was a terrific pass and you would hope that someone would get on the end of such quality. Was impressed by Andrew who won just about everything in the air but as others have pointed out we just need a bit more guile in centre midfield. It's going to be a tense but interesting final 4 games.
The performances of Lowe and McCombe have been absolutely immense and are the main reason we are now challenging for promotion. I will certainly be voting for Lowe as player of the season. Nick Pope too has been outstanding so was a great shame he got his positioning wrong for the equaliser. The best chances were created by Hayhurst - his ball across the face of the goal was a terrific pass and you would hope that someone would get on the end of such quality. Was impressed by Andrew who won just about everything in the air but as others have pointed out we just need a bit more guile in centre midfield. It's going to be a tense but interesting final 4 games. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Mon 14 Apr 14

TheBurton says...

Don't understand where the 7/10 rating came from for the referee. He was very poor. Decisive and made very few mistakes?!
There was the one where Lowe or McCombe jumped for the ball and an AS player backed into him and the free kick went their way.
There was the one where our player was waiting for the ball to drop to them and an AS player completely knocked him to the floor, no free kick for us.
There was the one where Coulson was essentially rugby tackled on the edge of the box. Free kick but no yellow card.
There was the one where our player was fouled and he didnt play on even though it was about 5 v 2 in our favour.
Don't even think he would have given the penalty for us unless his linesman flagged for it.
Very poor refereeing display.
Don't understand where the 7/10 rating came from for the referee. He was very poor. Decisive and made very few mistakes?! There was the one where Lowe or McCombe jumped for the ball and an AS player backed into him and the free kick went their way. There was the one where our player was waiting for the ball to drop to them and an AS player completely knocked him to the floor, no free kick for us. There was the one where Coulson was essentially rugby tackled on the edge of the box. Free kick but no yellow card. There was the one where our player was fouled and he didnt play on even though it was about 5 v 2 in our favour. Don't even think he would have given the penalty for us unless his linesman flagged for it. Very poor refereeing display. TheBurton
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

nudger says...

Saturday's results just go to show how unpredictable this division is this year, and that we should be prepared to battle,despite setbacks, right to the finish. Having been at Spotland last week, I could not believe Rochdale could lose by three at Field Mill. Amazing that Mansfield with a comparatively benign run-in could yet nick a play off place.Also amazing at this stage of the season that many managers bemoaned their team's performances as flat,or lacklustre, such as Plymouh, Rochdale, Southend,and Dagenham at the top of the league and Wycombe, Bristol Rovers and Exeter at the bottom.
Nor can many teams be said to 'be on the beach' yet except perhaps Bury and Newport, (who also,of course, both play on one), and whom we have yet to host.
Saturday's results just go to show how unpredictable this division is this year, and that we should be prepared to battle,despite setbacks, right to the finish. Having been at Spotland last week, I could not believe Rochdale could lose by three at Field Mill. Amazing that Mansfield with a comparatively benign run-in could yet nick a play off place.Also amazing at this stage of the season that many managers bemoaned their team's performances as flat,or lacklustre, such as Plymouh, Rochdale, Southend,and Dagenham at the top of the league and Wycombe, Bristol Rovers and Exeter at the bottom. Nor can many teams be said to 'be on the beach' yet except perhaps Bury and Newport, (who also,of course, both play on one), and whom we have yet to host. nudger
  • Score: 1

8:03pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Koala says...

Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.
Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad. Koala
  • Score: 8

9:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Koala wrote:
Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.
Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward.
[quote][p][bold]Koala[/bold] wrote: Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.[/p][/quote]Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 2

11:23pm Mon 14 Apr 14

tips says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Koala wrote:
Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.
Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward.
Agree entirely..... we need to score goals and Jarvis should be given his chance alongside Andrew/Bowman with Coulson coming in from wide,
Score some goals and keep our form at the back going and who knows where we might end up.
.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Koala[/bold] wrote: Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.[/p][/quote]Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely..... we need to score goals and Jarvis should be given his chance alongside Andrew/Bowman with Coulson coming in from wide, Score some goals and keep our form at the back going and who knows where we might end up. . tips
  • Score: 2

9:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

Reading comments and reports about Oxford's change of fortune it would appear that they have two wingers who have pace and who managed to get round the back of the Plymouth defence on Saturday. No doubt Nigel will be aware of this and will be planning to neutralise this threat.

As other posters on here have stated, we have to experiment with various combinations in attack and it seems we all agree that our options will be enhanced through the use of Michael Coulson on the wing and two in the middle to take advantage of his skills.

Let's take the game to the opposition and we will collect three points. Trust in the manager and the team to extend the season to at least 48 games.
Reading comments and reports about Oxford's change of fortune it would appear that they have two wingers who have pace and who managed to get round the back of the Plymouth defence on Saturday. No doubt Nigel will be aware of this and will be planning to neutralise this threat. As other posters on here have stated, we have to experiment with various combinations in attack and it seems we all agree that our options will be enhanced through the use of Michael Coulson on the wing and two in the middle to take advantage of his skills. Let's take the game to the opposition and we will collect three points. Trust in the manager and the team to extend the season to at least 48 games. NottsExile
  • Score: 3

10:26am Tue 15 Apr 14

poppyroad says...

the most important part of Saturday happened before the kick off with
the immaculate observation of the minute's silence.
I've been to Hillsborough this morning to pay my respects.
Justice for the 96.
the most important part of Saturday happened before the kick off with the immaculate observation of the minute's silence. I've been to Hillsborough this morning to pay my respects. Justice for the 96. poppyroad
  • Score: 7

10:39am Tue 15 Apr 14

joejamestom says...

bill bailey wrote:
A Bottom wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness.
Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.
The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!!
If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals
then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing
And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up .
That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here .
They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul .
Bill, I think you will find that I wrote "maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money" my impression was that NW hoped that young Bowman would carry on his good work from non league however while I feel he has great potential at this level its a case of waiting for him to learn to cope with Lg 2 along with York City. I say to you Bill quote accurately though we all see what we want to. Cmon City!!!
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Bottom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: 13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness. Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.[/p][/quote]The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!![/p][/quote]If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up . That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here . They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul .[/p][/quote]Bill, I think you will find that I wrote "maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money" my impression was that NW hoped that young Bowman would carry on his good work from non league however while I feel he has great potential at this level its a case of waiting for him to learn to cope with Lg 2 along with York City. I say to you Bill quote accurately though we all see what we want to. Cmon City!!! joejamestom
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Tue 15 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

tips wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
Koala wrote:
Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.
Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward.
Agree entirely..... we need to score goals and Jarvis should be given his chance alongside Andrew/Bowman with Coulson coming in from wide,
Score some goals and keep our form at the back going and who knows where we might end up.
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Changes to the team should be considered, but our successful formula at the moment is to neutralise the opposition and stop them scoring. Should a change stop us being able to do this, then it would be a failure unless we score a handful.

Personally, I agree with the Jarvis call. Not the most technically gifted, but he certainly scores goals so deserves a run out.
[quote][p][bold]tips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Koala[/bold] wrote: Still puzzled by NW's continuing attempts to fit three left wingers into his front four. Surely in our current situation Jarvis deserves to be in the middle with either Andrew or Bowman. Coulson can do the right wing job and he is much more of a threat cutting in from the wing. Hayhurst should start on the left and be replaced by Brobbel in second half. I believe this would give us the best chance of a goal from the current squad.[/p][/quote]Good points made - Due to losing our two most dangerous attackers (Fletcher/Carson) the Managers only option is to juggle the availabe strikers and hope that he can come up with a successful combination. I would also like to see Coulson on the wing and Jarvis partner Andrew up front. If we are going to have a sporting chance of making the play-offs, we desperately need to start scoring more goals. I also feel that our midfield needs to support the strikers more, they defend very well, but they are not nearly as effective going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely..... we need to score goals and Jarvis should be given his chance alongside Andrew/Bowman with Coulson coming in from wide, Score some goals and keep our form at the back going and who knows where we might end up. .[/p][/quote]Changes to the team should be considered, but our successful formula at the moment is to neutralise the opposition and stop them scoring. Should a change stop us being able to do this, then it would be a failure unless we score a handful. Personally, I agree with the Jarvis call. Not the most technically gifted, but he certainly scores goals so deserves a run out. The Legend Of Keith
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8:50am Wed 16 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

joejamestom wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
A Bottom wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness.
Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.
The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!!
If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals
then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing
And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up .
That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here .
They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul .
Bill, I think you will find that I wrote "maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money" my impression was that NW hoped that young Bowman would carry on his good work from non league however while I feel he has great potential at this level its a case of waiting for him to learn to cope with Lg 2 along with York City. I say to you Bill quote accurately though we all see what we want to. Cmon City!!!
Good try , don't wriggle you either say what you mean or don't say at all,YOU said " Or find a 20 goal striker for no money" that in my book is clear, that's not seeing what I want to see, Don't twist words .
[quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Bottom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: 13 shots 4 on target one of which was a penalty ,, again,, thank goodness. Cant blame the defence, it's forwards not using their brains, cant afford to have a target man that just heads the ball, well you can if the others can make something of them, the best form of defence is to attack but we didn't after we scored, we got the jitters.[/p][/quote]The best form of defence is to defend well!!!!!![/p][/quote]If that's the case whats the best form of attack?.Joejamestom said in his comment , We can get a striker who will cost nothing and hell score 20 goals then I say to him where ? according to the BBC web site the leading scorer in our division is Sam Wnnall with 23 followed by Scott Hogan of Rochdale with 17..Try and get those for nothing And coming back to you A Bottom. Our attackers are under performing putting our defence un continuing pressure , The midfield are not holding the ball and setting up scoring chances , what have we got left balls coming high into the area and its land on some ones head he knods it down and no one picks it up . That's not just me saying it you want to read other comments on here . They say , Good defence but under pressure. Midfield by and large not creating much. I go back to what I wrote , 13 shots 4 on target one of witch was the penalty, If you are happy with that fine , but as look at our last few results I don't see us turning over the others in the play offs if we get there ,by scoring goals , I hope im wrong , But as I have been saying ALL SEASON we will be in the play offs , We have exceeded most supporters expectations that makes me chuffed because we all deserve the good times , Its been a long haul .[/p][/quote]Bill, I think you will find that I wrote "maybe Mr Worthington can improve our strikers or find a 20 goal striker for no money" my impression was that NW hoped that young Bowman would carry on his good work from non league however while I feel he has great potential at this level its a case of waiting for him to learn to cope with Lg 2 along with York City. I say to you Bill quote accurately though we all see what we want to. Cmon City!!![/p][/quote]Good try , don't wriggle you either say what you mean or don't say at all,YOU said " Or find a 20 goal striker for no money" that in my book is clear, that's not seeing what I want to see, Don't twist words . bill bailey
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