Match report: Oxford United 0, York City 1

York Press: York City forward Michael Coulson scores from the penalty spot at Oxford York City forward Michael Coulson scores from the penalty spot at Oxford

YORK City jumped back into a Sky Bet League Two play-off place after equalling the club’s longest undefeated run in 30 years.

A 1-0 win at Oxford, courtesy of Michael Coulson’s second penalty in as many matches, lifted the visitors back into the top seven at the expense of their hosts.

It also meant no side since City’s history-making 1984 team have gone longer without being beaten than Nigel Worthington’s players.

Only one – that inherited from Billy McEwan by Colin Walker in 2007/08 – can match the present sequence of 14 games without a loss although the likes of Droylsden, Weymouth and Farsley Celtic were among the Minstermen’s opponents back then.

Fast-forward six years and the likes of Sheffield United, Bristol City and Bradford could still lie in wait for Worthington’s class of 2013/14 next term.

The current players deserve great credit for sustaining their top-seven push in the absence of attacking talismen Wes Fletcher and Josh Carson.

Without the pair, the visitors have only two Coulson spot kicks to show for their efforts during the last four matches.

Ex-Grimsby and Barnsley attacker Coulson, meanwhile, went into yesterday’s Good Friday clash as the leading marksman in City’s starting line-up with five goals.

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Furthermore, only three of his team-mates had netted for the club this term – winger Ryan Brobbel (three goals), centre-back John Mc- Combe (three) and Will Hayhurst (one with the aid of a deflection).

The Minstermen have also now averaged less than a goal a game during their last nine fixtures, although the likes of play-off rivals Oxford (five), Burton (seven) and Plymouth (seven) have, revealingly, netted fewer times over the corresponding period.

In such a tightly-contested fight, therefore, a City side that has not conceded in open play for 14 matches and only shipped twice from a corner and once from a free kick during that time are truly credible contenders.

At the Kassam Stadium, Dave Kitson’s fifth-minute, sidefooted effort from the edge of the penalty box proved Oxford’s solitary shot on target as the visitors produced a typically combative and resolute display on their travels, where 19 points have now been collected from a possible 21.

Prior to the twin introductions of Alfie Potter and David Connolly in the second half, Oxford did not help themselves in that respect either with lone central striker James Constable left too isolated for long periods.

Former Premier League target man Kitson was puzzlingly employed with his back often 60 yards from the City goal, picking up the ball in pockets of space that rarely troubled the visitors.

Following ex-Reading forward Kitson’s early effort, touched over by Nick Pope, Ben Davies’ 30- yard half-volley sailed over on 20 minutes during a first half of little incident.

Home full-back David Hunt also hoofed the ball into the car park from distance and Coulson chipped over from 15 yards before Constable headed off target from a cross by Callum O’Dowda, who went on to drive wide from the edge of the box.

City started the second half, however, with purpose and a right-wing raid by Ryan Brobbel led to an early corner.

Just six days after a mishit flag kick had secured a stoppage-time point for Accrington at Bootham Crescent, Hayhurst’s delivery also stabbed a finger of fun at the hours of training ground work that goes into set-piece situations.

His scuffed cross found Russell Penn at the near post and, when the City skipper attempted to hook the ball over his head, Kitson raised his hands and linesman Jake Hillier persuaded previously unconvinced referee Oliver Langford that a penalty should be awarded.

Belying a spot-kick history that had only seen him take his first, outside of shoot-outs, less than a week before, Coulson then fired firmly with confidence to home keeper Ryan Clarke’s right on 47 minutes.

Moments later, an off-balance Constable lifted over Pope’s crossbar from eight yards and Ryan Williams dragged wastefully wide after bursting through the right channel when Davies’ clearance cannoned off Adam Reed’s back.

A sliding Pope was also alert to nick the ball off Nicky Wroe’s toes after Kitson’s through ball.

City responded with Calvin Andrew calling Clarke into an elaborate flying save from 30 yards and Hayhurst’s inswinging corner was headed off the line by Hunt.

At the other end, Connolly hooked a chance over his head and wide after Pope failed to collect Hunt’s long throw and Constable had the ball in the net but was blown up for handball.

Coulson went on to fire at Clarke from 25 yards before home centreback Michael Raynes had two late chances after being thrown upfield.

First, he spooned an excellent opportunity over after being picked out expertly by Connolly eight yards from goal. He then headed narrowly wide after a Potter cross as the Minstermen held on for three crucial points.
 

Match facts

Oxfod United 0, York City 1 (Coulson pen 47)

York City

Nick Pope: made a few uncharacteristic misjudgements but showed character to make some crucial claims and punches. 7

Lanre Oyebanjo: uncertain start both defensively and in possession before recovering to lock down his side. 7

Keith Lowe: given a few problems by Constable but stayed undeterred and made vital blocks late on. 7

John McCombe: STAR MAN – made right decisions on the floor and in the air, stood tall, never looked in trouble. 8

Ben Davies: comfortably had the measure of rightwinger Williams and defended with determination. 8

Ryan Brobbel: provided his team with a real outlet in the second half and carried the attack to Oxford. 7

Russell Penn: got important toes on the ball when needed and rarely gave it away as he drove the side on. 8

Adam Reed: made some key challenges as he continues to impress with his willingness to do the dirty work in midfield. 8

Will Hayhurst: always a threat from his dead-ball deliveries even if corner that led to penalty was a mis-hit. 7

Calvin Andrew: ran himself into the ground for the cause in the second half, gave defenders an uneasy time. 7

Michael Coulson: despatched his penalty with real decisiveness and confidence. 8

Subs: Sander Puri (for Hayhurst, 84), Lewis Montrose (for Reed, 88), Ryan Bowman (for Andrew, 90). Not used: Michael Ingham, Ryan Jarvis, Tom Allan.


Oxford United

Ryan Clarke, David Hunt, Jake Wright, Michael Raynes, Tom Newey, Ryan Williams (Alfie Potter, 69), Nicky Wroe, Josh Ruffels, Callum O’Dowda (David Connolly, 74), Dave Kitson, James Constable. Subs not used: Max Crocombe, Andy Whing, Danny Rose, Scott Davies, Sam Long.

Star man: Wright – unyielding at the back.


Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Rating: 7/10 – looked to get most things right.

Booked: Andrew 27, Wroe 31, Coulson 66, Reed 74.

Attendance: 7,118 (781 from City).

Shots on target: Oxford 1, City 4.

Shots off target: Oxford 10, City 2.

Corners: Oxford 5, City 5.

Fouls conceded: Oxford 15, City 14.

Offsides: Oxford 1, City 2.

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5:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

Even with my positivity I half expected a lost point or two today, but WOW!!
An attritional victory with players throwing themselves into the path of shots to prevent the Us from scoring. The fans who made the trip have my utmost respect and they made the extra man - as I hoped.
I have dreamed of going into the play-offs and we are getting the benefit of the sorts of decisions that went against us before Christmas so my dream is slowly becoming a possible reality. Bury are no mugs so I am sure Nigel will prepare the team for a tough one on Monday.
I love ugly 1-0 wins if we have to have them but something a little less fraught would be rather nice.
Keep the faith and COME YOU MIGHTY REDS!
Even with my positivity I half expected a lost point or two today, but WOW!! An attritional victory with players throwing themselves into the path of shots to prevent the Us from scoring. The fans who made the trip have my utmost respect and they made the extra man - as I hoped. I have dreamed of going into the play-offs and we are getting the benefit of the sorts of decisions that went against us before Christmas so my dream is slowly becoming a possible reality. Bury are no mugs so I am sure Nigel will prepare the team for a tough one on Monday. I love ugly 1-0 wins if we have to have them but something a little less fraught would be rather nice. Keep the faith and COME YOU MIGHTY REDS! NottsExile
  • Score: 18

5:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Al-YCFC says...

Great stuff!
Great stuff! Al-YCFC
  • Score: 8

5:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

rockley214 says...

Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock.
Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock. rockley214
  • Score: 19

5:20pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Boyer for England says...

Pity we can only take 1600 to Scuny !!
Pity we can only take 1600 to Scuny !! Boyer for England
  • Score: 7

5:24pm Fri 18 Apr 14

YorkCityLuke says...

A masterclass in cagey, cautious (and successful!) away game tactics from NW. I thought the back 4 were excellent, Ben Davies especially who would be my man of the match. Russ Penn or Coulson come in close second place. We clearly lack a prolific goalscorer at the moment, which is really nobodies fault (well, perhaps the animals at Portsmouth who injured two of our better forwards...), yet we're still grinding out some truly excellent results. Let's do the same to Bury, Newport and Scunthorpe and see where that leaves us.
A masterclass in cagey, cautious (and successful!) away game tactics from NW. I thought the back 4 were excellent, Ben Davies especially who would be my man of the match. Russ Penn or Coulson come in close second place. We clearly lack a prolific goalscorer at the moment, which is really nobodies fault (well, perhaps the animals at Portsmouth who injured two of our better forwards...), yet we're still grinding out some truly excellent results. Let's do the same to Bury, Newport and Scunthorpe and see where that leaves us. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 18

5:32pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Great result! Any chance of a goal feast on Monday and City could score two?
Great result! Any chance of a goal feast on Monday and City could score two? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Fri 18 Apr 14

dadster says...

Another great result. It's not pretty but it's certainly effective the way NW has the team set up to play. I've said on here on a number if occasions I'd like to see us play more attractive football but you can't argue with the results.

Bury will be a very hard game on Monday but I still can't believe we are in a play off position so no pressure. Lets just see what happens and enjoy a stress free ride.

Well done to all concerned today including a fantastic City away following yet again.
Another great result. It's not pretty but it's certainly effective the way NW has the team set up to play. I've said on here on a number if occasions I'd like to see us play more attractive football but you can't argue with the results. Bury will be a very hard game on Monday but I still can't believe we are in a play off position so no pressure. Lets just see what happens and enjoy a stress free ride. Well done to all concerned today including a fantastic City away following yet again. dadster
  • Score: 18

6:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Lambi-63 says...

Great result. The way Bury are playing they will bring a good crowd over on Monday. Bank Holiday football always adds a few extra on the gate and we have the added excitement of aiming for a play off place. I'll go for 5,000 plus!
Great result. The way Bury are playing they will bring a good crowd over on Monday. Bank Holiday football always adds a few extra on the gate and we have the added excitement of aiming for a play off place. I'll go for 5,000 plus! Lambi-63
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Well done to the team, the manager and the supporters who came down today despite the problems on the A1. Tactically a master stroke but, as others have posted, it wasn't pretty and I can fully understand why we aren't getting 4,000 fans through the turnstiles at BC. This defence looks rock solid, though - the best I've seen in a decade - it's good to have Football League quality players back at the club. We don't yet have a lot of creativity in midfield, suspect we are missing Josh Carson. Great result though, which means dinner tonight is on my host!

Bring on the Bury!!
Well done to the team, the manager and the supporters who came down today despite the problems on the A1. Tactically a master stroke but, as others have posted, it wasn't pretty and I can fully understand why we aren't getting 4,000 fans through the turnstiles at BC. This defence looks rock solid, though - the best I've seen in a decade - it's good to have Football League quality players back at the club. We don't yet have a lot of creativity in midfield, suspect we are missing Josh Carson. Great result though, which means dinner tonight is on my host! Bring on the Bury!! Tug job
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I have to be honest I didnt have the confidence to predict a City win a Oxford, but I am over the moon with these three points. At this stage of the season, its all about results, and results dont come much better than this one. Another tough game coming up against Bury. I will as usual remain cautious, but after today I cant wait for 3 Oclock on Monday afternoon.
I have to be honest I didnt have the confidence to predict a City win a Oxford, but I am over the moon with these three points. At this stage of the season, its all about results, and results dont come much better than this one. Another tough game coming up against Bury. I will as usual remain cautious, but after today I cant wait for 3 Oclock on Monday afternoon. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 14

6:15pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pip007 says...

Just as I thought, it's the white shorts! Now let's bang a few in on Monday.
Just as I thought, it's the white shorts! Now let's bang a few in on Monday. pip007
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Fri 18 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

Well done york. Let's get a massive crowd on Monday
Well done york. Let's get a massive crowd on Monday againstthecuts
  • Score: 11

6:31pm Fri 18 Apr 14

SelseyBill says...

WELL DONE city. I am so pleased we are in with a chance of the playoffs. One nil wins are hard on my heart but I will keep taking the pills if that's what it takes. Please can the forwards score though as this would relieve so some of my stress, but just keep going forward. WELL DONE TO ALL THE TEAM AND MANAGER.
WELL DONE city. I am so pleased we are in with a chance of the playoffs. One nil wins are hard on my heart but I will keep taking the pills if that's what it takes. Please can the forwards score though as this would relieve so some of my stress, but just keep going forward. WELL DONE TO ALL THE TEAM AND MANAGER. SelseyBill
  • Score: 15

6:43pm Fri 18 Apr 14

circuitous route dorset says...

Just flabbergasted with our results Come on City. This is what we are fans for.
Just flabbergasted with our results Come on City. This is what we are fans for. circuitous route dorset
  • Score: 7

7:07pm Fri 18 Apr 14

PhilR@Strike says...

Well done City! Have been waiting years to see a York win at the Kassam!
Good hard won game, where York grafted and out faught Oxford.
Never gave the Oxford players a second on the ball!
Good spot by the linesman for the Handball Pen, that the crowd and
Ref didn't see :)
Well done City! Have been waiting years to see a York win at the Kassam! Good hard won game, where York grafted and out faught Oxford. Never gave the Oxford players a second on the ball! Good spot by the linesman for the Handball Pen, that the crowd and Ref didn't see :) PhilR@Strike
  • Score: 10

7:40pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Realistic ycfc says...

rockley214 wrote:
Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock.
I just don't understand the meaning of this statement? 'This is getting scary' please explain why it is 'scary'??
[quote][p][bold]rockley214[/bold] wrote: Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock.[/p][/quote]I just don't understand the meaning of this statement? 'This is getting scary' please explain why it is 'scary'?? Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -29

7:49pm Fri 18 Apr 14

poppyroad says...

fantastic

this team is grinding its way to the play offs

keep grinding!
fantastic this team is grinding its way to the play offs keep grinding! poppyroad
  • Score: 4

7:51pm Fri 18 Apr 14

heartbreaker says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
rockley214 wrote:
Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock.
I just don't understand the meaning of this statement? 'This is getting scary' please explain why it is 'scary'??
It's a fairly straightforward statement
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockley214[/bold] wrote: Absolutely fantastic result. This is getting scary. Well done to everyone. What brilliant supporters too. They all deserve this result. Roll on Monday. Let's get 4,000 plus there and make the place rock.[/p][/quote]I just don't understand the meaning of this statement? 'This is getting scary' please explain why it is 'scary'??[/p][/quote]It's a fairly straightforward statement heartbreaker
  • Score: 23

8:34pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pip007 says...

I have a feeling we can become the first team ever to get into the play offs, and win promotion, scoring only penalties! Keep practicing lads ... nothing's impossible!
I have a feeling we can become the first team ever to get into the play offs, and win promotion, scoring only penalties! Keep practicing lads ... nothing's impossible! pip007
  • Score: 7

8:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

erniet says...

I thought we played better than we have in the last two or three games. The team is very disciplined and well-drilled, which sounds dull but is spot on for this league, where there isn't much between most of the teams. Once again we had spells where we looked likely to add to our lead. The defence and central midfielders were exceptional today. Also, it's noticeable how Coulson and Andrew defend from the front which helps to keep the pressure off the back line. Really good, hardworking performance. I suspect Monday will be tricky because they worked very hard today and NW may well have to change the team a bit to freshen things up. Nevertheless, the force does definitely seem to be with us!
I thought we played better than we have in the last two or three games. The team is very disciplined and well-drilled, which sounds dull but is spot on for this league, where there isn't much between most of the teams. Once again we had spells where we looked likely to add to our lead. The defence and central midfielders were exceptional today. Also, it's noticeable how Coulson and Andrew defend from the front which helps to keep the pressure off the back line. Really good, hardworking performance. I suspect Monday will be tricky because they worked very hard today and NW may well have to change the team a bit to freshen things up. Nevertheless, the force does definitely seem to be with us! erniet
  • Score: 8

9:24pm Fri 18 Apr 14

johnbyrneshair says...

Best centre halves for years- didn't give Kitson an inch despite him using all the dirty tricks in the book. As 'the secret footballer' expected a bit more cultured approach. Davies given runaround by their Fulham loaned winger until Penn wound him up so much had to be removed. Pope unusually shaky in the air today - battering by Oxford forwards caused a few mishandlings. Excellent save at feet in second half though. Coulson and Andrew ran hearts out again. Good job got pen though as didn't look like scoring otherwise. Fantastic support as usual - must be best away in Div2.
Best centre halves for years- didn't give Kitson an inch despite him using all the dirty tricks in the book. As 'the secret footballer' expected a bit more cultured approach. Davies given runaround by their Fulham loaned winger until Penn wound him up so much had to be removed. Pope unusually shaky in the air today - battering by Oxford forwards caused a few mishandlings. Excellent save at feet in second half though. Coulson and Andrew ran hearts out again. Good job got pen though as didn't look like scoring otherwise. Fantastic support as usual - must be best away in Div2. johnbyrneshair
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Fri 18 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1.
Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season.
Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half.
Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it.
Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice.
Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start.
Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges.
All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1. Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season. Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half. Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it. Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice. Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start. Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Southern Exile says...

PhilR@Strike wrote:
Well done City! Have been waiting years to see a York win at the Kassam!
Good hard won game, where York grafted and out faught Oxford.
Never gave the Oxford players a second on the ball!
Good spot by the linesman for the Handball Pen, that the crowd and
Ref didn't see :)
The crowd certainly saw it.. it was the nonce of the ref that didn't, he was dreadful...
[quote][p][bold]PhilR@Strike[/bold] wrote: Well done City! Have been waiting years to see a York win at the Kassam! Good hard won game, where York grafted and out faught Oxford. Never gave the Oxford players a second on the ball! Good spot by the linesman for the Handball Pen, that the crowd and Ref didn't see :)[/p][/quote]The crowd certainly saw it.. it was the nonce of the ref that didn't, he was dreadful... Southern Exile
  • Score: 2

11:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Marooned61 says...

Fantastic result today, great performance from the whole team. Interesting listening to radio oxford during the half hour stuck in their car park. The Oxford comintator said the York fans won the game for York, so we'll done us! He also said we are a team with no stars but won the game through work rate and organization. I think he hit the nail on the head there. It Was funny listening to the Oxford fans phone in after too, I've never heard such a bunch of depressed souls, almost felt sorry for them.......almost.
Fantastic result today, great performance from the whole team. Interesting listening to radio oxford during the half hour stuck in their car park. The Oxford comintator said the York fans won the game for York, so we'll done us! He also said we are a team with no stars but won the game through work rate and organization. I think he hit the nail on the head there. It Was funny listening to the Oxford fans phone in after too, I've never heard such a bunch of depressed souls, almost felt sorry for them.......almost. Marooned61
  • Score: 10

10:45am Sat 19 Apr 14

DavidBu says...

This is becoming as exciting as it gets.
My usual access to Barry Parker dried up yesterday, so I couldn't even get the commentary, but it looks like the defence was back to its best again.
The biggest worry is about where the goals are going to come from. Without those two penalties we'd have got one point from the last two games and would be almost out of it. That said, I'm now supremely confident that we are going to do it, unless something unpredictable happens, If the defence holds, we may get home with as few as two goals from those last three games, but the odds are that it's still going to be hanging going into the Scunthorpe match.
This is becoming as exciting as it gets. My usual access to Barry Parker dried up yesterday, so I couldn't even get the commentary, but it looks like the defence was back to its best again. The biggest worry is about where the goals are going to come from. Without those two penalties we'd have got one point from the last two games and would be almost out of it. That said, I'm now supremely confident that we are going to do it, unless something unpredictable happens, If the defence holds, we may get home with as few as two goals from those last three games, but the odds are that it's still going to be hanging going into the Scunthorpe match. DavidBu
  • Score: 4

10:46am Sat 19 Apr 14

heartbreaker says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1.
Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season.
Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half.
Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it.
Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice.
Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start.
Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges.
Hopefully Scunny will do us a favour on Monday and beat Oxford then a draw v Bury and a win v Newport will almost do it. Potentially may leave with us needing a point v Scunny on the last day to secure it... a scenario may also arise where we need a point to secure play offs and they need a point for promotion / championship. Still think there will be a couple of twist and turns but the last day could be a looong 90 mins!
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1. Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season. Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half. Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it. Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice. Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start. Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges.[/p][/quote]Hopefully Scunny will do us a favour on Monday and beat Oxford then a draw v Bury and a win v Newport will almost do it. Potentially may leave with us needing a point v Scunny on the last day to secure it... a scenario may also arise where we need a point to secure play offs and they need a point for promotion / championship. Still think there will be a couple of twist and turns but the last day could be a looong 90 mins! heartbreaker
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Sat 19 Apr 14

A Bottom says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1.
Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season.
Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half.
Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it.
Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice.
Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start.
Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges.
Actually I think the home form could be down to my lucky vacuum flask I got in Feb. It is undefeated at home,and 1 away draw at Rochdale.
WEMBERLEY!! WEMBERLEY!!!!
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: All down to my lucky maroon jumper with an away record of seen 8 won 7 drawn 1. Really hope that it has not just one but three more trips this season. Another attritional win, first half little threat from City but much improved second half. Can't believe that we are now seventh with two point gap and Plymouth now appear out of it. Really fearful of Bury for some reason don't know why, maybe a point followed by three against Newport will suffice. Again thought Brobbel was anonymous and would urge a change, I thought Puri did enough to suggest he may be worth a start. Support tremendous and would be no surprise if some failed to get there due to M1 challenges.[/p][/quote]Actually I think the home form could be down to my lucky vacuum flask I got in Feb. It is undefeated at home,and 1 away draw at Rochdale. WEMBERLEY!! WEMBERLEY!!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Sat 19 Apr 14

nomorenursing says...

Great win for City. We might not have the forward prowess, but boy! We certainly know how to grind out a result. Whatever people thought of NW's tactics a year ago you have to admit he's getting it right. City are a work in progress under NW. If the unthinkable happens and we get promoted then NW can attract even better quality players. I heard someone next to me against the AS game say that City were not ready financially for promotion. EH! Isn't the whole raison detre of being a football team to achieve just that. The benefits of being higher up the league ladder are obvious. I really hate it when people make these kind of comments. Surely with the amazing away support and steady home support we are as good if not better than some of the other clubs in L1 at present. With a new stadium on the horizon, a quality manager and an honest hardworking team York City can really go places and show the rest of the country that we deserve to be a football league team. North Yorkshire deserves a quality FL team that can rival the likes of Bradford, Barnsley, Huddersfield etc. Even if we don't get promoted this season the next one will provide a better platform for it now we seem to have found our feet. As others (and NW), will be thinking, let's just take each game as it comes and see where we end up. Everything is a bonus at the moment after the dodgy start we had, and as City fans we are a very relieved and happy bunch at the moment. So please... no more talk of 'City aren't financially ready for promotion yet.' That's just rubbish!
Great win for City. We might not have the forward prowess, but boy! We certainly know how to grind out a result. Whatever people thought of NW's tactics a year ago you have to admit he's getting it right. City are a work in progress under NW. If the unthinkable happens and we get promoted then NW can attract even better quality players. I heard someone next to me against the AS game say that City were not ready financially for promotion. EH! Isn't the whole raison detre of being a football team to achieve just that. The benefits of being higher up the league ladder are obvious. I really hate it when people make these kind of comments. Surely with the amazing away support and steady home support we are as good if not better than some of the other clubs in L1 at present. With a new stadium on the horizon, a quality manager and an honest hardworking team York City can really go places and show the rest of the country that we deserve to be a football league team. North Yorkshire deserves a quality FL team that can rival the likes of Bradford, Barnsley, Huddersfield etc. Even if we don't get promoted this season the next one will provide a better platform for it now we seem to have found our feet. As others (and NW), will be thinking, let's just take each game as it comes and see where we end up. Everything is a bonus at the moment after the dodgy start we had, and as City fans we are a very relieved and happy bunch at the moment. So please... no more talk of 'City aren't financially ready for promotion yet.' That's just rubbish! nomorenursing
  • Score: 11

6:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

nomorenursing wrote:
Great win for City. We might not have the forward prowess, but boy! We certainly know how to grind out a result. Whatever people thought of NW's tactics a year ago you have to admit he's getting it right. City are a work in progress under NW. If the unthinkable happens and we get promoted then NW can attract even better quality players. I heard someone next to me against the AS game say that City were not ready financially for promotion. EH! Isn't the whole raison detre of being a football team to achieve just that. The benefits of being higher up the league ladder are obvious. I really hate it when people make these kind of comments. Surely with the amazing away support and steady home support we are as good if not better than some of the other clubs in L1 at present. With a new stadium on the horizon, a quality manager and an honest hardworking team York City can really go places and show the rest of the country that we deserve to be a football league team. North Yorkshire deserves a quality FL team that can rival the likes of Bradford, Barnsley, Huddersfield etc. Even if we don't get promoted this season the next one will provide a better platform for it now we seem to have found our feet. As others (and NW), will be thinking, let's just take each game as it comes and see where we end up. Everything is a bonus at the moment after the dodgy start we had, and as City fans we are a very relieved and happy bunch at the moment. So please... no more talk of 'City aren't financially ready for promotion yet.' That's just rubbish!
I totally agree with you , We are credit to the league , the City , and the supporters. as you say we are ready for promotion finance at this stage is not an issue , we have brought a guy in that will stimulate growth, and if we do get promotion gates will increase. If we don't the platform is there to build on.
[quote][p][bold]nomorenursing[/bold] wrote: Great win for City. We might not have the forward prowess, but boy! We certainly know how to grind out a result. Whatever people thought of NW's tactics a year ago you have to admit he's getting it right. City are a work in progress under NW. If the unthinkable happens and we get promoted then NW can attract even better quality players. I heard someone next to me against the AS game say that City were not ready financially for promotion. EH! Isn't the whole raison detre of being a football team to achieve just that. The benefits of being higher up the league ladder are obvious. I really hate it when people make these kind of comments. Surely with the amazing away support and steady home support we are as good if not better than some of the other clubs in L1 at present. With a new stadium on the horizon, a quality manager and an honest hardworking team York City can really go places and show the rest of the country that we deserve to be a football league team. North Yorkshire deserves a quality FL team that can rival the likes of Bradford, Barnsley, Huddersfield etc. Even if we don't get promoted this season the next one will provide a better platform for it now we seem to have found our feet. As others (and NW), will be thinking, let's just take each game as it comes and see where we end up. Everything is a bonus at the moment after the dodgy start we had, and as City fans we are a very relieved and happy bunch at the moment. So please... no more talk of 'City aren't financially ready for promotion yet.' That's just rubbish![/p][/quote]I totally agree with you , We are credit to the league , the City , and the supporters. as you say we are ready for promotion finance at this stage is not an issue , we have brought a guy in that will stimulate growth, and if we do get promotion gates will increase. If we don't the platform is there to build on. bill bailey
  • Score: -1

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