Lewis Montrose savours return to York City action

York Press: (Left) York City'sLewis Montrose and Bury's Andrew Tutte in action during the match at Bootham Cresent. Picture : Garry Atkinson (Left) York City'sLewis Montrose and Bury's Andrew Tutte in action during the match at Bootham Cresent. Picture : Garry Atkinson

LEWIS Montrose has admitted that he never felt frozen out at York City despite going 15 games without a start.

The 25-year-old midfielder was given a surprise recall to the Minstermen's first XI in place of Adam Reed for Monday's 1-0 home win over Bury.

That decision saw Montrose kick off a game for the first time since the end of January when he received a two-match suspension for reaching ten bookings this term.

In the intervening period, the former Gillingham and Wycombe midfielder was restricted to seven, second-half cameo appearances off the bench but, on his return to City's starting line-up, Montrose was quick to highlight the manner in which manager Nigel Worthington keeps every squad member involved and motivated.

He said: "Even when I wasn't playing, I still felt part of the team. We are a squad and the people on the bench - the players, management and staff - are one unit.

"We are all here to move the club forward and the manager is very good at keeping everybody together. Nobody is ahead of anybody else here and, if you are on the bench, you are still part of things."

Now he is back in the team, though, Montrose is determined to hold on to his place as City hope to, first, book their play-off spot and, then, compete for promotion.

"The team has been doing well but the manager told me I would be playing on Sunday and I was very happy to be playing again and to play a small part in the win," he added. "I have had to wait for my time but I got my chance.

"I want to play games like any footballer because that's your stage. Training is good but it's really all about games.

"That's where you get recognition and, hopefully, I can stay in the team now."

Montrose also hailed City's team spirit after the battling victory over Bury, pointing out that a save from Nick Pope and goal-line clearance from John McCombe were equally as significant as Keith Lowe's fifth-minute goal.

The 6ft 3in midfielder argued: "It was a great three points, especially at this stage of the season and everyone was fantastic. Everybody was fighting for each other and putting their bodies on the line.

"Popey made a great save and John made a match-winning block so it was great that we scored but getting blocks in at the other end can be just as important."

City now know a victory over Newport at Bootham Crescent on Saturday will secure a Sky Bet League Two play-off place but Montrose insists the Minstermen must only concentrate on reproducing the form that has helped the team go 15 matches undefeated.

He said: "Newport are a very good team but it's just another game in which we have got to keep doing what we have been doing. We've just got to keep ticking off the games with wins, put everything into them and see where that takes us."

Montrose is also hoping the players will be cheered on by another big crowd this weekend.

Bootham Crescent's largest gate of the season - 5,225 - turned up for the Bury match with the Manchester-born battler adding: "Any player wants to play in front of as many people as possible. It's great and the more the merrier."

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1:28pm Wed 23 Apr 14

pip007 says...

Is it just me or do City and Bury look like they got their kit muddled up?
Is it just me or do City and Bury look like they got their kit muddled up? pip007
  • Score: 9

1:29pm Wed 23 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

I bet Lewis was penalised for forcing his shirt into the hand of the opposing player.

The midfield is more solid with him there - he adds that bit of bite with his terrier-like attitude and gives the other team no room or time with the ball.
I bet Lewis was penalised for forcing his shirt into the hand of the opposing player. The midfield is more solid with him there - he adds that bit of bite with his terrier-like attitude and gives the other team no room or time with the ball. NottsExile
  • Score: 15

2:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

Congrats to John McCombe on making the Football League squad of the week. A great addition to the squad
Congrats to John McCombe on making the Football League squad of the week. A great addition to the squad chuckabuttie
  • Score: 15

4:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked.

If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe?
As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked. If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe? North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 4

5:13pm Wed 23 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

NW under consideration by Man Utd.
NW under consideration by Man Utd. andy fowler
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

andy fowler wrote:
NW under consideration by Man Utd.
No chance. Nigel is looking for a go-ahead, forward-thinking and Wembley-experienced club so..................
...... oh yes, he's already managing one!!

Onwards and upwards
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: NW under consideration by Man Utd.[/p][/quote]No chance. Nigel is looking for a go-ahead, forward-thinking and Wembley-experienced club so.................. ...... oh yes, he's already managing one!! Onwards and upwards NottsExile
  • Score: 13

6:04pm Wed 23 Apr 14

duffy says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked.

If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe?
Thing with Montrose is he needs to do it on a consistant basis not just one good game followed by three poor ones, yes he does have qualities but Reed is more consistant at what he does best.
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked. If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe?[/p][/quote]Thing with Montrose is he needs to do it on a consistant basis not just one good game followed by three poor ones, yes he does have qualities but Reed is more consistant at what he does best. duffy
  • Score: 1

9:01am Thu 24 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

NW, You the backroom boys and al the players have done a terrific job , kept us in the league, in the play offs , Stay with us, you have more to do at the club.
Its been a inspirational time. Here's to next season.
NW, You the backroom boys and al the players have done a terrific job , kept us in the league, in the play offs , Stay with us, you have more to do at the club. Its been a inspirational time. Here's to next season. bill bailey
  • Score: 6

9:22am Thu 24 Apr 14

the-e-man says...

bill bailey wrote:
NW, You the backroom boys and al the players have done a terrific job , kept us in the league, in the play offs , Stay with us, you have more to do at the club.
Its been a inspirational time. Here's to next season.
Could not agree more. NW has used his knowledge of the game to assemble a very strong winning team. If the season had started in January we would be at the top by now and out of reach of most other teams.
In football, money certainly does not guarantee success but it certainly helps. I am not privy to NW's budget but I am sure it will not be the biggest in this league and to achieve what he done so far is, in my view, exceptional.
Refering to what Montrose said in this article, there does appear unity at the club. Ingham has signed a new contract in spite of not being currently in the team - and no guarantees for next season. Montrose himself certainly appeared ready and up for the game against Bury.
One other good point I feel is that Steve Torpey, new to management, must be learning a lot under NW and could be one for the future. NW cannot last forever and it is always good to have continuity.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: NW, You the backroom boys and al the players have done a terrific job , kept us in the league, in the play offs , Stay with us, you have more to do at the club. Its been a inspirational time. Here's to next season.[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. NW has used his knowledge of the game to assemble a very strong winning team. If the season had started in January we would be at the top by now and out of reach of most other teams. In football, money certainly does not guarantee success but it certainly helps. I am not privy to NW's budget but I am sure it will not be the biggest in this league and to achieve what he done so far is, in my view, exceptional. Refering to what Montrose said in this article, there does appear unity at the club. Ingham has signed a new contract in spite of not being currently in the team - and no guarantees for next season. Montrose himself certainly appeared ready and up for the game against Bury. One other good point I feel is that Steve Torpey, new to management, must be learning a lot under NW and could be one for the future. NW cannot last forever and it is always good to have continuity. the-e-man
  • Score: 10

11:32am Thu 24 Apr 14

born&breed says...

Lewis - Good professional - was unlucky to loose his place - Reed came in and did well. Against Bury Lewis produced a very solid performance and I can see him keeping his place on Saturday - Newport are a big physical side, we may need him in the middle to add a bit of bite. I believe the squad are very much one, you can see that at the final whistle, home or away. Nigel has united the squad, they have gelled and perform for each other. Can I say - unlike Manchester United!!! In December Wembley was just a distant dream - we now have 360 minutes to make the dream a reality. To say we lost both Fletcher and Carson with eight games to go - a majpr part of our strike force - we've handled the situation very well - those who have stepped in, Andrew and the return of Brobbel, have done well for the team - again this is down to them working for each other and the Club. Keep it going Nigel - a visit to Wembley would be a great reward for the hard work throughout the season, not just since January. The points we gained early part of the season were so vital - (whilst some were calling for changes) we could easily have been cut a drift and ended up chasing the pack. After the first game against Dagenham & Redbridge a person close to Nigel said to me, 'don't worry we'll finish above them in May'. I wish I had taken a bet on that. Onward and upward
Lewis - Good professional - was unlucky to loose his place - Reed came in and did well. Against Bury Lewis produced a very solid performance and I can see him keeping his place on Saturday - Newport are a big physical side, we may need him in the middle to add a bit of bite. I believe the squad are very much one, you can see that at the final whistle, home or away. Nigel has united the squad, they have gelled and perform for each other. Can I say - unlike Manchester United!!! In December Wembley was just a distant dream - we now have 360 minutes to make the dream a reality. To say we lost both Fletcher and Carson with eight games to go - a majpr part of our strike force - we've handled the situation very well - those who have stepped in, Andrew and the return of Brobbel, have done well for the team - again this is down to them working for each other and the Club. Keep it going Nigel - a visit to Wembley would be a great reward for the hard work throughout the season, not just since January. The points we gained early part of the season were so vital - (whilst some were calling for changes) we could easily have been cut a drift and ended up chasing the pack. After the first game against Dagenham & Redbridge a person close to Nigel said to me, 'don't worry we'll finish above them in May'. I wish I had taken a bet on that. Onward and upward born&breed
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Edsoni says...

duffy wrote:
North Lincs Minsterman wrote: As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked. If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe?
Thing with Montrose is he needs to do it on a consistant basis not just one good game followed by three poor ones, yes he does have qualities but Reed is more consistant at what he does best.
I'm a Montrose fan, but although I don't think he's has a stinker, tend to agree with the comment about Reed's consistency.
On Saturday Bury didn't have much pace through the middle - their speed was on the wings. As a result Montrose thrived alongside an ever improving Penn.
Penn is one of the stars of the season and probably makes any midfielder better by playing alongside.
It will be interesting to see what happens contract wise with Reed at the end of the season. He's not let anyone down and maybe just maybe he can become this year's Gary Swann and trouble the scorers during the playoffs.
First we need to make sure we qualify and with Newport's team it may be that we need a physical presence in the centre.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: As I have posted elsewhere on this site, Montrose is a far more effective player with Penn in the side. Earlier in the season Lewis was being asked to take a responsibility for which he was not ready. He was a wise inclusion in the side to face Bury, helping to protect what could have been an overworked defensive line. I think Reed is a more constructive player but you pick the players you think you need to do a job. On Saturday it worked. If City win on Saturday, will they rest a few playes for the final game at Scunthorpe?[/p][/quote]Thing with Montrose is he needs to do it on a consistant basis not just one good game followed by three poor ones, yes he does have qualities but Reed is more consistant at what he does best.[/p][/quote]I'm a Montrose fan, but although I don't think he's has a stinker, tend to agree with the comment about Reed's consistency. On Saturday Bury didn't have much pace through the middle - their speed was on the wings. As a result Montrose thrived alongside an ever improving Penn. Penn is one of the stars of the season and probably makes any midfielder better by playing alongside. It will be interesting to see what happens contract wise with Reed at the end of the season. He's not let anyone down and maybe just maybe he can become this year's Gary Swann and trouble the scorers during the playoffs. First we need to make sure we qualify and with Newport's team it may be that we need a physical presence in the centre. Edsoni
  • Score: 2

4:54pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Edsoni says...

Of course I should have said "on Monday"
Of course I should have said "on Monday" Edsoni
  • Score: 0

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