Match report: York City 1, Newport County 0

York City forward Michael Coulson curls in a match-winning free-kick against Newport County

York City celebrate Michael Coulson's free-kick winner against Newport, which secured a League Two play-off spot

York winger Will Hayhurst slides in but is unable to get the ball on target against Newport County

Adam Reed and Calvin Andrew rue a missed chance

Keith Lowe wins the ball in the air

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ONLY one side in York City’s 92- year history has now gone more games undefeated than Nigel Worthington’s 2013/14 play-off qualifiers.

Michael Coulson’s emphatically struck 77th-minute free-kick secured another 1-0 victory – this time over Newport – to clinch a Sky Bet League Two top-seven spot with one match still left to play in the regular season.

The win also extended the Minstermen’s unbeaten run to 16 matches – a sequence that can only be bettered by the team that gained promotion to English football’s second tier 40 years ago.

That outfit, boasting the likes of Graeme Crawford, Chris Topping and Chris Jones, went 20 games without losing in all competitions on their way to plying their trade against the likes of Manchester United, Aston Villa and Sunderland.

Following Saturday’s win, Worthington’s men now have that club record tantalisingly in their sights with the mouth-watering prospect of extending the season by four more games, culminating in a fifth trip in as many years to Wembley.

Matching or bettering such landmarks is clearly of secondary importance, however, to giving the club the best possible opportunity of promotion and City’s wily manager will be giving careful thought on the make-up of his side for what now amounts to a virtual dead rubber for the visitors at title hopefuls Scunthorpe.

Avoiding the need for a result against an Iron side unbeaten in 28 games prior to their shock 2-0 defeat at Exeter on Saturday was the order for the day ahead of the Minstermen’s meeting with 2012 FA Trophy final opponents Newport.

For a team that has risen to pretty much every challenge set by their manager since the turn of the year, it was no surprise, therefore, that the hosts took control of their own destiny.

As it happened, Accrington Stanley, who owed the Minstermen a good turn following the stoppagetime equalisers that threatened to derail Worthington side’s efforts at crucial stages during the last two campaigns, won at Oxford to end the hopes of the only side capable of catching the Bootham Crescent club in the chase for play-off places.

But, following a tentative opening 20 minutes, City established a stranglehold on proceedings against their Welsh visitors and events at the Kassam Stadium always looked like being inconsequential.

Encouragingly, given a record of six goals from their last eight games, the Minstermen also created enough opportunities to win by a bigger margin.

Adam Reed ghosting into the kind of scoring positions that saw him contribute vital goals during last season’s run-in was certainly a positive, even if he failed to convert any of a hat-trick of excellent chances.

Freeing Reed from the midfield battleground, as an alternative to Will Hayhurst on the left flank, might just give City another welcome attacking dimension to their play during the continued absence of Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher for the remainder of the season.

The guile of Coulson and strength of Calvin Andrew also teed up openings for team-mates after Newport had made the early running.

Adam Chapman volleyed over for the visitors from 20 yards just three minutes into the match and Lee Minshull’s header following Ryan Jackson’s long throw was pushed on to his left-hand post by Nick Pope.

Captain Max Porter also went close from distance and Jackson dragged an edge-of-the-box effort wide before Reed’s weak 20-yard shot proved the Minstermen’s first goal attempt on 24 minutes.

On the half-hour mark, Lewis Montrose looked fortunate to only receive a yellow card after he launched both feet off the floor in a reckless lunge at Minshull right in front of the dugouts but City lifted their performance thereafter.

Reed was somehow denied by a remarkable reflex save from Ian McLoughlin on 37 minutes when he stabbed out a leg to meet Coulson’s right-wing cross three yards from goal.

Moments later, Coulson then lifted the ball over the head of centre-back Kevin Feely in Paul Gascoigne fashion to create a shooting chance but his subsequent lob bounced off the top of a beaten McLoughlin’s crossbar.

Reed also had a second opportunity in the six-yard box but his attempt lacked the power and direction to beat Newport’s on-loan MK Dons keeper.

After the break, City continued to press with Ryan Brobbel sending a low cross in from the right that saw Andrew, with his back to goal, set up Coulson but he missed the target from eight yards.

An Andrew header went on to send Reed clear on 54 minutes but, after the ball bounced invitingly up off the turf, the former Sunderland midfielder’s volley was smothered by McLoughlin.

At the other end, Pope dealt with a 15-yard Porter shot and tipped over Robbie Willmott’s curling free-kick before the home side made the breakthrough.

Substitute Ryan Bowman was bundled off the ball following Ben Davies’ accurate forward pass and Coulson curled the resultant free-kick into McLoughlin’s bottom left-hand corner from 25 yards.

A minute later, Hayhurst cleared the crossbar from eight yards after a right-wing raid by Coulson.

Michael Flynn and Chris Zebroski went on to miss the target with hopeful efforts for the Exiles but a City side who have only shipped the one injury-time goal against Accrington in their last 11 matches never looked in real danger of being breached.


Match facts

York City 1 (Coulson 77), Newport 0

York City
Nick Pope: made two fine saves and adapted well to cope with attempts to unsettle him at long throws. 8

Lanre Oyebanjo: disciplined defensively and kept things simple throughout. 7

Keith Lowe: cleared his lines in no-nonsense fashion and strong on the ground and in the air. 7

John McCombe: proved too powerful for Newport’s strikeforce with another muscular display. 8

Ben Davies: becoming a model of consistency and made countless cleanly timed tackles and interceptions. 8

Ryan Brobbel: relatively quiet prior to his withdrawal and found it difficult to penetrate down the right. 6

Russell Penn: helped City hold their own against narrow three-man midfield with a gutsy performance. 7

Lewis Montrose: gave ref a decision to make with inadvisable challenge that could have cost his team. 6

Adam Reed: worked his way into great goalscoring positions and just needed a little more composure. 8

Calvin Andrew: showed awareness to tee up chances for team-mates and dominated in the air. 8

Michael Coulson: STAR MAN – industrious and imaginative, finished with confidence from the free-kick. 8

Subs: Ryan Bowman – committed (for Brobbel, 65), Will Hayhurst (for Montrose, 71). Not used: Ingham, Jarvis, Allan, McGurk, Platt.


Newport County

Ian McLoughlin, Ryan Jackson, Kevin Feely, Andrew Hughes, Andy Sandell (Aaron O’Connor, 44), Adam Chapman (Michael Flynn, 85), Max Porter, Lee Minshull, Christian Jolley (Shaun Jeffers, 71), Chris Zebroski, Robbie Willmott.

Subs not used: Lenny Pidgeley, Aaron Holloway, Rene Howe.

Star man: McLoughlin – made a string of fine saves.


Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Rating: 7/10 – improved as the game went on.

Booked: Montrose 30.

Attendance: 4,541 (222 from Newport).

Shots on target: City 8, Newport 3.

Shots off target: City 2, Newport 7.

Corners: City 3, Newport 2.

Fouls conceded: City 8, Newport 16.

Offsides: City 3, Newport 2.

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6:19pm Sat 26 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale?
Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale? againstthecuts
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Sat 26 Apr 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Again it was not pretty but who cares? A win is a win, bring on the play offs COYR!
Again it was not pretty but who cares? A win is a win, bring on the play offs COYR! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 14

6:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Filofact! says...

Brilliant, well done N W and the lads!
A great season whatever happens next!!
Brilliant, well done N W and the lads! A great season whatever happens next!! Filofact!
  • Score: 20

6:37pm Sat 26 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time
Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there
Great, focused and professional management from Nigel
Wonderful backing from the board
Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about.
Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS
Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there Great, focused and professional management from Nigel Wonderful backing from the board Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about. Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS NottsExile
  • Score: 35

6:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SelseyBill says...

A Fantastic season for a team of limited scoring abilty. can we make promotion? OF COURSE WE CAN.
A Fantastic season for a team of limited scoring abilty. can we make promotion? OF COURSE WE CAN. SelseyBill
  • Score: 14

6:40pm Sat 26 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

Yes well done indeed. Not bothered who we play as we've proved we can compete with anyone in this league. Nobody did the double over us and when was the last time that happened?

Also a bit of brass in the back pocket with 2 televised games I believe and a bumper gate or two.COYR
Yes well done indeed. Not bothered who we play as we've proved we can compete with anyone in this league. Nobody did the double over us and when was the last time that happened? Also a bit of brass in the back pocket with 2 televised games I believe and a bumper gate or two.COYR chuckabuttie
  • Score: 13

6:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

dadster says...

Another day, another ugly 1-0 win but I have to say that to take us into the play offs from where we were after Christmas is a truly phenomenal achievement so well done to NW and all the players. Can't fault the team for effort, resilience, solidity, organisation and spirit and we will need all of these to progress in the play offs. We are not about to start playing expansive football this season but hopefully NW will address the creative and dynamic elements of the team next season whichever league we are playing in and play a style of football that is more pleasing on the eye.
Another day, another ugly 1-0 win but I have to say that to take us into the play offs from where we were after Christmas is a truly phenomenal achievement so well done to NW and all the players. Can't fault the team for effort, resilience, solidity, organisation and spirit and we will need all of these to progress in the play offs. We are not about to start playing expansive football this season but hopefully NW will address the creative and dynamic elements of the team next season whichever league we are playing in and play a style of football that is more pleasing on the eye. dadster
  • Score: 20

7:04pm Sat 26 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

Good to see and congrats to the team and their fans. York City have represented the city so well in recent years.
Good to see and congrats to the team and their fans. York City have represented the city so well in recent years. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 15

7:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ian923 says...

1-0 win secured 3points to cement our play off place but not a great game. Coulson deserved MOM for his non stop endeavour and excellent free kick. Pope solid as usual and now you just don,t expect him to let anything in. Thought Bowman a bit lazy by not chasing balls down. He can,t score in open play and I would have put Jarvis on in front of him always. If we gain promotion I can,t see Bowman being allowed to stay because if he can,t cope with League 2 he,s never going to cope with League 1 which is certainly a rise in standard. Ben Davies solid again and has continued to improve this season. Montrose lucky to get a yellow and huge has to curb such tackles in the play offs. Looking forward to the play offs and we fear no one. Come on City!
1-0 win secured 3points to cement our play off place but not a great game. Coulson deserved MOM for his non stop endeavour and excellent free kick. Pope solid as usual and now you just don,t expect him to let anything in. Thought Bowman a bit lazy by not chasing balls down. He can,t score in open play and I would have put Jarvis on in front of him always. If we gain promotion I can,t see Bowman being allowed to stay because if he can,t cope with League 2 he,s never going to cope with League 1 which is certainly a rise in standard. Ben Davies solid again and has continued to improve this season. Montrose lucky to get a yellow and huge has to curb such tackles in the play offs. Looking forward to the play offs and we fear no one. Come on City! ian923
  • Score: -3

7:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

againstthecuts wrote:
Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale?
Ha ha. Play off tickets, I never thought we'd be asking that question at Christmas. We will have to wait to see who we play first before tickets can be sold.
Another great afternoon for us. Top free kick decided the match. Can't wait to go to Scunny next week. Then, who knows what happens next. Will it be sheffield Utd and Barnsley next season. Hope so. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale?[/p][/quote]Ha ha. Play off tickets, I never thought we'd be asking that question at Christmas. We will have to wait to see who we play first before tickets can be sold. Another great afternoon for us. Top free kick decided the match. Can't wait to go to Scunny next week. Then, who knows what happens next. Will it be sheffield Utd and Barnsley next season. Hope so. COYR. yorkandproud
  • Score: 3

7:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

A dour performance, just what we expected. But a wonderful result, just what we needed. What a fantastic achievement to reach the play-offs, against all the odds. We may never get another chance, so dont let us just be satisfied with reaching the play-offs - "Lets give it our best shot to win them"
A dour performance, just what we expected. But a wonderful result, just what we needed. What a fantastic achievement to reach the play-offs, against all the odds. We may never get another chance, so dont let us just be satisfied with reaching the play-offs - "Lets give it our best shot to win them" OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

7:50pm Sat 26 Apr 14

PhilR@Strike says...

NottsExile wrote:
Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time
Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there
Great, focused and professional management from Nigel
Wonderful backing from the board
Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about.
Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS
Totally agree!
Sophie Hicks selling 50/50 Tickets at the turn styles.
Says it all about this down to earth friendly club!
Up the City! Final push and well done!
[quote][p][bold]NottsExile[/bold] wrote: Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there Great, focused and professional management from Nigel Wonderful backing from the board Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about. Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS[/p][/quote]Totally agree! Sophie Hicks selling 50/50 Tickets at the turn styles. Says it all about this down to earth friendly club! Up the City! Final push and well done! PhilR@Strike
  • Score: 16

7:50pm Sat 26 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

ian923 wrote:
1-0 win secured 3points to cement our play off place but not a great game. Coulson deserved MOM for his non stop endeavour and excellent free kick. Pope solid as usual and now you just don,t expect him to let anything in. Thought Bowman a bit lazy by not chasing balls down. He can,t score in open play and I would have put Jarvis on in front of him always. If we gain promotion I can,t see Bowman being allowed to stay because if he can,t cope with League 2 he,s never going to cope with League 1 which is certainly a rise in standard. Ben Davies solid again and has continued to improve this season. Montrose lucky to get a yellow and huge has to curb such tackles in the play offs. Looking forward to the play offs and we fear no one. Come on City!
I think that's a fair comment Ian, You will get a bit of stick for your honest report. Prior to Christmas there were a few wanted NW out, Your right about Bowman. and in the play offs Montrose (If he plays) will be targeted by a couple of players in the other teams , and I wouldn't risk him.. Still a concern is we are not putting chances away.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: 1-0 win secured 3points to cement our play off place but not a great game. Coulson deserved MOM for his non stop endeavour and excellent free kick. Pope solid as usual and now you just don,t expect him to let anything in. Thought Bowman a bit lazy by not chasing balls down. He can,t score in open play and I would have put Jarvis on in front of him always. If we gain promotion I can,t see Bowman being allowed to stay because if he can,t cope with League 2 he,s never going to cope with League 1 which is certainly a rise in standard. Ben Davies solid again and has continued to improve this season. Montrose lucky to get a yellow and huge has to curb such tackles in the play offs. Looking forward to the play offs and we fear no one. Come on City![/p][/quote]I think that's a fair comment Ian, You will get a bit of stick for your honest report. Prior to Christmas there were a few wanted NW out, Your right about Bowman. and in the play offs Montrose (If he plays) will be targeted by a couple of players in the other teams , and I wouldn't risk him.. Still a concern is we are not putting chances away. bill bailey
  • Score: -6

8:00pm Sat 26 Apr 14

YorkCityLuke says...

I enjoyed the game in spite of the often frantic defensive work - we limited them to half-chances for the most part, and the few that got through were dealt with by the ever capable Pope. It certainly wasn't pretty, but again showed our defensive stability and our ability to grind out 1-0 wins. Davies would (again!) have been my MotM but I understand why Coulson would have got it - a top class free kick and good work rate as usual. Hopefully the game against Scunthorpe will be used as an opportunity to give Puri, Jarvis etc. a run-out and maybe try some more attractive football too. But I would certainly take 4 more ugly 1-0 wins to see out the season.
I enjoyed the game in spite of the often frantic defensive work - we limited them to half-chances for the most part, and the few that got through were dealt with by the ever capable Pope. It certainly wasn't pretty, but again showed our defensive stability and our ability to grind out 1-0 wins. Davies would (again!) have been my MotM but I understand why Coulson would have got it - a top class free kick and good work rate as usual. Hopefully the game against Scunthorpe will be used as an opportunity to give Puri, Jarvis etc. a run-out and maybe try some more attractive football too. But I would certainly take 4 more ugly 1-0 wins to see out the season. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

nudger says...

Difficult to predict the final league positions as that old fixtures computer has thrown up an amazing final day schedule, pairing six of the top seven. And that's after Burton/Chesterfield tomorrow.
At least, we can, if we want to now, rest a few and give much-needed game time to some of the squad players at Scunnie. Otherwise there is not much rest before the Play Off first leg.
However, NW may want to retain momentum and go for the highest possible position. Great to have that luxury. Well done guys.
Difficult to predict the final league positions as that old fixtures computer has thrown up an amazing final day schedule, pairing six of the top seven. And that's after Burton/Chesterfield tomorrow. At least, we can, if we want to now, rest a few and give much-needed game time to some of the squad players at Scunnie. Otherwise there is not much rest before the Play Off first leg. However, NW may want to retain momentum and go for the highest possible position. Great to have that luxury. Well done guys. nudger
  • Score: 4

8:37pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Realistic ycfc says...

NottsExile wrote:
Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time
Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there
Great, focused and professional management from Nigel
Wonderful backing from the board
Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about.
Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS
You my friend are a class a helmet, what a ridiculously over dramatic statement, Until we actually start scoring we have no chance in the playoffs, a great achievement considering where we were a couple of months ago, just imagine if the board had listened to the clueless lot on here who were pleading for NW to be sacked where would the team be now? We have the most clueless fickle fans in the country, as for approaching the Newport fans I'm sure a few of the 15 year old danny dyers were 'offering them out' knowing they would never get near them, probably on websites now claiming a 'result'
[quote][p][bold]NottsExile[/bold] wrote: Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there Great, focused and professional management from Nigel Wonderful backing from the board Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about. Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS[/p][/quote]You my friend are a class a helmet, what a ridiculously over dramatic statement, Until we actually start scoring we have no chance in the playoffs, a great achievement considering where we were a couple of months ago, just imagine if the board had listened to the clueless lot on here who were pleading for NW to be sacked where would the team be now? We have the most clueless fickle fans in the country, as for approaching the Newport fans I'm sure a few of the 15 year old danny dyers were 'offering them out' knowing they would never get near them, probably on websites now claiming a 'result' Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -52

9:06pm Sat 26 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
NottsExile wrote:
Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time
Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there
Great, focused and professional management from Nigel
Wonderful backing from the board
Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about.
Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS
You my friend are a class a helmet, what a ridiculously over dramatic statement, Until we actually start scoring we have no chance in the playoffs, a great achievement considering where we were a couple of months ago, just imagine if the board had listened to the clueless lot on here who were pleading for NW to be sacked where would the team be now? We have the most clueless fickle fans in the country, as for approaching the Newport fans I'm sure a few of the 15 year old danny dyers were 'offering them out' knowing they would never get near them, probably on websites now claiming a 'result'
Realistic, I dont consider myself fickle, and I am there through "fick an fin" since 1959. I have said this before on this forum, and I will say it again. It is disrespectful to slag off your own fans whatever. "Danny Dyers" my ar$e. They were a bunch of young City fans, some of them who are always there. home and away, enjoying a bit more success. I really dont like saying this on a day like today, but FFS.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NottsExile[/bold] wrote: Two or three things sum up our wonderful club at this time Total commitment from the players - All of them. I saw Wes Fletcher crossing the hospital car park on his crutches, so determined was he to be there Great, focused and professional management from Nigel Wonderful backing from the board Amazing support - from the tear-jerking banner for TY, the noise, the completely non-threatening pitch invasion and those supporters who approached the Newport fans to applaud them - you are what this club is about. Now, let us prepare for the last push -WE ARE IN THE PLAY-OFFS[/p][/quote]You my friend are a class a helmet, what a ridiculously over dramatic statement, Until we actually start scoring we have no chance in the playoffs, a great achievement considering where we were a couple of months ago, just imagine if the board had listened to the clueless lot on here who were pleading for NW to be sacked where would the team be now? We have the most clueless fickle fans in the country, as for approaching the Newport fans I'm sure a few of the 15 year old danny dyers were 'offering them out' knowing they would never get near them, probably on websites now claiming a 'result'[/p][/quote]Realistic, I dont consider myself fickle, and I am there through "fick an fin" since 1959. I have said this before on this forum, and I will say it again. It is disrespectful to slag off your own fans whatever. "Danny Dyers" my ar$e. They were a bunch of young City fans, some of them who are always there. home and away, enjoying a bit more success. I really dont like saying this on a day like today, but FFS. yorkandproud
  • Score: 30

9:42pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Sam Elsegood says...

Attendance anyone?

Spoke to Wes a few weeks back, his description of his knee is 'royally f*****'
Attendance anyone? Spoke to Wes a few weeks back, his description of his knee is 'royally f*****' Sam Elsegood
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Sat 26 Apr 14

captaineagleeye says...

If you can score just 1 and keep the opposition down to nil, you will win as City have demonstrated recently, week-in, week-out, which means they have as much chance as any other team in the playoffs. They remain the form team in the division and my guess is, the team that the others will want to avoid. Congratulations to the club (players, management, owners, supporters and everyone else connected with York City) for an excellent achievement. Nothing less than sensational results during 2014!
If you can score just 1 and keep the opposition down to nil, you will win as City have demonstrated recently, week-in, week-out, which means they have as much chance as any other team in the playoffs. They remain the form team in the division and my guess is, the team that the others will want to avoid. Congratulations to the club (players, management, owners, supporters and everyone else connected with York City) for an excellent achievement. Nothing less than sensational results during 2014! captaineagleeye
  • Score: 20

10:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Well as expected it was a slog with an awful first 30 mins. Thereafter City created 3 good chances pre HT to no effect. Second half marginal improvement topped off by a quality goal.
Attractive it was not but with a WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW sequence then I guess it was effective!
Relaxed day out at Scunny to look forward to, surely TY will play some part so that he can be given the thanks and send off that he has richly earned? As a native of Northallerton the fact that my (former) arch enemy gave him to us not once but twice makes it even sweeter.....thanks Darlo!
An incredible 2014 and as I have posted before the prospect of us taking 48 points from 22 games in 2014 as we trudged disconsolately out of Gigg Lane was simply impossible.
So well done to all at the club. Let's see where this crazy run can takes us.....
Well as expected it was a slog with an awful first 30 mins. Thereafter City created 3 good chances pre HT to no effect. Second half marginal improvement topped off by a quality goal. Attractive it was not but with a WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW sequence then I guess it was effective! Relaxed day out at Scunny to look forward to, surely TY will play some part so that he can be given the thanks and send off that he has richly earned? As a native of Northallerton the fact that my (former) arch enemy gave him to us not once but twice makes it even sweeter.....thanks Darlo! An incredible 2014 and as I have posted before the prospect of us taking 48 points from 22 games in 2014 as we trudged disconsolately out of Gigg Lane was simply impossible. So well done to all at the club. Let's see where this crazy run can takes us..... 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 19

9:10am Sun 27 Apr 14

Peppa07 says...

Another typical City performance with a moment of sublime class from Coulson bringing the three points. The game was also credit to the team because they could have cooled off and just played safe for 0-0 knowing Oxford were losing, but they kept going for the win. Good substitutions, Bowman did well and won the free kick. Should be a full house for the Playoff semifinal...but as I've said before we should be practising penalties! That said I think we can get 1-0 wins throughout.
Another typical City performance with a moment of sublime class from Coulson bringing the three points. The game was also credit to the team because they could have cooled off and just played safe for 0-0 knowing Oxford were losing, but they kept going for the win. Good substitutions, Bowman did well and won the free kick. Should be a full house for the Playoff semifinal...but as I've said before we should be practising penalties! That said I think we can get 1-0 wins throughout. Peppa07
  • Score: 1

9:37am Sun 27 Apr 14

big boy york says...

didnt arsenal win the the premiership with scrappy 1-0 wins, didnt their fans sing we only win 1-0, at end of day its 3 points, scunny are up but can win the league so they wont be taking it easy but i still think we can take a point, wether its 6th or 7th we are at home 1st leg 16 unbeaten get to 19 or 20 were in league 1
didnt arsenal win the the premiership with scrappy 1-0 wins, didnt their fans sing we only win 1-0, at end of day its 3 points, scunny are up but can win the league so they wont be taking it easy but i still think we can take a point, wether its 6th or 7th we are at home 1st leg 16 unbeaten get to 19 or 20 were in league 1 big boy york
  • Score: 2

10:41am Sun 27 Apr 14

Peppa07 says...

The Play-Offs of Sky Bet League 2:
Saturday 10th May, 7:30pm - match A 1st leg (7th v 4th)
Sunday 11th May, 12:00pm - match B 1st leg (6th v 5th)
Friday 16th May, 7:45pm - match A 2nd leg (4th v 7th)
Saturday 17th May, 12:00pm - match B 2nd leg (5th v 6th) (I guess this means mid-day)
The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 26th May.
The Play-Offs of Sky Bet League 2: Saturday 10th May, 7:30pm - match A 1st leg (7th v 4th) Sunday 11th May, 12:00pm - match B 1st leg (6th v 5th) Friday 16th May, 7:45pm - match A 2nd leg (4th v 7th) Saturday 17th May, 12:00pm - match B 2nd leg (5th v 6th) (I guess this means mid-day) The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 26th May. Peppa07
  • Score: 7

11:26am Sun 27 Apr 14

lifelong75 says...

Whilst this team will not go down as one of the most attractive sides to appear in the long history of Bootham crescent they certainly know how to grind out results! Goals in the oppositions net are at a premium but who cares when City's net has remained pretty well virgin territory in 2014. Hands up all those who left early at the end of the Chesterfield home game saying that it was going to be a struggle to stay up this year!
So we go into the semi-finals fearing no one and as we are currently the form team the other three will be looking to steer clear of York City. Remember when we were in the Conference we only just managed to get into a play off place but secured entry to the Football League with some spirited performances. We don't want to play the 'coin chuckers 'any way next season do we!!!
Whilst this team will not go down as one of the most attractive sides to appear in the long history of Bootham crescent they certainly know how to grind out results! Goals in the oppositions net are at a premium but who cares when City's net has remained pretty well virgin territory in 2014. Hands up all those who left early at the end of the Chesterfield home game saying that it was going to be a struggle to stay up this year! So we go into the semi-finals fearing no one and as we are currently the form team the other three will be looking to steer clear of York City. Remember when we were in the Conference we only just managed to get into a play off place but secured entry to the Football League with some spirited performances. We don't want to play the 'coin chuckers 'any way next season do we!!! lifelong75
  • Score: 2

11:33am Sun 27 Apr 14

beckylaner says...

Congratulations to all at York City. An exceptional second half to the season. Anything can happen in the play-offs! Good luck City.
Congratulations to all at York City. An exceptional second half to the season. Anything can happen in the play-offs! Good luck City. beckylaner
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Sun 27 Apr 14

DavidBu says...

This is absolutely brilliant; in years to come this will be held up, the length and width of the country, by coaches and managers at every level, as an example of what can happen if you keep calm, maintain your self-belief and battle on. The keeping of a clean sheet is a pretty good foundation.
WELL DONE CITY
We are with you.
This is absolutely brilliant; in years to come this will be held up, the length and width of the country, by coaches and managers at every level, as an example of what can happen if you keep calm, maintain your self-belief and battle on. The keeping of a clean sheet is a pretty good foundation. WELL DONE CITY We are with you. DavidBu
  • Score: 8

1:06pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Good afternoon. Very well done to all at the club. The support at the last three games has been fantastic and the lads who have arranged the flags and displays deserve an expression of thanks. The second half of this season has been absolutely phenomenal and nobody should take anything way from the management for bringing this transformation about. Leaving Gigg Lane at the end of December I feared the worst. I cannot pretend that the style of football is attractive but it has proven to be effective. Perhaps the losses of Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher have blunted our creativity, in which case the club's achievements are all the more remarkable. I very much regret that I won't be able to get over again this season but I shall be following the rest of this campaign from afar via the Internet, friends and family. I hope the next time I'm over I am watching City winning a Yorkshire derby in League One (at either Valley Parade or Bramhall Lane!). Well done to all and COYR.
Good afternoon. Very well done to all at the club. The support at the last three games has been fantastic and the lads who have arranged the flags and displays deserve an expression of thanks. The second half of this season has been absolutely phenomenal and nobody should take anything way from the management for bringing this transformation about. Leaving Gigg Lane at the end of December I feared the worst. I cannot pretend that the style of football is attractive but it has proven to be effective. Perhaps the losses of Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher have blunted our creativity, in which case the club's achievements are all the more remarkable. I very much regret that I won't be able to get over again this season but I shall be following the rest of this campaign from afar via the Internet, friends and family. I hope the next time I'm over I am watching City winning a Yorkshire derby in League One (at either Valley Parade or Bramhall Lane!). Well done to all and COYR. Tug job
  • Score: 7

4:27pm Sun 27 Apr 14

heartbreaker says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Well as expected it was a slog with an awful first 30 mins. Thereafter City created 3 good chances pre HT to no effect. Second half marginal improvement topped off by a quality goal.
Attractive it was not but with a WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW sequence then I guess it was effective!
Relaxed day out at Scunny to look forward to, surely TY will play some part so that he can be given the thanks and send off that he has richly earned? As a native of Northallerton the fact that my (former) arch enemy gave him to us not once but twice makes it even sweeter.....thanks Darlo!
An incredible 2014 and as I have posted before the prospect of us taking 48 points from 22 games in 2014 as we trudged disconsolately out of Gigg Lane was simply impossible.
So well done to all at the club. Let's see where this crazy run can takes us.....
Personally think we should still go strong at Scunthorpe so not sure McGurk will feature. 5th place still a possibility which would give home advantage for the second leg in the play offs.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Well as expected it was a slog with an awful first 30 mins. Thereafter City created 3 good chances pre HT to no effect. Second half marginal improvement topped off by a quality goal. Attractive it was not but with a WDWDWWWWWWDDDWWW sequence then I guess it was effective! Relaxed day out at Scunny to look forward to, surely TY will play some part so that he can be given the thanks and send off that he has richly earned? As a native of Northallerton the fact that my (former) arch enemy gave him to us not once but twice makes it even sweeter.....thanks Darlo! An incredible 2014 and as I have posted before the prospect of us taking 48 points from 22 games in 2014 as we trudged disconsolately out of Gigg Lane was simply impossible. So well done to all at the club. Let's see where this crazy run can takes us.....[/p][/quote]Personally think we should still go strong at Scunthorpe so not sure McGurk will feature. 5th place still a possibility which would give home advantage for the second leg in the play offs. heartbreaker
  • Score: 2

9:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

RooBeck says...

Great result in what was at times a nervous performance (the ball went skywards far too often!) but we seemed to play better when Reed moved into midfield for Montrose (who was lucky not to get a straight red for that "tackle" from where I was looking!) and Hayhurst then put in a good attacking performance and altogether we then had a better shape and looked more threatening in attack and our passing improved. With the "sudden death" nature of the play-offs, we need to have as much pace and movement up front as is possible, so as to stretch and move the opposition and create opportunities because our opponents will come at us much more and our excellent defence will be put more and more under the cosh. Ryan Brobbel needs to improve, but he seems better attacking down the left flank - could he and Will Hayhurst interchange and give the opposition more to think about? Coulson remains our outstanding striker, Andrew (ditto for Jarvis and Bowman) are great aerial target/hold-up men, but none have sufficient pace to take on and turn defenders, so we must get the very best out of our two wingers if we are going to at least get to Wembley. But, in the meantime, it will be a very enjoyable afternoon at Glanford Park and we can all give our City heroes the support and thanks that they deserve for three months of remarkable results!! COYR.
Great result in what was at times a nervous performance (the ball went skywards far too often!) but we seemed to play better when Reed moved into midfield for Montrose (who was lucky not to get a straight red for that "tackle" from where I was looking!) and Hayhurst then put in a good attacking performance and altogether we then had a better shape and looked more threatening in attack and our passing improved. With the "sudden death" nature of the play-offs, we need to have as much pace and movement up front as is possible, so as to stretch and move the opposition and create opportunities because our opponents will come at us much more and our excellent defence will be put more and more under the cosh. Ryan Brobbel needs to improve, but he seems better attacking down the left flank - could he and Will Hayhurst interchange and give the opposition more to think about? Coulson remains our outstanding striker, Andrew (ditto for Jarvis and Bowman) are great aerial target/hold-up men, but none have sufficient pace to take on and turn defenders, so we must get the very best out of our two wingers if we are going to at least get to Wembley. But, in the meantime, it will be a very enjoyable afternoon at Glanford Park and we can all give our City heroes the support and thanks that they deserve for three months of remarkable results!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 1

10:06am Mon 28 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

Very proud of our club.

Everything since we hit the 51 point mark has been a welcome bonus, but I'd certainly welcome yet another bonus on May 26th.

COYR
Very proud of our club. Everything since we hit the 51 point mark has been a welcome bonus, but I'd certainly welcome yet another bonus on May 26th. COYR Fat Harry
  • Score: 2

10:18am Mon 28 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

againstthecuts wrote:
Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale?
No.
[quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: Anyone know when the playoff tickets will go on sale?[/p][/quote]No. Fat Harry
  • Score: -1

1:03pm Mon 28 Apr 14

paintitred says...

tickets most likely go on sale to season ticket holders next Monday, however As it stands the home fixture has a chance of been on one of 4 dates.
depending if we finish 5th 6th or 7th. thats how i see it anyway. i suppose there is no issue in selling tickets asap with out the date printed on them.
not sure of Fa rules regarding ticket sales , but im sure we sold them for the Luton semi for the blue square play off before we knew the date of the game. i stand to be corrected thou.
tickets most likely go on sale to season ticket holders next Monday, however As it stands the home fixture has a chance of been on one of 4 dates. depending if we finish 5th 6th or 7th. thats how i see it anyway. i suppose there is no issue in selling tickets asap with out the date printed on them. not sure of Fa rules regarding ticket sales , but im sure we sold them for the Luton semi for the blue square play off before we knew the date of the game. i stand to be corrected thou. paintitred
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

paintitred says...

just been on radio york there will announce ticket arrangements on saturday after the scunnie game
just been on radio york there will announce ticket arrangements on saturday after the scunnie game paintitred
  • Score: 3

1:37pm Mon 28 Apr 14

JamesHinch says...

Dilemma as I would prefer 7.30/7.45 kick offs to 12 noon - its more of a proper time to play. Would also result in a pleasant day out on the Fylde coast. That would mean we would have to not beat Scunny!!
Also, don't want Southend and only chance of that is if we beat Scunny (and they beat Burton) - therefore for the first time ever I think a draw would be best for us at Scunny.
Nice dilemma to have!!
Dilemma as I would prefer 7.30/7.45 kick offs to 12 noon - its more of a proper time to play. Would also result in a pleasant day out on the Fylde coast. That would mean we would have to not beat Scunny!! Also, don't want Southend and only chance of that is if we beat Scunny (and they beat Burton) - therefore for the first time ever I think a draw would be best for us at Scunny. Nice dilemma to have!! JamesHinch
  • Score: 3

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