Walker stays positive

City manager Colin Walker

City midfielder Simon Rusk shows his frustrations during the defeat

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City boss Colin Walker is backing his side to get back to winning ways after last night’s 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers.

The Minstermen have dropped to 12th in the Blue Square Premier following a run of just one victory in nine matches, but Walker was pleased with his side’s endeavour at Aggborough and feels they will play worse this season and win.

Following an evening when his side managed only two shots on target, however, Walker conceded that he remains unsatisfied with play in the final third of the pitch, where Daniel McBreen operated as a lone central striker until the second-half introduction of Onome Sodje.

The City chief said: “I think we’ll actually play worse than that and win games. We tried to play and I can’t really have a go at them because all the endeavour was there.

“I thought we played really well and some of our football was excellent. We’ve just got to be a bit better in the final third and we’re working on that, although I know I’m repeating myself.

“There are no complaints from me, though. Two-nil flattered them and I thought we had a team that worked its socks off.

“I have plenty of confidence in them and we’ve not got any problems if they give me that endeavour. The players did what I asked them to do and I thought we had a nice shape in midfield, with the players who came in doing well.”

With captain Mark Greaves suffering from food poisoning that has caused him to lose 9lbs in weight, Ben Wilkinson was recalled to the starting line up and on-loan Rotherham midfielder Peter Holmes was also given his debut as City spread five across the centre of the park, with Simon Rusk joining them in the middle and Simon Russell and Richard Brodie on the flanks.

Walker added: “We were disrupted by Mark Greaves going down with food poisoning and had to rejig what we were going to do. With him being out, we needed a bit more in midfield because he brings a lot of strength in there. Peter Holmes is a good player who is good on the ball in that little pocket. He started to cause a few problems and they picked him up, so we tried to change things.”

Walker admitted that he was disappointed with the first Kidderminster goal but that the second was a result of the visitors pressing for an equaliser.

He said: “Everybody was picking up their big players for the first goal and it was the left winger who beat them all to the cross. For the second, we had nine forwards in the last five minutes.”

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10:08am Wed 24 Sep 08

Fergie says...

Walker conceded that he remains unsatisfied with play in the final third of the pitch, where Daniel McBreen operated as a lone central striker

You don't say CW. pretty build up's with no end product well get us zip. Fast losing patience with CW and his tactical ineptness. Brodie is no left winger pal and please tell us, what is the point of Wilikson? 4-4-2 sunday:
Holmes, Greaves/Henderson, Rusk, Russell, midfield. Sodje, McBreen upfront. Boyes, Hogg and Shep on bench. We must get back to basics and our attacking game and ditch this haples 4-5-1 drivel.
Walker conceded that he remains unsatisfied with play in the final third of the pitch, where Daniel McBreen operated as a lone central striker You don't say CW. pretty build up's with no end product well get us zip. Fast losing patience with CW and his tactical ineptness. Brodie is no left winger pal and please tell us, what is the point of Wilikson? 4-4-2 sunday: Holmes, Greaves/Henderson, Rusk, Russell, midfield. Sodje, McBreen upfront. Boyes, Hogg and Shep on bench. We must get back to basics and our attacking game and ditch this haples 4-5-1 drivel. Fergie
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10:36am Wed 24 Sep 08

Yorkie69 says...

I was at the game and saw it totally differently. McBreen dropped his head when things didn`t go his way, there were players getting in each others way and apart from Sodje`s shot ( which I missed as nature called!) the Kiddermionster keeper was not troubled. "Worked their socks off" is becoming a pet phrase of CWs. I`m afraid that is what professional footballers should do all of the time. "We have got to be better in the final third" Now where have I heard that before ? Oh yes, CW a few weeks ago. What has happened to Henderson ? Why doesn`t Liam Shepherd get a look in ? Regarding the interest in Luke Beckett; he is 31 ! Shouldn`t we be looking for a more dynamic striker ?
Perhaps we will play worse and win. Depends if we draw a team from the Unibond Third Division in the F.A.Cup. I sound despondent. I am ! What has happened to the football we played at the beginning of the season ? e.g. against Wrexham and Histon.
I was at the game and saw it totally differently. McBreen dropped his head when things didn`t go his way, there were players getting in each others way and apart from Sodje`s shot ( which I missed as nature called!) the Kiddermionster keeper was not troubled. "Worked their socks off" is becoming a pet phrase of CWs. I`m afraid that is what professional footballers should do all of the time. "We have got to be better in the final third" Now where have I heard that before ? Oh yes, CW a few weeks ago. What has happened to Henderson ? Why doesn`t Liam Shepherd get a look in ? Regarding the interest in Luke Beckett; he is 31 ! Shouldn`t we be looking for a more dynamic striker ? Perhaps we will play worse and win. Depends if we draw a team from the Unibond Third Division in the F.A.Cup. I sound despondent. I am ! What has happened to the football we played at the beginning of the season ? e.g. against Wrexham and Histon. Yorkie69
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12:22pm Wed 24 Sep 08

Romfordpele says...

Like Col I'm positive. Positive that at this current rate we'll end up in mid-table mediocrity.

He just won't give up on that 4-5-1 away from home, despite the fact it's not worked away from home since the opening day at Crawley. No doubt he will ring the changes again for the weekend - how can we be into double figures in terms of games played and yet still not know what our best XI is?
Like Col I'm positive. Positive that at this current rate we'll end up in mid-table mediocrity. He just won't give up on that 4-5-1 away from home, despite the fact it's not worked away from home since the opening day at Crawley. No doubt he will ring the changes again for the weekend - how can we be into double figures in terms of games played and yet still not know what our best XI is? Romfordpele
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1:54pm Wed 24 Sep 08

fewster says...

cant understand why col sticks to a formation that doesnt work as the results are proving, what a waste of money signing up farrell was we could a used that money to buyout or put a compensation package together for remainder of becketts contract and brought a proven lower league striker to the club or even paid a little bit for to tempt justin richards to the club as he is also proven at this level, farrell and brodie work hard but offer the team little as an attacking force which is why with col in charge we r goin nowhere, PLAY THE WINGMEN TO CREATE FOR THE FORWARDS COL FOR GODSAKE WE CAN SEE IT WHY CANT YOU???????????
cant understand why col sticks to a formation that doesnt work as the results are proving, what a waste of money signing up farrell was we could a used that money to buyout or put a compensation package together for remainder of becketts contract and brought a proven lower league striker to the club or even paid a little bit for to tempt justin richards to the club as he is also proven at this level, farrell and brodie work hard but offer the team little as an attacking force which is why with col in charge we r goin nowhere, PLAY THE WINGMEN TO CREATE FOR THE FORWARDS COL FOR GODSAKE WE CAN SEE IT WHY CANT YOU??????????? fewster
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5:24pm Wed 24 Sep 08

Dan_ycfc says...

Can't understand why Colin isn't using the 4-3-3 formation I'm using on Football Manager, utilising McBreen, Sodje and Farrell. Its simple enough and its working for me cos McBreen's finishing is on 15 out of 20 which is pretty high for a conference player, meaning he bangs em away for fun. I won 3-0 in my game against Woking the other day. All this after I'd recieved the dreaded vote of confidence 3 weeks prior. Push Holmes into a more attacking role, he scores goals for fun on Football Manager, plus CW can't be paying him much cos I'm only paying him £260 a week.
Can't understand why Colin isn't using the 4-3-3 formation I'm using on Football Manager, utilising McBreen, Sodje and Farrell. Its simple enough and its working for me cos McBreen's finishing is on 15 out of 20 which is pretty high for a conference player, meaning he bangs em away for fun. I won 3-0 in my game against Woking the other day. All this after I'd recieved the dreaded vote of confidence 3 weeks prior. Push Holmes into a more attacking role, he scores goals for fun on Football Manager, plus CW can't be paying him much cos I'm only paying him £260 a week. Dan_ycfc
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5:53pm Wed 24 Sep 08

Alan Fetish says...

Dan_ycfc wrote:
Can't understand why Colin isn't using the 4-3-3 formation I'm using on Football Manager, utilising McBreen, Sodje and Farrell. Its simple enough and its working for me cos McBreen's finishing is on 15 out of 20 which is pretty high for a conference player, meaning he bangs em away for fun. I won 3-0 in my game against Woking the other day. All this after I'd recieved the dreaded vote of confidence 3 weeks prior. Push Holmes into a more attacking role, he scores goals for fun on Football Manager, plus CW can't be paying him much cos I'm only paying him £260 a week.
legend.
[quote][bold]Dan_ycfc[/bold] wrote: Can't understand why Colin isn't using the 4-3-3 formation I'm using on Football Manager, utilising McBreen, Sodje and Farrell. Its simple enough and its working for me cos McBreen's finishing is on 15 out of 20 which is pretty high for a conference player, meaning he bangs em away for fun. I won 3-0 in my game against Woking the other day. All this after I'd recieved the dreaded vote of confidence 3 weeks prior. Push Holmes into a more attacking role, he scores goals for fun on Football Manager, plus CW can't be paying him much cos I'm only paying him £260 a week.[/quote]legend. Alan Fetish
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6:10pm Wed 24 Sep 08

ycfc says...

How about turning all this positivity into positive team selections and formations colin and not just changing things when we go a goal down!!

WALKER OUT!!!
How about turning all this positivity into positive team selections and formations colin and not just changing things when we go a goal down!! WALKER OUT!!! ycfc
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6:14pm Wed 24 Sep 08

ycfc says...

Sorry ive just read this article again and is walker actualy saying hes happy with a 2-0 defeat away at kidderminster because we worked hard??
Sorry ive just read this article again and is walker actualy saying hes happy with a 2-0 defeat away at kidderminster because we worked hard?? ycfc
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7:14pm Wed 24 Sep 08

OLD - HEAD says...

I do not believe that Colin Walker will ever improve the current situation because the squad is simply not good enough to challenge for honours in the Blue Square Premier. This is totally down to the Manager who should have worked his socks off in the close season to bring in quality players, we all knew what positions needed strengthening. I know we do not have pots of money, but neither have Kettering, Crawley or Burton, but they do all have experienced Managers who know the non league scene. For Colin Walker to praise a team that has about two shots on goal in ninety minutes, and of course loses, beggers belief.
Sorry Colin but you have lost it!
I do not believe that Colin Walker will ever improve the current situation because the squad is simply not good enough to challenge for honours in the Blue Square Premier. This is totally down to the Manager who should have worked his socks off in the close season to bring in quality players, we all knew what positions needed strengthening. I know we do not have pots of money, but neither have Kettering, Crawley or Burton, but they do all have experienced Managers who know the non league scene. For Colin Walker to praise a team that has about two shots on goal in ninety minutes, and of course loses, beggers belief. Sorry Colin but you have lost it! OLD - HEAD
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7:21pm Wed 24 Sep 08

A user says...

I'm getting a bit concerned also. I have to admit that due to work commitments, I'm unable to get to any game so can't comment on the performances but some of you guy's don't seem vary impressed at all!

I'm a bit puzzled that a guy can come in on loan and immediately gets into the starting 11. Surely the guy has no time to get to grips with the way CW wants us to play. Surely we would be beetter off starting with a "settled" 11 and bring him on if need be. Just smacks of a bit of panic to me.
I'm getting a bit concerned also. I have to admit that due to work commitments, I'm unable to get to any game so can't comment on the performances but some of you guy's don't seem vary impressed at all! I'm a bit puzzled that a guy can come in on loan and immediately gets into the starting 11. Surely the guy has no time to get to grips with the way CW wants us to play. Surely we would be beetter off starting with a "settled" 11 and bring him on if need be. Just smacks of a bit of panic to me. A user
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12:25pm Thu 25 Sep 08

charlie n says...

A user wrote:
I'm getting a bit concerned also. I have to admit that due to work commitments, I'm unable to get to any game so can't comment on the performances but some of you guy's don't seem vary impressed at all!I'm a bit puzzled that a guy can come in on loan and immediately gets into the starting 11. Surely the guy has no time to get to grips with the way CW wants us to play. Surely we would be beetter off starting with a "settled" 11 and bring him on if need be. Just smacks of a bit of panic to me.
Totally agree ,I know everyone wont feel the same but I do think we have a good mix of players that can do the job for us.I feel bringing in loads of loan players unsettles the balance .CW has to get the players heads right and create a settled team with what we have.If the fans can see the formation is wrong and the players body language is screaming it, its not rocket science play the players where they should be in particular Farrell, play the formation they are conforable with and we should get a more positive response.
[quote][bold]A user[/bold] wrote: I'm getting a bit concerned also. I have to admit that due to work commitments, I'm unable to get to any game so can't comment on the performances but some of you guy's don't seem vary impressed at all!I'm a bit puzzled that a guy can come in on loan and immediately gets into the starting 11. Surely the guy has no time to get to grips with the way CW wants us to play. Surely we would be beetter off starting with a "settled" 11 and bring him on if need be. Just smacks of a bit of panic to me.[/quote]Totally agree ,I know everyone wont feel the same but I do think we have a good mix of players that can do the job for us.I feel bringing in loads of loan players unsettles the balance .CW has to get the players heads right and create a settled team with what we have.If the fans can see the formation is wrong and the players body language is screaming it, its not rocket science play the players where they should be in particular Farrell, play the formation they are conforable with and we should get a more positive response. charlie n
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6:33pm Thu 25 Sep 08

Imp says...

2 loan players isn't "loads" and at least one is to fill a major gap in our squad.
2 loan players isn't "loads" and at least one is to fill a major gap in our squad. Imp
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7:05pm Thu 25 Sep 08

Alan Fetish says...

Quite right, Imp. Whether or not Charlie N means 'loads' quite so literally isn't the point - it's the typical tone of the majority of people posting on here. I'm certainly not exempt of similar sensationalism but we really need to get a handle on this. The York City curve based on the last month or so is a downward one; based on the last 12 months it's probably slightly upwards. Where that leaves the current manager is pretty much average - he's not setting the world alight, and he isn't plunging the club into despair. It's a frustrating mediocrity that breeds impatience, which leads to exaggerations in our reactions to these sort of stories. Frankly, Beadle was never going to be the man to transform City's fortunes. By the same token, he was never going to endanger the club and so functioned as 'depth'. I think we're going to have to accept another season of mid-table boredom and leave the board to decide come May whether it'll take another man to lead us upwards. Personally, I imagine it will, as if Walker's managerial stock was ever going to be worth something it would have been realised before he turned fifty. Or at least, it would have begun before that point. It isn't difficult to think of people in the game who are both younger and better experienced than Colin, and it's a matter of time before one of these takes the helm at the Crescent. Until then, I'm afraid we're looking at another season where the supporters can only be excited by this type of story.
Quite right, Imp. Whether or not Charlie N means 'loads' quite so literally isn't the point - it's the typical tone of the majority of people posting on here. I'm certainly not exempt of similar sensationalism but we really need to get a handle on this. The York City curve based on the last month or so is a downward one; based on the last 12 months it's probably slightly upwards. Where that leaves the current manager is pretty much average - he's not setting the world alight, and he isn't plunging the club into despair. It's a frustrating mediocrity that breeds impatience, which leads to exaggerations in our reactions to these sort of stories. Frankly, Beadle was never going to be the man to transform City's fortunes. By the same token, he was never going to endanger the club and so functioned as 'depth'. I think we're going to have to accept another season of mid-table boredom and leave the board to decide come May whether it'll take another man to lead us upwards. Personally, I imagine it will, as if Walker's managerial stock was ever going to be worth something it would have been realised before he turned fifty. Or at least, it would have begun before that point. It isn't difficult to think of people in the game who are both younger and better experienced than Colin, and it's a matter of time before one of these takes the helm at the Crescent. Until then, I'm afraid we're looking at another season where the supporters can only be excited by this type of story. Alan Fetish
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