Minstermen must pile the pressure on Grays

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

YORK City manager Martin Foyle believes all the pressure will be on Grays Athletic during tomorrow’s crucial relegation clash at the Recreation Ground.

The Minstermen are level on points with fourth-bottom Grays but one position higher than the Essex club due to a superior goal difference of 17.

Foyle’s side also have two games in hand on the two-time FA Trophy winners, who will be bidding for maximum points in front of a crowd that grew restless during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with mid-table Rushden.

The City boss said: “We are going there to win the game and there is more pressure on the home team because we’ve heard their supporters are going after them a bit at the moment. Hopefully, our fans can turn up in full voice as they usually do and help the lads to get a result.

“We need to go there, be positive and look to try to score an early goal to get them on their back foot as soon as possible.”

Should City lose at Grays, they will drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season but Foyle reiterated the fight for survival will not be concluded tomorrow regardless of the result.

With games against crisis club Weymouth, already-relegated Lewes, and Northwich, who could have joined them by the time of their arrival at KitKat Crescent next weekend, still to come, Foyle feels the Minstermen would need “locking up” if they failed to secure survival even allowing for a defeat to Grays.

He said: “The season will be nowhere near over after tomorrow’s match. After our game at home to Oxford on Tuesday night, there will be six games to go.

“We might need to win two out of those and, if we couldn’t get out of trouble from that situation, then we’d deserve to go down and should be locked up.”

With top scorer Richard Brodie beginning a two-match suspension, Foyle will also decide whether to dispense with the 4-3-3 formation that has seen City fire blanks in their last three games.

Foyle said: “Somebody will get a chance because of the suspension and we might go differently and look to play more football.”

Winger Adam Smith will not travel to Grays after suffering a bruised foot during Wednesday’s 1-0 reserve defeat against Leeds.

Foyle also revealed that concerns over his baby daughter have meant Smith has not been able to fully focus on his football since returning to the club from Gainsborough in January.

The City boss said: “Adam’s baby girl hasn’t been too well so we’ve been keeping him out of the picture as he hasn’t felt right mentally, which is understandable.

“We haven’t seen a lot of him on the training pitch because we’ve been giving him days off.

“He was getting back to his best though and then somebody goes and clatters him.

“I think he needs a good pre-season behind him in the summer and I’m sure he’ll be flying again then because he has a fantastic attitude.”

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9:31am Fri 3 Apr 09

PeteN says...

Adam,
Hope and pray all goes well with your daughter. Bill Shankly was wrong, there are more important things that football. Been wondering why we haven't heard much of you. Hope it's sorted in time for us to enjoy your undoubted ability in BSP next season.
Adam, Hope and pray all goes well with your daughter. Bill Shankly was wrong, there are more important things that football. Been wondering why we haven't heard much of you. Hope it's sorted in time for us to enjoy your undoubted ability in BSP next season. PeteN
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10:27am Fri 3 Apr 09

Some old bloke says...

I'll second that, PeteN.
Maybe the people who've been accusing Smith of being lazy will give him a break now.
I'll second that, PeteN. Maybe the people who've been accusing Smith of being lazy will give him a break now. Some old bloke
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10:54am Fri 3 Apr 09

paul stancliffe says...

I will add to that,good luck to your family Adam.
I will add to that,good luck to your family Adam. paul stancliffe
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10:54am Fri 3 Apr 09

Imp says...

I think it was clear something wasn't right, and the unfortunate truth is you tend to assume it's a problem with the player. My point all along has been that for Foyle to be leaving him out, there has to be a problem. Now we know what it is.

Hope the lad can get things back on track soon.
I think it was clear something wasn't right, and the unfortunate truth is you tend to assume it's a problem with the player. My point all along has been that for Foyle to be leaving him out, there has to be a problem. Now we know what it is. Hope the lad can get things back on track soon. Imp
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11:30am Fri 3 Apr 09

bertieb says...

Our thoughts are with you, Adam, and hope your little girl gets better soon
Our thoughts are with you, Adam, and hope your little girl gets better soon bertieb
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11:38am Fri 3 Apr 09

Imp says...

One for those asking about strikers. Lassana Sidibe, Mama Sidibe's brother, was supposed to play for us on trial against Leeds reserves, but opted for a ontract at Dover instead.

Very sad that we have so little draw we lose out to Dover Athletic.
One for those asking about strikers. Lassana Sidibe, Mama Sidibe's brother, was supposed to play for us on trial against Leeds reserves, but opted for a ontract at Dover instead. Very sad that we have so little draw we lose out to Dover Athletic. Imp
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1:03pm Fri 3 Apr 09

Alan Fetish says...

Yes, all the best to Adam and his family.

Imp, that's an interesting comment. And disappointing indeed, although they've got a great thing going on at Dover with Andy Hessenthaler in charge. Two promotions on the bounce and I expect to see them challenging us before long. (Providing we stay up!)

Do you know of anything else in the trial pipeline? I think it is encouraging that such a player was scouted at all - proof that Foyle's net spreads a little further than Wrexham, perhaps?
Yes, all the best to Adam and his family. Imp, that's an interesting comment. And disappointing indeed, although they've got a great thing going on at Dover with Andy Hessenthaler in charge. Two promotions on the bounce and I expect to see them challenging us before long. (Providing we stay up!) Do you know of anything else in the trial pipeline? I think it is encouraging that such a player was scouted at all - proof that Foyle's net spreads a little further than Wrexham, perhaps? Alan Fetish
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1:06pm Fri 3 Apr 09

Imp says...

I'm sure the club are scouting far and wide trying to find players for next season who can make a difference. It may suggest I'm wrong about Foyle's intentions, he may stay after all.
I'm sure the club are scouting far and wide trying to find players for next season who can make a difference. It may suggest I'm wrong about Foyle's intentions, he may stay after all. Imp
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1:39pm Fri 3 Apr 09

paul stancliffe says...

Can i just say and hope this doesnt come back on me,its a sad day when we have to worry about Stuart Elliott.
Can i just say and hope this doesnt come back on me,its a sad day when we have to worry about Stuart Elliott. paul stancliffe
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2:12pm Fri 3 Apr 09

THETELLEROFTALES says...

IT WONT BE AS SAD AS TOMORROW IF WE LOSE TO GRAYS !
IT WONT BE AS SAD AS TOMORROW IF WE LOSE TO GRAYS ! THETELLEROFTALES
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3:29pm Fri 3 Apr 09

Duke of York says...

A win at Grays tomorrow may not mean we’re safe but 3 points will certainly ease the pressure. The problem is I just can’t see City scoring! Good luck to the lads and wishing all the best to Adam and his daughter too.
A win at Grays tomorrow may not mean we’re safe but 3 points will certainly ease the pressure. The problem is I just can’t see City scoring! Good luck to the lads and wishing all the best to Adam and his daughter too. Duke of York
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5:19pm Fri 3 Apr 09

YORKCITYFC says...

If Elliott is playing we must have a chance tomorrow? If I remember rightly Grays were dire when they played at York, we had 20 odd shots they had 1, however we still lost 1-0. If we score one early on tomorrow though, we could get two or three i reckon and win comfortably.

Intresting comment about Sidibe, myabe he lives down south and that is why he chose Dover over us?
If Elliott is playing we must have a chance tomorrow? If I remember rightly Grays were dire when they played at York, we had 20 odd shots they had 1, however we still lost 1-0. If we score one early on tomorrow though, we could get two or three i reckon and win comfortably. Intresting comment about Sidibe, myabe he lives down south and that is why he chose Dover over us? YORKCITYFC
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6:29pm Fri 3 Apr 09

Imp says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
If Elliott is playing we must have a chance tomorrow? If I remember rightly Grays were dire when they played at York, we had 20 odd shots they had 1, however we still lost 1-0. If we score one early on tomorrow though, we could get two or three i reckon and win comfortably.

Intresting comment about Sidibe, myabe he lives down south and that is why he chose Dover over us?
Lives in Stoke with his big brother. But Dover have the money to offer a deal now, we will have been looking to next season.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: If Elliott is playing we must have a chance tomorrow? If I remember rightly Grays were dire when they played at York, we had 20 odd shots they had 1, however we still lost 1-0. If we score one early on tomorrow though, we could get two or three i reckon and win comfortably. Intresting comment about Sidibe, myabe he lives down south and that is why he chose Dover over us?[/p][/quote]Lives in Stoke with his big brother. But Dover have the money to offer a deal now, we will have been looking to next season. Imp
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8:55pm Fri 3 Apr 09

Frank Black says...

I'll be there tomorrow... Hopefully the lads can get out there and End this lot.

A quick in out job all round especially as words can't fully describe how truly awful a place Grays is.

We Are York!
I'll be there tomorrow... Hopefully the lads can get out there and End this lot. A quick in out job all round especially as words can't fully describe how truly awful a place Grays is. We Are York! Frank Black
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5:10pm Sat 4 Apr 09

cityred1992 says...

BOTTOM FOUR =0 PULL IT TOGETHER!
BOTTOM FOUR =0 PULL IT TOGETHER! cityred1992
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7:46pm Sat 4 Apr 09

yorkieash says...

This York city side have let the fans down they do not care they must ask themselves do they want to play for York if not than go its quite simple
This York city side have let the fans down they do not care they must ask themselves do they want to play for York if not than go its quite simple yorkieash
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10:22pm Sat 4 Apr 09

YORKCITYFC says...

Was at Grays today and I have to say I am fast losing confidence, and it is so upsetting for me and i anm sure all other fans, to watch City go through a struggle like this.

Foyle sat in the dugout for 90 mins, absolutely no encouragement or words of advice/organisation at all for the team, he even says before the game it was not must win? Surely it would have gone a long way to securing safety Martin..? Wake up and show you care, that goes for the players, management and board, because if we go down, the day at Wembley will be a complete farce and waste of time..with no enjoyment at all for the fans.

From a depressed worried and annoyed city fan

p.s. I exclude Ingham from any critisism and only Ingham.
Was at Grays today and I have to say I am fast losing confidence, and it is so upsetting for me and i anm sure all other fans, to watch City go through a struggle like this. Foyle sat in the dugout for 90 mins, absolutely no encouragement or words of advice/organisation at all for the team, he even says before the game it was not must win? Surely it would have gone a long way to securing safety Martin..? Wake up and show you care, that goes for the players, management and board, because if we go down, the day at Wembley will be a complete farce and waste of time..with no enjoyment at all for the fans. From a depressed worried and annoyed city fan p.s. I exclude Ingham from any critisism and only Ingham. YORKCITYFC
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10:26pm Sat 4 Apr 09

YORKCITYFC says...

One other point, the board know we are in for a financial windfall from the trophy. So why not, after we beat Telford, which was before the loan deadline, why didn't we go out and sign a midfielder and striker better than what we have to help secure survival with some of the money? They also knew the ban for Brodie was inevitable.

It is as if nobody is worried about going down other than Ingham and the fans.

One other point, the board know we are in for a financial windfall from the trophy. So why not, after we beat Telford, which was before the loan deadline, why didn't we go out and sign a midfielder and striker better than what we have to help secure survival with some of the money? They also knew the ban for Brodie was inevitable. It is as if nobody is worried about going down other than Ingham and the fans. YORKCITYFC
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11:22pm Sat 4 Apr 09

mack says...

Hope I'm proved wrong but it looks like York City won't be needing a new stadium. Ryedale will do for BSN and even an immediate return to BSP will only be the start of a long haul. This might mean the Council could well knock the stadium project on the head so the whole town loses out?
Hope I'm proved wrong but it looks like York City won't be needing a new stadium. Ryedale will do for BSN and even an immediate return to BSP will only be the start of a long haul. This might mean the Council could well knock the stadium project on the head so the whole town loses out? mack
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1:11pm Sun 5 Apr 09

Imp says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
One other point, the board know we are in for a financial windfall from the trophy. So why not, after we beat Telford, which was before the loan deadline, why didn't we go out and sign a midfielder and striker better than what we have to help secure survival with some of the money? They also knew the ban for Brodie was inevitable.

It is as if nobody is worried about going down other than Ingham and the fans.

We made a £400k LOSS last season. And on normal operating budgets we'll be making a loss this season too.

The "Woolford money" and the "Wembley money" are just going to plug that shortfall. There's no purse-strings to loosen, no prospect of investment.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: One other point, the board know we are in for a financial windfall from the trophy. So why not, after we beat Telford, which was before the loan deadline, why didn't we go out and sign a midfielder and striker better than what we have to help secure survival with some of the money? They also knew the ban for Brodie was inevitable. It is as if nobody is worried about going down other than Ingham and the fans. [/p][/quote]We made a £400k LOSS last season. And on normal operating budgets we'll be making a loss this season too. The "Woolford money" and the "Wembley money" are just going to plug that shortfall. There's no purse-strings to loosen, no prospect of investment. Imp
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3:27pm Sun 5 Apr 09

Phil, Leeds says...

So the pressure was all on Grays was it. Well they obviously handled it okay but then playing City these days is almost a penalty kick for 3 points. I wish Mr Fayle's team could play just as half as good as he can talk!
So the pressure was all on Grays was it. Well they obviously handled it okay but then playing City these days is almost a penalty kick for 3 points. I wish Mr Fayle's team could play just as half as good as he can talk! Phil, Leeds
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10:16am Wed 22 Apr 09

damm1t says...

mp, Westhoughton says...
11:38am Fri 3 Apr 09
One for those asking about strikers. Lassana Sidibe, Mama Sidibe's brother, was supposed to play for us on trial against Leeds reserves, but opted for a ontract at Dover instead.

Very sad that we have so little draw we lose out to Dover Athletic.

While Dover are prospering now it is through astute management, we nearly went out of business a couple of years ago.

Lassana is Mama Sidibe's younger brother and the connection is with Hessenthaler who impressed Mama when he was his manager at Gillingham and recommended Lassana to come down here. Not on contract but trialling until the end of the season, he is trying very hard and playing well though.

Wish you all well for the future.
mp, Westhoughton says... 11:38am Fri 3 Apr 09 One for those asking about strikers. Lassana Sidibe, Mama Sidibe's brother, was supposed to play for us on trial against Leeds reserves, but opted for a ontract at Dover instead. Very sad that we have so little draw we lose out to Dover Athletic. While Dover are prospering now it is through astute management, we nearly went out of business a couple of years ago. Lassana is Mama Sidibe's younger brother and the connection is with Hessenthaler who impressed Mama when he was his manager at Gillingham and recommended Lassana to come down here. Not on contract but trialling until the end of the season, he is trying very hard and playing well though. Wish you all well for the future. damm1t
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