Goalscorer Adam Smith stakes a claim for a York City striking role

York City goalscorer Adam Smith, right, is congratulated by Daniel Parslow, left, and Neil Barrett

York City goalscorer Adam Smith, right, is congratulated by Daniel Parslow, left, and Neil Barrett

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YORK City manager Martin Foyle believes winger Adam Smith can challenge for a starting place in attack after his goalscoring substitute appearance against Forest Green.

Smith grabbed City’s second goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Bootham Crescent just two minutes after coming off the bench to play as an out-and-out striker alongside fellow replacement Richard Brodie.

The former Chesterfield wide man also went close to claiming a second goal in stoppage time and, while the 24-year-old’s previous City appearances have been on the flanks, Foyle feels he can compete with the likes of Michael Rankine, Michael Gash, Brodie and Richard Pacquette for a more central role.

Foyle said: “Adam has played up front before in his career and don’t be surprised if he ends up playing there rather than out wide. He can certainly go up there and give us pace.”

Former Rushden forward Rankine had earlier broken the deadlock with a 74th-minute penalty and Foyle praised the 6ft 1in target man for assuming spot kick responsibility after he was adjudged to have been tripped in the box by Ross Stearn.

Brodie, who was on the pitch at the time, has previously taken on that role but Foyle added that he is happy for his players to decide between themselves who carries out the 12-yard duty rather than nominating somebody beforehand.

He said: “I thought Michael showed great confidence to take it and that’s what you want. You need a penalty taker to be happy with the way they are playing because they will not be afraid to go and take it then.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty actually, but we should have had a blatant one when Neil Barrett was fouled earlier.”

Foyle made one change to the side that started Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Rushden, replacing last season’s leading scorer Brodie with £55,000 summer signing Michael Gash.

Explaining that decision, he said: “Richard is a tremendous lad. He just needs to work on his hold-up play, which let us down, as a team, in the last game.

“The ball stuck a bit more against Forest Green and that allowed the midfielders to join in more.

“I was pleased with Michael Gash. There was some really good stuff from him even though he’s catching up on fitness.”

Despite suggesting prior to the game that he might hand either Smith or Craig Nelthorpe a start on the wing against Forest Green, Foyle kept faith with the midfield four of Alex Lawless, Levi Mackin, Barrett and Andy Ferrell until just past the hour.

Nelthorpe was then introduced and set up Smith’s goal during a lively half-hour outing, but he may still need to settle for a place on the bench at Wrexham tomorrow.

The City boss added: “You don’t always need to have wingers and it should not be such a big deal just because somebody plays ten yards further inside.

“If I was a striker at this club I would be loving it because I thought we put in some tremendous crosses in the first half and there were about ten or 12 decent deliveries into the box during the game.

“Nelly’s first two or three were a bit wild but after that he settled and put in some fantastic crosses. He did well but we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.”

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1:31pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Stretchydan says...

"......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.”

Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith
"......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.” Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith Stretchydan
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1:39pm Mon 17 Aug 09

speaks99 says...

Stretchydan wrote:
"......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.” Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith
Any manager worth his salt will always look at the opposition before deciding his team. And yes, Wrexham will be doing exactly the same to us.

I was surprised that we didn't play a winger or two on Saturday, but in the end surely the result vindicates his decision. But for a bit of poor finishing and some extremely class keeping, we would have won by 4 or 5.
[quote][p][bold]Stretchydan[/bold] wrote: "......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.” Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith[/p][/quote]Any manager worth his salt will always look at the opposition before deciding his team. And yes, Wrexham will be doing exactly the same to us. I was surprised that we didn't play a winger or two on Saturday, but in the end surely the result vindicates his decision. But for a bit of poor finishing and some extremely class keeping, we would have won by 4 or 5. speaks99
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1:43pm Mon 17 Aug 09

speaks99 says...

I do sometimes feel that MF is making a rod for his own back. We have 6 great midfielders from which we can only choose 4 (unless we play a lone stiker with Smith just behind) and we also have 3/4 forwards pushing for a place up front. It's almost an embarrasment of riches!
I do sometimes feel that MF is making a rod for his own back. We have 6 great midfielders from which we can only choose 4 (unless we play a lone stiker with Smith just behind) and we also have 3/4 forwards pushing for a place up front. It's almost an embarrasment of riches! speaks99
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1:44pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Imp says...

Like others, I was very surprised Foyle left both Smith and Nelthorpe out. I thought FGR were there for the taking, and felt out-and-out wingers were needed to facilitate this. But in the end, I think it would have made little difference to the outcome. There was a much more positive attitude displayed, and that counted far more than team selection.
At half-time we had seen a hatful of good chances spurned by Gash and Rankine, neither of whom are fully match-fit yet (they don’t have their “sharpness”). Both showed good all-round play, and I think they could be an excellent pairing for us (Brodie is still far too selfish to be treated as a first choice, I hope that’s what Foyle is emphasising to the lad).
The four starting midfielders created about a dozen chances, several of them excellent crosses from Lawless and Ferrell. If you'd started Smith and Nelthorpe, there's no reason to assume those crosses would have been converted, or even that we’d have made the same number of good chances. Nelthorpe’s performance, in my opinion, is testimony to this. He was immensely disappointing, much less effective out there than Ferrell, and his supply was abysmal.
On the other hand, Smith was excellent in a more forward role (not really playing the wing). I still suspect he's carrying a niggle which is why he's being held back. Saturday may have played him in though. Let’s hope so (although maybe not against Wrexham, save him for Hayes). But the key thing is that he is fit through the season, not that we risk him now and he then misses 20 matches. Marathon not a sprint etc.
Many will, just for the sake of moaning, fixate on issues of team selection. That’s harsh in my opinion. We played well, we dominated the game, and if the strikers had been at their best we'd have been 3 or 4 up at half-time. The lack of wingers had no visible detriment to that. What we saw was a team that is still finding it’s feet, but clearly has the potential to press up in the top half of the table. If things had gone our way (luck/officials) against Oxford and Rushden, we could easily be sitting here with three wins from three (and some would still be moaning about team selection!). Roll on Tuesday night and at least a point against Wrexham.

With regard to Wrexham team selection, there's not a lot to read into Foyle's comments. Every manager tries to predict what the opponent will do when setting their team up, both in terms of selection and tactical strategies.
Like others, I was very surprised Foyle left both Smith and Nelthorpe out. I thought FGR were there for the taking, and felt out-and-out wingers were needed to facilitate this. But in the end, I think it would have made little difference to the outcome. There was a much more positive attitude displayed, and that counted far more than team selection. At half-time we had seen a hatful of good chances spurned by Gash and Rankine, neither of whom are fully match-fit yet (they don’t have their “sharpness”). Both showed good all-round play, and I think they could be an excellent pairing for us (Brodie is still far too selfish to be treated as a first choice, I hope that’s what Foyle is emphasising to the lad). The four starting midfielders created about a dozen chances, several of them excellent crosses from Lawless and Ferrell. If you'd started Smith and Nelthorpe, there's no reason to assume those crosses would have been converted, or even that we’d have made the same number of good chances. Nelthorpe’s performance, in my opinion, is testimony to this. He was immensely disappointing, much less effective out there than Ferrell, and his supply was abysmal. On the other hand, Smith was excellent in a more forward role (not really playing the wing). I still suspect he's carrying a niggle which is why he's being held back. Saturday may have played him in though. Let’s hope so (although maybe not against Wrexham, save him for Hayes). But the key thing is that he is fit through the season, not that we risk him now and he then misses 20 matches. Marathon not a sprint etc. Many will, just for the sake of moaning, fixate on issues of team selection. That’s harsh in my opinion. We played well, we dominated the game, and if the strikers had been at their best we'd have been 3 or 4 up at half-time. The lack of wingers had no visible detriment to that. What we saw was a team that is still finding it’s feet, but clearly has the potential to press up in the top half of the table. If things had gone our way (luck/officials) against Oxford and Rushden, we could easily be sitting here with three wins from three (and some would still be moaning about team selection!). Roll on Tuesday night and at least a point against Wrexham. With regard to Wrexham team selection, there's not a lot to read into Foyle's comments. Every manager tries to predict what the opponent will do when setting their team up, both in terms of selection and tactical strategies. Imp
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1:54pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Alan Fetish says...

Prefer this edit, Imp!
Prefer this edit, Imp! Alan Fetish
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2:01pm Mon 17 Aug 09

joejamestom says...

How about 3 up front Brodie LHS Rankine Mid & Smith RHS similar midfield. With Gash & Nelthorpe on subs bench Would requre L&R backs to get forward but I think it would work & we were solid for all the high stuff at the weekend. Or we could sit back & let Saunders dictate with us reacting. Still over to you MF you are getting paid to make the call but we have the players this season to be fairly flexible.
How about 3 up front Brodie LHS Rankine Mid & Smith RHS similar midfield. With Gash & Nelthorpe on subs bench Would requre L&R backs to get forward but I think it would work & we were solid for all the high stuff at the weekend. Or we could sit back & let Saunders dictate with us reacting. Still over to you MF you are getting paid to make the call but we have the players this season to be fairly flexible. joejamestom
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2:25pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Imp says...

Alan Fetish wrote:
Prefer this edit, Imp!
Glad the extra effort is appreciated.
;-)
[quote][p][bold]Alan Fetish[/bold] wrote: Prefer this edit, Imp![/p][/quote]Glad the extra effort is appreciated. ;-) Imp
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2:31pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Sir Alex says...

Wrexham will probably start with a fairly narrow 4:3:3 but, whatever they do, I am sure the same 11 will start for us. To be fair we created plenty of chances despite the lack of a winger and FGR could still have playing now and not troubled Ingham, such was the dominance of our defence, admittedly over a v poor side.
Says Rankine is 6'1" but according to FGR manager he is 7' and the guy who tripped him couldn't have as he was only 3' tall. It was a lucky penalty cos he was running away from goal but having seen the replay, it was a trip, although 9/10 times not given if in the area, 50:50 outside.
Wrexham will probably start with a fairly narrow 4:3:3 but, whatever they do, I am sure the same 11 will start for us. To be fair we created plenty of chances despite the lack of a winger and FGR could still have playing now and not troubled Ingham, such was the dominance of our defence, admittedly over a v poor side. Says Rankine is 6'1" but according to FGR manager he is 7' and the guy who tripped him couldn't have as he was only 3' tall. It was a lucky penalty cos he was running away from goal but having seen the replay, it was a trip, although 9/10 times not given if in the area, 50:50 outside. Sir Alex
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4:05pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Frank Black says...

Where did you see a replay of anything good sir?

I haven't seen any BSP action this season
Where did you see a replay of anything good sir? I haven't seen any BSP action this season Frank Black
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4:25pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Mr Tee says...

Frank Black wrote:
Where did you see a replay of anything good sir? I haven't seen any BSP action this season
Try youtube.com/yorkcity
tv for highlights of City's home games
[quote][p][bold]Frank Black[/bold] wrote: Where did you see a replay of anything good sir? I haven't seen any BSP action this season[/p][/quote]Try youtube.com/yorkcity tv for highlights of City's home games Mr Tee
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4:31pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Sir Alex says...

Astonishing £17 to get in at Wrexham but have just phoned 01978 262129 to buy tickets in advance for £14ea using credit card.
Astonishing £17 to get in at Wrexham but have just phoned 01978 262129 to buy tickets in advance for £14ea using credit card. Sir Alex
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4:46pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Stretchydan says...

speaks99 wrote:
Stretchydan wrote: "......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.” Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith
Any manager worth his salt will always look at the opposition before deciding his team. And yes, Wrexham will be doing exactly the same to us. I was surprised that we didn't play a winger or two on Saturday, but in the end surely the result vindicates his decision. But for a bit of poor finishing and some extremely class keeping, we would have won by 4 or 5.
I agree with you, MF should be looking at their team, but just feels a bit negative to me. Like MF is waiting for them to make the first move. Anyway, lets be positive and hopefully the FGR win will set us up for many more wins and a good run or results.
[quote][p][bold]speaks99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stretchydan[/bold] wrote: "......we will have to look at how Wrexham are likely to line up before we think about who starts tomorrow night.” Why not make Wrexham look at us instead of us looking at them. Yes i know we have to look at their team as well before anybody says anything, but if MF was to be proactive not reactive, then it might make them make the changes. We should though have at least one of the wingers in the first XI and based on Saturdays impact, it has to be Smith[/p][/quote]Any manager worth his salt will always look at the opposition before deciding his team. And yes, Wrexham will be doing exactly the same to us. I was surprised that we didn't play a winger or two on Saturday, but in the end surely the result vindicates his decision. But for a bit of poor finishing and some extremely class keeping, we would have won by 4 or 5.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, MF should be looking at their team, but just feels a bit negative to me. Like MF is waiting for them to make the first move. Anyway, lets be positive and hopefully the FGR win will set us up for many more wins and a good run or results. Stretchydan
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7:24pm Mon 17 Aug 09

Frank Black says...

Mr Tee wrote:
Frank Black wrote: Where did you see a replay of anything good sir? I haven't seen any BSP action this season
Try youtube.com/yorkcity tv for highlights of City's home games
Cheers Mr Tee!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Tee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank Black[/bold] wrote: Where did you see a replay of anything good sir? I haven't seen any BSP action this season[/p][/quote]Try youtube.com/yorkcity tv for highlights of City's home games[/p][/quote]Cheers Mr Tee! Frank Black
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