Victory over AFC Wimbledon propels reshuffled York City pack into top five of Blue Square Premier league

York Press: Michael Rankine, centre, is mobbed by his York City team-mates after scoring the winning goal in the Blue Square Premier clash at AFC Wimbledon Michael Rankine, centre, is mobbed by his York City team-mates after scoring the winning goal in the Blue Square Premier clash at AFC Wimbledon

RECALLED midfielder Levi Mackin and full-debutant defender Luke Graham were both hailed by York City manager Martin Foyle after a 1-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

Graham was handed his first City start after right-back Ben Purkiss was a late withdrawal from Saturday’s squad due to a chest problem.

The on-loan Mansfield centre-half partnered David McGurk in the heart of the visitors’ defence with skipper Daniel Parslow switching to right-back, as City kept a second successive clean sheet.

Mackin, meanwhile, returned to the centre of City’s midfield with Adam Smith back on the bench and Alex Lawless switching to the right flank.

The victory, secured by Michael Rankine’s 63rd-minute header, lifted City into the top five for the first time in six weeks, with the only blemish a first-half yellow card for top-scorer Richard Brodie which means he is now suspended and will miss tomorrow’s home match against Gateshead.

A delighted Foyle said: “I was pleased with the lads who came into the side. Luke Graham was outstanding at the back and showed the depth we have in the squad.

“It was probably the latest decision I’ve ever had to make on a player, but he got settled into it straight away and Dan Parslow will play anywhere for you. That’s why he’s one of the first names on our team-sheet.

“In midfield, they play the diamond so we tweaked things a bit. I wanted Levi to screen and protect the back four and he’s the perfect man to do that.”

Rankine has now scored the only goal in the Minstermen’s last two matches and Foyle was equally as fulsome in his praise for the hard-working former Rushden forward.

Foyle said: “Ranks is absolutely fantastic to work with and is improving all the time.

“His fitness levels are getting better, as is his partnership with Brodes. They work well together and it’s not all about Brodes scoring lots of goals. We have a strikeforce that can cause anybody problems and I’m reluctant to change anything up there.

“Not many strikers are there these days to take the knocks and bring others into the game but, in Ranks and Gashy, I have two forwards who are willing to do that so the likes of Brodes and Richard Pacquette can play off them.

“All 11 players battled for each other as well. You can talk about shape and discipline, but they all put their necks on the line.”

City picked up five bookings in a card-happy performance by referee John Hopkins and Foyle was left astonished by the Essex official’s decision to give Brodie the caution that sees him incur a one-game ban.

The City chief added: “I’ve never seen a booking like that in my life. He walked into somebody’s elbow and got yellow-carded.

“The standard of refereeing was very, very poor. It made you hold your hands on your head but it was both ways and at least we came away with the three points.”

Foyle welcomed the victory against a potential top-five rival without getting too carried away with the team’s elevation into the play-off positions, saying: “I want to creep along quietly and won’t get too perturbed about whether we are in the play-off positions or seventh or eighth, but we needed three points to push them further away.

“A week ago, I said there were about 14 or 15 teams in with a chance of the play-offs, but there’s a bit of a cushion there now if we have one or two bad results, which will come at some stage.”


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11:49am Mon 23 Nov 09

York Nomad says...

Why no mention of the away support in any of these articles/match report. The club/press are never slow in releasing negative articles about City fans, yet we take 700+ all that way and not a mention!
Why no mention of the away support in any of these articles/match report. The club/press are never slow in releasing negative articles about City fans, yet we take 700+ all that way and not a mention! York Nomad

12:16pm Mon 23 Nov 09

sixtyfourfive says...

Excellent win - interesting to hear however that Ben Purkiss was not in fact dropped but had a chest problem - the usual culprits on the earlier posts got it wrong again!I can never understand the criticism by certain people of the full backs who by and large have contributed well to our sound start.
Excellent win - interesting to hear however that Ben Purkiss was not in fact dropped but had a chest problem - the usual culprits on the earlier posts got it wrong again!I can never understand the criticism by certain people of the full backs who by and large have contributed well to our sound start. sixtyfourfive

12:57pm Mon 23 Nov 09

Phantom1974 says...

York Nomad is absolutely right, the support on Saturday was phenomenal, to take so many fans to a game so far away in this league is brilliant. The atmosphere created made for a winning environment and for Ranks to score in front of those fans, he must have loved it. Well done City!!
York Nomad is absolutely right, the support on Saturday was phenomenal, to take so many fans to a game so far away in this league is brilliant. The atmosphere created made for a winning environment and for Ranks to score in front of those fans, he must have loved it. Well done City!! Phantom1974

2:46pm Mon 23 Nov 09

Alan Fetish says...

I'll third that - was as good an away atmosphere as I can remember. The shed was absolutely rammed and the moment the ball hit the back of the net the noise was deafening. Fantastic stuff. Can't believe we all kept on our feet.

Performance was exactly the sort of stuff we need if we're going to keep biting away at those top positions. Strikes me that we keep raising/dropping our game - and even our type of play - to match our opponents. Against bad teams we're bad, top teams we're good and against the mid-table, solid perfomers like Wimbledon we're, well, solid.

I'm sure that's all no coincidence, and that the results in these games tend to be going our way at the moment because, by and large, our eleven men tend to be better on the ball than the eleven we're up against.

So long as that remains the case, I'm glad to say Foyle seems to be getting it dead right. Also really have to commend his signings after the Summer - Graham was a cut above on Saturday and players like Carruthers and (dare I say it) Boyes have done nothing if not add to the squad. We can be confident that whoever is coming off the bench in a game will not be a liabiity, and I'm not sure that's been the case at City for a fair few years.

Heartening stuff indeed.

Now watch us get walloped by Gateshead!
I'll third that - was as good an away atmosphere as I can remember. The shed was absolutely rammed and the moment the ball hit the back of the net the noise was deafening. Fantastic stuff. Can't believe we all kept on our feet. Performance was exactly the sort of stuff we need if we're going to keep biting away at those top positions. Strikes me that we keep raising/dropping our game - and even our type of play - to match our opponents. Against bad teams we're bad, top teams we're good and against the mid-table, solid perfomers like Wimbledon we're, well, solid. I'm sure that's all no coincidence, and that the results in these games tend to be going our way at the moment because, by and large, our eleven men tend to be better on the ball than the eleven we're up against. So long as that remains the case, I'm glad to say Foyle seems to be getting it dead right. Also really have to commend his signings after the Summer - Graham was a cut above on Saturday and players like Carruthers and (dare I say it) Boyes have done nothing if not add to the squad. We can be confident that whoever is coming off the bench in a game will not be a liabiity, and I'm not sure that's been the case at City for a fair few years. Heartening stuff indeed. Now watch us get walloped by Gateshead! Alan Fetish

3:13pm Mon 23 Nov 09

Rimpole says...

Go and read the forum on the Oxford Mail site.

Seems like the fans are getting a bit windy...

Could the wheels be about to come off? AGAIN...
Go and read the forum on the Oxford Mail site. Seems like the fans are getting a bit windy... Could the wheels be about to come off? AGAIN... Rimpole

8:41pm Mon 23 Nov 09

Head of Bomber Command says...

sixtyfourfive wrote:
Excellent win - interesting to hear however that Ben Purkiss was not in fact dropped but had a chest problem - the usual culprits on the earlier posts got it wrong again!I can never understand the criticism by certain people of the full backs who by and large have contributed well to our sound start.
Managers comment from Saturday when asked about Purkiss missing was "I am only interested in talking about those 16 in the squad who want to play".

Read into that what you want. As it would have been easy for him to answer simply "Purkiss has a chest infection and was not fit to to start" IF that was the case.

I think he has cried off at the last minute and Foyle hasn't liked his plans being F***** up by him at such a late stage.

HOBC

[quote][p][bold]sixtyfourfive[/bold] wrote: Excellent win - interesting to hear however that Ben Purkiss was not in fact dropped but had a chest problem - the usual culprits on the earlier posts got it wrong again!I can never understand the criticism by certain people of the full backs who by and large have contributed well to our sound start.[/p][/quote]Managers comment from Saturday when asked about Purkiss missing was "I am only interested in talking about those 16 in the squad who want to play". Read into that what you want. As it would have been easy for him to answer simply "Purkiss has a chest infection and was not fit to to start" IF that was the case. I think he has cried off at the last minute and Foyle hasn't liked his plans being F***** up by him at such a late stage. HOBC Head of Bomber Command

10:19pm Mon 23 Nov 09

wazman says...

checking that oxford site I spotted news of Sodje signing for them on an emergency loan.
checking that oxford site I spotted news of Sodje signing for them on an emergency loan. wazman

10:27pm Mon 23 Nov 09

bertieb says...

Just back from a long weekend in London, with the undoubted highlight being the great win at Wimbledon. Superb display by all 11 players, with fantastic support from City fans in the pouring rain.

My heart sank when I heard the team (Mackin and Barrett in central midfield and Lawless on the right) but it seemed to work. Wimbledon certainly lost the midfield battle.

McGurk was imperious, Rankine tireless and the ref useless. Carruthers had his best match for City and Graham looked good next to McGurk.

It will be interesting to see what team Foyle selects for tomorrow.
Just back from a long weekend in London, with the undoubted highlight being the great win at Wimbledon. Superb display by all 11 players, with fantastic support from City fans in the pouring rain. My heart sank when I heard the team (Mackin and Barrett in central midfield and Lawless on the right) but it seemed to work. Wimbledon certainly lost the midfield battle. McGurk was imperious, Rankine tireless and the ref useless. Carruthers had his best match for City and Graham looked good next to McGurk. It will be interesting to see what team Foyle selects for tomorrow. bertieb

1:22am Tue 24 Nov 09

Head of Bomber Command says...

Let's hope it's a winning one bertieb
Let's hope it's a winning one bertieb Head of Bomber Command

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