Midfielder Alex Lawless in line for York City recall

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YORK City manager Martin Foyle is toying with the idea of recalling midfield craftsman Alex Lawless for tonight’s away clash at bottom-of-the-table Grays Athletic.

Lawless has missed City’s last seven matches after limping out of the action during the 1-0 home defeat against Eastbourne with a hamstring injury.

But he completed an hour for the reserves during a goalscoring return in last week’s North Riding Senior Cup semi-final at Northallerton and was an unused substitute for Saturday’s Blue Square Premier 1-1 home draw with Tamworth.

The Eastbourne result was the first of four consecutive defeats for the Minstermen, but Foyle’s team have since picked up eight points from a possible 12, including two wins and a draw from away matches against Kidderminster, Mansfield and Altrincham.

About the possibility of a recall for Lawless, who has provided more goal assists than any other player in the City squad this season, Foyle said: “He played 60 minutes in the North Riding Cup and has got a spring in his step, but I will have to decide whether we bring him back or not.

“We have played some good stuff in the last three games so, in some ways, you could say he hasn’t been missed too much but, in other respects, you could say he has been.

“I was maybe a little too critical of the team on Saturday because, even though the first half was not good enough, the second half was a lot better and we should have won the game. Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams. I just want us to get where we want to be as soon as we can and a couple more good results will mean we are nearly there.

“It would be fantastic to get three points at Grays before having a free Saturday. That might just panic a few teams in and around us.”

Despite Grays having failed to win a game for four months and lying 16 points from safety, Foyle is not expecting the Essex side to be pushovers.

Pointing to last week’s 2-1 defeat against Stevenage, when the league leaders only clinched victory in the 86th minute, the City chief said: “They will not be resigned to their fate yet but they have to beat us.

“We know they will have to come at us and they should have beaten Stevenage last week when they worked very hard and did not get much joy in front of goal.”

Foyle added that he has concentrated on improving his side’s attacking threat ahead of the Grays match.

The Minstermen have failed to score more than one goal in any of their last 16 matches with Michael Gash (15 games), Richard Brodie (11) and Michael Rankine (ten) all enduring long barren spells.

Fellow forwards Richard Pacquette and Kevin Gall did not make Saturday’s bench but the City boss stressed that both players were still in his first-team plans.

He said: “I don’t want to put any pressure on the strikers but everybody’s in my mind.

“We’ve been working on crossing and finishing with them because I want to see crosses going into the box and strikers scoring from them.”

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9:48am Tue 30 Mar 10

fewster says...

We all want to put 4 or 5 past grays tonight but let's not lose sight of the fact that it's the 3 points that are the most important thing tonight, we must win and if that's 1-0 then so be it!!! Come on lads!!!!!!!!
We all want to put 4 or 5 past grays tonight but let's not lose sight of the fact that it's the 3 points that are the most important thing tonight, we must win and if that's 1-0 then so be it!!! Come on lads!!!!!!!! fewster

10:08am Tue 30 Mar 10

Wilyorkuk1983 says...

Here here Fewster three points is all that matters.
Here here Fewster three points is all that matters. Wilyorkuk1983

10:25am Tue 30 Mar 10

iandwightbenton says...

Gash, Brodie and rankine all to score tonight

If we go 1-0 up we need to soon go 2-0 up and not defend our lead against a team bottom of the league. Once Grays concede I would expect them to give in due to their lack of confidence.

City for a few goals tonight and right on track for the play offs.

Prediction : 1-0 to York !!!!
Gash, Brodie and rankine all to score tonight If we go 1-0 up we need to soon go 2-0 up and not defend our lead against a team bottom of the league. Once Grays concede I would expect them to give in due to their lack of confidence. City for a few goals tonight and right on track for the play offs. Prediction : 1-0 to York !!!! iandwightbenton

10:28am Tue 30 Mar 10

Sir Alex says...

Bring Lawless back for Clarke, possibly McGurk for Sangare.

We were doing ok in second half against Tamworth until MF subbed 3 of our most intelligent players!

If it ain't broken ....
Bring Lawless back for Clarke, possibly McGurk for Sangare. We were doing ok in second half against Tamworth until MF subbed 3 of our most intelligent players! If it ain't broken .... Sir Alex

11:03am Tue 30 Mar 10

Alan Lineker says...

Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams."

Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then?

Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results.

He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight.
Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams." Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then? Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results. He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight. Alan Lineker

11:05am Tue 30 Mar 10

Tug job says...

fewster wrote:
We all want to put 4 or 5 past grays tonight but let's not lose sight of the fact that it's the 3 points that are the most important thing tonight, we must win and if that's 1-0 then so be it!!! Come on lads!!!!!!!!
Quite right, Fewster, 3 points by any score - Gray's perofmances haven't been as bad as their scorelines suggest and a work colleague who supports Stevenage says Grays would have turned them over, last week, but for woeful finishing; quite simply, Grays outplayed them for 80 minutes. Whilst a heavy scoreline (for City!) would be a bonus, it's the 3 points that matters. Good luck City - and I won't be there to put my usual curse on you!
[quote][p][bold]fewster[/bold] wrote: We all want to put 4 or 5 past grays tonight but let's not lose sight of the fact that it's the 3 points that are the most important thing tonight, we must win and if that's 1-0 then so be it!!! Come on lads!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Quite right, Fewster, 3 points by any score - Gray's perofmances haven't been as bad as their scorelines suggest and a work colleague who supports Stevenage says Grays would have turned them over, last week, but for woeful finishing; quite simply, Grays outplayed them for 80 minutes. Whilst a heavy scoreline (for City!) would be a bonus, it's the 3 points that matters. Good luck City - and I won't be there to put my usual curse on you! Tug job

11:24am Tue 30 Mar 10

pratts brother says...

keep the faith ! come on city !!
keep the faith ! come on city !! pratts brother

12:34pm Tue 30 Mar 10

rogue84 says...

do us proud boys, as you have done all season, another 0-1 will suit me absolutely fine.
do us proud boys, as you have done all season, another 0-1 will suit me absolutely fine. rogue84

2:03pm Tue 30 Mar 10

OLD - HEAD says...

"Our pitch is also a defenders pitch and suits negative teams" - Thats just the funniest quote I have ever read from Martin Foyle, I just can not believe that he would actually have said that. Any more quotes like that and he will be getting booked on to the Royal Variety Performance. Lets hope that the Grays pitch is like a bowling green, so that we have no excuses for not beating them.
"Our pitch is also a defenders pitch and suits negative teams" - Thats just the funniest quote I have ever read from Martin Foyle, I just can not believe that he would actually have said that. Any more quotes like that and he will be getting booked on to the Royal Variety Performance. Lets hope that the Grays pitch is like a bowling green, so that we have no excuses for not beating them. OLD - HEAD

2:38pm Tue 30 Mar 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

Alan Lineker wrote:
Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams." Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then? Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results. He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight.
Now now Alan. We are still in the driving seat for the last play-off place.

Come on lads lets not be 'Negative' so to speak.

My team would be Ingham, Purkiss, McGurk, Graham, Meredith, Lawless, Harsley, Barratt, Pitt, Gash, and Brodes.

Come on lads 75-76 pts total will extend our season.

Very confident of us making it.

HOBC
[quote][p][bold]Alan Lineker[/bold] wrote: Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams." Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then? Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results. He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight.[/p][/quote]Now now Alan. We are still in the driving seat for the last play-off place. Come on lads lets not be 'Negative' so to speak. My team would be Ingham, Purkiss, McGurk, Graham, Meredith, Lawless, Harsley, Barratt, Pitt, Gash, and Brodes. Come on lads 75-76 pts total will extend our season. Very confident of us making it. HOBC Head of Bomber Command

5:35pm Tue 30 Mar 10

newshawk says...

iandwightbenton wrote:
Gash, Brodie and rankine all to score tonight

If we go 1-0 up we need to soon go 2-0 up and not defend our lead against a team bottom of the league. Once Grays concede I would expect them to give in due to their lack of confidence.

City for a few goals tonight and right on track for the play offs.

Prediction : 1-0 to York !!!!
Gash Brodie and Rankine all to score in what you predict will be a 1 - 0 win?

What ARE you on?

Security word; huge-trip

Is that the answer?
[quote][p][bold]iandwightbenton[/bold] wrote: Gash, Brodie and rankine all to score tonight If we go 1-0 up we need to soon go 2-0 up and not defend our lead against a team bottom of the league. Once Grays concede I would expect them to give in due to their lack of confidence. City for a few goals tonight and right on track for the play offs. Prediction : 1-0 to York !!!![/p][/quote]Gash Brodie and Rankine all to score in what you predict will be a 1 - 0 win? What ARE you on? Security word; huge-trip Is that the answer? newshawk

5:51pm Tue 30 Mar 10

tonyg says...

Flawless = yorks best player.
Flawless = yorks best player. tonyg

6:45pm Tue 30 Mar 10

RuralChap says...

Right, It's time for the chap's to pull there fingers out tonight. I shall be tuning in to the BBC to listen to this evenings game. I may well pull out some rather nice vintage port and enjoy a cigar too. I do hope we thrash the backsides off them. Good luck all....
Right, It's time for the chap's to pull there fingers out tonight. I shall be tuning in to the BBC to listen to this evenings game. I may well pull out some rather nice vintage port and enjoy a cigar too. I do hope we thrash the backsides off them. Good luck all.... RuralChap

8:37pm Tue 30 Mar 10

ycfcsouthyorkshire says...

nicely put rural chap. i am also listening to radio york with city currently 3-0 up and enjoying a bottle ( or several ) of bud. should be a great win without panic in the last 10 minutes.
nicely put rural chap. i am also listening to radio york with city currently 3-0 up and enjoying a bottle ( or several ) of bud. should be a great win without panic in the last 10 minutes. ycfcsouthyorkshire

8:40pm Tue 30 Mar 10

RuralChap says...

The cigar is lit. Just topping up with a rather large splosh. Game on chap's
The cigar is lit. Just topping up with a rather large splosh. Game on chap's RuralChap

8:47pm Tue 30 Mar 10

JohnnyByrne says...

Alan Lineker wrote:
Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams." Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then? Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results. He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight.
Sorry Alan................
Foyle is the right man for the club and has done a cracking job so far.......3-0 up at half time fella and as far as your suggestion is concerned Lawless is on the bench, Makin not in the squad and McGurk has only come on as Jimmy got injured.........You have little faith my friend and you won't be moaning when we get promoted via the play offs!!!
[quote][p][bold]Alan Lineker[/bold] wrote: Foyle, "Our pitch is also a defenders’ pitch and suits negative teams." Why haven't City played well on it for 2 months then? Altrincham's pitch was like a bowling green yet no performance. Stop making excuses Foyle. I'd rather he be honest and admit we're struggling at the moment but we still have the quality in the squad to improve performances and results. He can start by getting Lawless and McGurk abd Makin straight back in the side tonight.[/p][/quote]Sorry Alan................ Foyle is the right man for the club and has done a cracking job so far.......3-0 up at half time fella and as far as your suggestion is concerned Lawless is on the bench, Makin not in the squad and McGurk has only come on as Jimmy got injured.........You have little faith my friend and you won't be moaning when we get promoted via the play offs!!! JohnnyByrne

9:17pm Tue 30 Mar 10

ycfcsouthyorkshire says...

4-0 up now and opening another bud.Bring it on city, play offs here we come.
4-0 up now and opening another bud.Bring it on city, play offs here we come. ycfcsouthyorkshire

9:40pm Tue 30 Mar 10

A user says...

4-0. Great result but I'm sure someone will pull it to pieces!!!
4-0. Great result but I'm sure someone will pull it to pieces!!! A user

3:02am Wed 31 Mar 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

A user wrote:
4-0. Great result but I'm sure someone will pull it to pieces!!!
Yes normally A user.

In answer to earlier post'e about Lawless on the bench. Martin must be giving him as much time to recover as he possibly can. The run in and play-offs are where he will be really needed.

That is all I can think he is doing with him.

HOBC.
[quote][p][bold]A user[/bold] wrote: 4-0. Great result but I'm sure someone will pull it to pieces!!![/p][/quote]Yes normally A user. In answer to earlier post'e about Lawless on the bench. Martin must be giving him as much time to recover as he possibly can. The run in and play-offs are where he will be really needed. That is all I can think he is doing with him. HOBC. Head of Bomber Command

9:35am Wed 31 Mar 10

YCFC115 says...

Totally agree alex, another master stroke by tin foyle!
Lawless must play tonight, too many headless chickens in the midfield without him.
1 nil and 3 points will do for me, all the talk of 4 or 5 is pie in the sky just like our community stadium!
Totally agree alex, another master stroke by tin foyle! Lawless must play tonight, too many headless chickens in the midfield without him. 1 nil and 3 points will do for me, all the talk of 4 or 5 is pie in the sky just like our community stadium! YCFC115

9:59am Wed 31 Mar 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

YCFC115 wrote:
Totally agree alex, another master stroke by tin foyle! Lawless must play tonight, too many headless chickens in the midfield without him. 1 nil and 3 points will do for me, all the talk of 4 or 5 is pie in the sky just like our community stadium!
???????????????

HOBC
[quote][p][bold]YCFC115[/bold] wrote: Totally agree alex, another master stroke by tin foyle! Lawless must play tonight, too many headless chickens in the midfield without him. 1 nil and 3 points will do for me, all the talk of 4 or 5 is pie in the sky just like our community stadium![/p][/quote]??????????????? HOBC Head of Bomber Command

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