Levi Mackin keen to stay at York City

York Press: Levi Mackin wants York City to build on the dismay of losing for a second straight year at Wembley to start next season at full pelt Levi Mackin wants York City to build on the dismay of losing for a second straight year at Wembley to start next season at full pelt

OUT-OF-CONTRACT York City midfielder Levi Mackin is ready to agree new terms with the Bootham Crescent club.

Mackin, 24, will hold discussions over his future with manager Martin Foyle today and, if he is offered a new deal, has signalled his intention to sign up for another season.

The former Wales Under-21 international played every minute of City’s three play-off matches, having featured in 34 of the club’s 44 league games.

And, despite the disappointment of Sunday’s 3-1 Blue Square Premier play-off final against Oxford, he is hoping to still be a Minsterman in 2010/11, saying: “I’m happy at York and we have a great group of lads so why wouldn’t I want to stay?

“I’m not under contract for next season but we will have talks today and hopefully, if everything goes well, I will be staying.”

Rather than causing a hangover when the team return from their summer break, Mackin also feels City must ensure their Wembley woe strengthens the team’s resolve.

If that is the case, even allowing for the relegation of Grimsby and Darlington from Coca-Cola League Two, the former Wrexham midfielder is confident the Minstermen can be challenging at the top end of the table again.

He said: “There’s nothing worse than coming back into the dressing room after a game like Sunday.

“All the lads were devastated and gutted and now it’s going to start sinking in what we have missed out on.

“Everyone is down but all we can do is come back and ensure this makes us stronger. I hope the experience of going to Wembley and losing the play-off final gives us an extra yard when we return for the start of next season.

“We have just got to get over it and come back fighting. If we can keep the majority of the team, there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy another successful season.

“We have all gelled together and I’ve really enjoyed some of the runs we’ve been on.

“We went on long unbeaten sequences and, looking back on the season, there have been a lot more positives than negatives.”

Reflecting on Sunday night’s defeat, Mackin believed conceding two early goals made City’s task all the more difficult.

He said: “That gave us a lot to do. The ’keeper gave us a lifeline when he dropped the ball over the line but, as we took a gamble to try to get an equaliser, they finished us off.”

Mackin also admitted City struggled to combat Oxford’s narrow three-man midfield with man-of-the-match Adam Chapman afforded too much space to dictate play, adding: “When I got the ball, I moved it about a bit but I could have been involved a bit more.

“They had a man sitting in front of the back four though and, basically, he had quite a lot of the ball.

“It’s one of those things. Sometimes you think we needed to get tighter but we’re just gutted with the final result.”

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12:03pm Tue 18 May 10

Alan Fetish says...

Throughout t season Martin Foyle has talked about how hard he finds it competing against 4-3-3 formations, and that perhaps we should adopt one.

I wonder whether he will use the Summer to recruit players that will give us a better chance of being able to do this. For me, Lawless isn't involved enough when he's wide right, so playing the right side of a three-man midfield could work for him. Likewise, Perhaps playing three up front would be a good way of accommodating the three quality forwards we have at the club, presuming they all stay, but not restricting our options in the Summer - as I'm sure another striker will be coming in for the likes of Pacquette/Gall/Smith
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If we do go three in the midfield, as good as Mackin is becoming at York, I'd still like to see more of an enforcer behind the relatively lightweight Lawless and Barrett. Similarly, as good as Barrett is, I'd also like to see more of a genuine 10-goal a season attacking midfielder as an option.

All much easier said than done.
Throughout t season Martin Foyle has talked about how hard he finds it competing against 4-3-3 formations, and that perhaps we should adopt one. I wonder whether he will use the Summer to recruit players that will give us a better chance of being able to do this. For me, Lawless isn't involved enough when he's wide right, so playing the right side of a three-man midfield could work for him. Likewise, Perhaps playing three up front would be a good way of accommodating the three quality forwards we have at the club, presuming they all stay, but not restricting our options in the Summer - as I'm sure another striker will be coming in for the likes of Pacquette/Gall/Smith . If we do go three in the midfield, as good as Mackin is becoming at York, I'd still like to see more of an enforcer behind the relatively lightweight Lawless and Barrett. Similarly, as good as Barrett is, I'd also like to see more of a genuine 10-goal a season attacking midfielder as an option. All much easier said than done. Alan Fetish
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12:38pm Tue 18 May 10

PeteN says...

For the first half in particular, Oxford played with both full backs pushed right up, leaving their two centre halves to cover our two forwards. This made for virtually a five-man midfield which we couldn't cope with. It is obviously a Foyle tactic to leave a big gap between the front two and central midfield. This generally works well but against their outstanding centre backs flopped. Hence, Adam Chapman sitting in front of their back two (like a sweeper) saw a lot of the ball as it failed to stick for us.
Totally different story after Gash came on. Which approach will MF prefer next season, given the same attacking personnel?
For the first half in particular, Oxford played with both full backs pushed right up, leaving their two centre halves to cover our two forwards. This made for virtually a five-man midfield which we couldn't cope with. It is obviously a Foyle tactic to leave a big gap between the front two and central midfield. This generally works well but against their outstanding centre backs flopped. Hence, Adam Chapman sitting in front of their back two (like a sweeper) saw a lot of the ball as it failed to stick for us. Totally different story after Gash came on. Which approach will MF prefer next season, given the same attacking personnel? PeteN
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