FA Cup upset in the offing for York City against Bolton Wanderers?

York Press: Chris Evans Chris Evans

THERE could be an FA Cup upset at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, according to former Bolton Wanderers assistant manager and York City full-back Chris Evans.

While admitting that Premier League Bolton will be odds-on favourites to progress past City in the third round tie, Evans believes if the non-League Minstermen can “get in the faces” of their hosts then anything is possible.

Having been a member of the City team that dumped Arsenal out of the competition back in 1985, Evans feels such past results prove that Gary Mills’ men can travel to Lancashire with the hope of pulling off a famous victory.

Evans, who parted company with Bolton last January following a brief spell in caretaker charge after Gary Megson’s dismissal, said: “When I first went to York, they were near the bottom of the fourth division, which is not that far off the Conference but we went on to momentous occasions against Arsenal and Liverpool that have gone down in the annals of FA Cup history.

“We had a never-say-die attitude and didn’t think anybody could beat us. Everything’s possible on Saturday and it’s York’s big Cup final.

“They can go and enjoy a terrific day out and hope to pull off a big upset because Bolton are on a hiding to nothing as they are expected to do well.

“That can lead to complacency and that’s when you get upsets.

“The odds might be stacked against York but history shows any team can cause an upset.

“They will need to roll up their sleeves though and make sure they don’t concede an early goal because then it can be an uphill battle.

“Non-League teams cannot match a Premier League side’s quality but they can match their desire, belief and adrenalin. York will need to get in their faces and have a right go. There will be 11 confrontations and, if they win more of those battles than they lose, then they can come out with something.”

City led against Stoke City at the same stage last season when Neil Barrett headed in from a free-kick.

The Minstermen eventually went down 3-1 but Evans believes set-pieces could be the best opportunity of the visitors snatching Cup glory in this weekend’s tie, citing target man Michael Rankine as a potential threat.

He added: “All teams are always in with a shout at 0-0 because, if you win a corner or a free-kick, that’s a free punt into the penalty box and, with somebody, like Michael Rankine, who is big, strong and a handful, that can upset people.”

With City having sold 4,000 tickets for Saturday’s clash, Evans also believes such a strong travelling army of supporters could play a crucial role in an environment that is expected to be less hostile or partisan than Stoke’s Britannia Stadium last season.

He said: “I know how many fans York took to Darlington and how vocal they are away from home and that could be a key factor. If they take more than 4,000 to the Reebok then that could give them a 12th man and York will need that.

“The Reebok Stadiun is a terrific stadium and the club and their fans will be treated very well. They will be playing on a first-class pitch in a good atmosphere and the players can thrive on that.”

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12:37pm Wed 5 Jan 11

Sir Alex says...

Its a mission to get at least a draw - not a 'day out'.
Another common link is the legendry Ricky ('give us a flick') Sbragia who was assistant at Bolton. Went wild when Ricky got that goal against Liverpool!
Its a mission to get at least a draw - not a 'day out'. Another common link is the legendry Ricky ('give us a flick') Sbragia who was assistant at Bolton. Went wild when Ricky got that goal against Liverpool! Sir Alex

12:41pm Wed 5 Jan 11

Needdm says...

It really will depend on who Bolton include in their team. If they put a lot of reserves and fringe players in we have a chance, particularly if we score first. Last year Stoke put out a pretty strong team and we matched them for 20 minutes and scored first. If we had kept the lead to half time the game would have been interesting, but we conceded two quick goals and after that there was only ever going to be one winner.
I have to say if Northampton can go to Liverpool and win, York should be able to go to Bolton with a chance of winning.
It really will depend on who Bolton include in their team. If they put a lot of reserves and fringe players in we have a chance, particularly if we score first. Last year Stoke put out a pretty strong team and we matched them for 20 minutes and scored first. If we had kept the lead to half time the game would have been interesting, but we conceded two quick goals and after that there was only ever going to be one winner. I have to say if Northampton can go to Liverpool and win, York should be able to go to Bolton with a chance of winning. Needdm

1:50pm Wed 5 Jan 11

rogue84 says...

We must go into the game with confidence sky high as well. we've barely conceded anything in the last 5-6 games, and we are also scoring some goals from all areas of the pitch which is different to last year.
I do hope he starts Chambers and Rankine as we must not go with jst Ranks as our only attacking option.
Also well done to city fans snapping up tickets, it's not a flush time of year, and with that support behind the goal the players will remember how much we love em!
We must go into the game with confidence sky high as well. we've barely conceded anything in the last 5-6 games, and we are also scoring some goals from all areas of the pitch which is different to last year. I do hope he starts Chambers and Rankine as we must not go with jst Ranks as our only attacking option. Also well done to city fans snapping up tickets, it's not a flush time of year, and with that support behind the goal the players will remember how much we love em! rogue84

2:01pm Wed 5 Jan 11

RODNEY ROWE'S WHEELY BIN says...

Thanks Chris! Was just feeling quietly confident. Been Hardly any mention of york causing an upset!! Jinxed Now!
Come on city!!
Thanks Chris! Was just feeling quietly confident. Been Hardly any mention of york causing an upset!! Jinxed Now! Come on city!! RODNEY ROWE'S WHEELY BIN

2:32pm Wed 5 Jan 11

OLD - HEAD says...

City have got absolutely nothing to lose against Bolton Wanderers. For the whole football world, outside York, will see this as a match between a Premier League team (who are at home) and a Non League team, so this should be "No Contest" in their minds. But the longer that City can stay in the game, the better chance we will have. But if we go behind early on, and have to chase the game, we could struggle. But of course anything can happen in football, so any result, other than a heavy defeat, would be amazing for us. City have done really well to reach this stage, so lets just hope that we can do ourselves justice on Saturday.
City have got absolutely nothing to lose against Bolton Wanderers. For the whole football world, outside York, will see this as a match between a Premier League team (who are at home) and a Non League team, so this should be "No Contest" in their minds. But the longer that City can stay in the game, the better chance we will have. But if we go behind early on, and have to chase the game, we could struggle. But of course anything can happen in football, so any result, other than a heavy defeat, would be amazing for us. City have done really well to reach this stage, so lets just hope that we can do ourselves justice on Saturday. OLD - HEAD

3:26pm Wed 5 Jan 11

Baggy Y Fronts says...

I've got a very good feeling about Sat, keep it tight first half and if we are on even par after 45mins I also can see us getting a result, with over 4000 Yorkies there we can suck the ball into the goal. Come on boys, put us back on the footballing map.
I've got a very good feeling about Sat, keep it tight first half and if we are on even par after 45mins I also can see us getting a result, with over 4000 Yorkies there we can suck the ball into the goal. Come on boys, put us back on the footballing map. Baggy Y Fronts

4:20pm Wed 5 Jan 11

maltonred says...

dont forget that their coach is former york player steve davis, it would be very nice to get one over on him. will be there on sat to hopefuly see us make a good account of ourselves players and fans as we will be in the public eye more than usual.
dont forget that their coach is former york player steve davis, it would be very nice to get one over on him. will be there on sat to hopefuly see us make a good account of ourselves players and fans as we will be in the public eye more than usual. maltonred

4:54pm Wed 5 Jan 11

duffy says...

Chris Smith signs until the end of the season and wants to stay on after that.
Great news
Chris Smith signs until the end of the season and wants to stay on after that. Great news duffy

5:18pm Wed 5 Jan 11

AdHolmes says...

duffy wrote:
Chris Smith signs until the end of the season and wants to stay on after that.
Great news
I thought he'd signed for us permanently now? :/
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Chris Smith signs until the end of the season and wants to stay on after that. Great news[/p][/quote]I thought he'd signed for us permanently now? :/ AdHolmes

7:04pm Wed 5 Jan 11

The Kaiser says...

While all the talk of the Third Round centres on United v Liverpool, York deserve massive credit for getting through some tough ties and earning their place in the draw. Can't wait for Saturday and am genuinely optimistic we can get a result. Read more on York, Dover and the magic of the FA Cup: http://magicspongers
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While all the talk of the Third Round centres on United v Liverpool, York deserve massive credit for getting through some tough ties and earning their place in the draw. Can't wait for Saturday and am genuinely optimistic we can get a result. Read more on York, Dover and the magic of the FA Cup: http://magicspongers .blogspot.com/2011/0 1/cup-of-good-hope.h tml The Kaiser

8:58pm Wed 5 Jan 11

perthycfc says...

does anyone know the fee received from Luton for Lawless?
does anyone know the fee received from Luton for Lawless? perthycfc

1:35am Thu 6 Jan 11

YCFC am byth says...

WOW - we seem to have signed a new striker.............
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Bangor's leading scorer heading for York
Wednesday 05 January 2011
YORK City are understood to have signed Bangor City's Jamie Reed, the leading scorer in the Welsh Premier this season with 17 goals.
Last month, Chester-born Reed rejected a move after a "five-figure bid" from the Blue Square Premier outfit for the prolific marksman, but appears to have played his last game for the Citizens in tonight's 2-0 defeat at Llanelli.
Sources close to Farrar Road say that the 23-year-old, who is also understood to have been a target for Oldham Athletic, is on his way to the Minstermen and could make his debut against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in a third round FA Cup tie this Saturday.
A promising young goal getter with Wrexham, Reed was loaned to Aberystwyth for half a season after previous loan spells at Glentoran and Colwyn Bay.
He returned to the Racecourse in January 2008 after netting nine Welsh Premier goals but, after a further loan spell at Tamworth, was released by Wrexham and signed a one-year deal at Rhyl.
After a year with the Lilywhites, he left in May 2009 to try and break into Major League Soccer in the USA.
However, he soon returned to the UK and, after trialing with several clubs, joined Bangor City, where he was leading scorer in season 2009/10 with 24 from 34 games in a domestic league career total of 63 from 91 (+11).
A Wales Under-23 semi-professional international, Reed was allowed to join Dandenong Thunder in the Victorian Premier League (Australia) for the summer, missing City's Europa League campaign, but quickly found his scoring touch after arriving back and hit a personal tally of five goals in the 8-1 demolition of Port Talbot Town last month.
WOW - we seem to have signed a new striker............. . Bangor's leading scorer heading for York Wednesday 05 January 2011 YORK City are understood to have signed Bangor City's Jamie Reed, the leading scorer in the Welsh Premier this season with 17 goals. Last month, Chester-born Reed rejected a move after a "five-figure bid" from the Blue Square Premier outfit for the prolific marksman, but appears to have played his last game for the Citizens in tonight's 2-0 defeat at Llanelli. Sources close to Farrar Road say that the 23-year-old, who is also understood to have been a target for Oldham Athletic, is on his way to the Minstermen and could make his debut against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in a third round FA Cup tie this Saturday. A promising young goal getter with Wrexham, Reed was loaned to Aberystwyth for half a season after previous loan spells at Glentoran and Colwyn Bay. He returned to the Racecourse in January 2008 after netting nine Welsh Premier goals but, after a further loan spell at Tamworth, was released by Wrexham and signed a one-year deal at Rhyl. After a year with the Lilywhites, he left in May 2009 to try and break into Major League Soccer in the USA. However, he soon returned to the UK and, after trialing with several clubs, joined Bangor City, where he was leading scorer in season 2009/10 with 24 from 34 games in a domestic league career total of 63 from 91 (+11). A Wales Under-23 semi-professional international, Reed was allowed to join Dandenong Thunder in the Victorian Premier League (Australia) for the summer, missing City's Europa League campaign, but quickly found his scoring touch after arriving back and hit a personal tally of five goals in the 8-1 demolition of Port Talbot Town last month. YCFC am byth

7:37am Thu 6 Jan 11

AdHolmes says...

YORK City are understood to have signed Bangor City's Jamie Reed, the leading scorer in the Welsh Premier this season with 17 goals. :D
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YORK City are understood to have signed Bangor City's Jamie Reed, the leading scorer in the Welsh Premier this season with 17 goals. :D | http://www.welsh-pre mier.com/index.php/h eadline-news/2930-ba ngors-leading-scorer -heading-for-york AdHolmes

8:28am Thu 6 Jan 11

maltonred says...

it says on the bangor city website that we have agreed terms with them to sign him
it says on the bangor city website that we have agreed terms with them to sign him maltonred

8:39am Thu 6 Jan 11

maltonred says...

we are also keeping chambers until the end of the season aswell. hopefully we will now have the strikers to score us the goals that we need now,we just need to have the type of run that we had last season.
we are also keeping chambers until the end of the season aswell. hopefully we will now have the strikers to score us the goals that we need now,we just need to have the type of run that we had last season. maltonred

2:52pm Thu 6 Jan 11

Mr Tee says...

Only 60 tickets from the 4900 ticket allocation remain to be sold for the away end at Bolton. Get to the ticket office ASAP or be disappointed!
Only 60 tickets from the 4900 ticket allocation remain to be sold for the away end at Bolton. Get to the ticket office ASAP or be disappointed! Mr Tee

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