York City boss floored by Michael Ingham’s Ireland exile

York Press: Matty Blair strikes the  winner at Rotherham. Picture:  Gordon Clayton Matty Blair strikes the winner at Rotherham. Picture: Gordon Clayton

YORK City manager Gary Mills cannot believe that Northern Ireland continue to overlook goalkeeper Michael Ingham .

The Minstermen ’keeper performed brilliantly to help his side win 1-0 at Rotherham United in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night but, having won three caps for his country in the past, has again been ignored for international duty this week.

Mills, however, will continue to champion his goalkeeper’s cause, despite being frustrated that he will be losing midfielder Paddy McLaughlin for Saturday’s home match with Chesterfield due to his call up to the Northern Irish under-21 squad.

The City boss said: “Inghy was absolute tops for us (last night). Even at his age, sometimes players can take a while to realise how good they are but he’s growing in confidence all the time.

“I’m surprised he’s not making the Northern Ireland squad. I’ve told them about him and I don’t think he can do any more but I will be making more calls to them now and showing them the DVD of last night’s match because he deserves it.”

Mills hailed a disciplined display at the New York Stadium from his side with recalled attacker Matty Blair netting the winning goal on 80 minutes.

The City chief added: “You can’t always have the possession and dominate games and, when that’s the case, you have to be disciplined and keep your shape until that chance comes along. When it did, like so many times last season, it fell to Blairy again and he’s stuck it in for us.

“The most important thing, though, was to get that first clean sheet because that’s vital.”

Mills also had praise for lone central striker Jason Walker , whose shot was blocked prior to Blair’s match-winning strike, and on-loan Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor for another impressive performance.

“It was the best I have seen Jason Walker in the second half for a long time,” Mills said. “He held the ball up, won his headers and made things difficult for them.

“That’s what he’s about and we need more of that from him. I also thought Charlie Taylor was not only the best player for us but he was the best player on the park.

“I was delighted with him as I was Clarke Carlisle, who had his ankle in ice after the match after going over on it in the first minute.”

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12:55pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Theapplesarecoming says...

Mighty michael igham !
Mighty michael igham ! Theapplesarecoming

1:20pm Wed 5 Sep 12

ian923 says...

Might be a chance for Pottsy if Mac away.
Might be a chance for Pottsy if Mac away. ian923

2:47pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Fat Harry says...

It's not too surprising Ingy hasn't come into the Norn Iron reckoning, although on current form the manager should be at least monitoring him.

He's been in the Conference for a few seasons - rightly or wrongly an international manager isn't going to take the claims of a Conference keeper too seriously.

Now he's a fourth division keeper, and ahead of him in the pecking order are a second division keeper, a Scottish premier league keeper and a Greek premier league keeper.

Nothing to set the world on fire, and at least one of them's been having a difficult time of it so far this season, but I suspect Ingy will have to work hard over the next few months to get himself noticed.

Once that happens, he'll take some dislodging if he keeps up his recent form.

However, I can't help wondering if his well-publicised animosity towards a previous manager has poisoned sections of the IFA hierarchy's minds against him.
It's not too surprising Ingy hasn't come into the Norn Iron reckoning, although on current form the manager should be at least monitoring him. He's been in the Conference for a few seasons - rightly or wrongly an international manager isn't going to take the claims of a Conference keeper too seriously. Now he's a fourth division keeper, and ahead of him in the pecking order are a second division keeper, a Scottish premier league keeper and a Greek premier league keeper. Nothing to set the world on fire, and at least one of them's been having a difficult time of it so far this season, but I suspect Ingy will have to work hard over the next few months to get himself noticed. Once that happens, he'll take some dislodging if he keeps up his recent form. However, I can't help wondering if his well-publicised animosity towards a previous manager has poisoned sections of the IFA hierarchy's minds against him. Fat Harry

8:15pm Wed 5 Sep 12

dangermoose says...

What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.
What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand. dangermoose

8:21pm Wed 5 Sep 12

eborexile says...

ian923 wrote:
Might be a chance for Pottsy if Mac away.
I think I'd rather give the start to McReady. Not that Potts is a poor option.With both we lose a little with the left foot bias not being replaced like for like. Despite that Fyfield wouldn't be my first reflex in a home game. (away perhaps?) Unlike others, I wouldn't make any comment on Blanchett until I've seen him a couple of times.

Another option would be to play Blair Chambers and Coulson but I think we'd possibly lose some balance and even threat that way.
Why do NI insist on a call up before our match.(Not sure date of their fixture) If Ingham gets his wish we may need to invest in another keeper for cover.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Might be a chance for Pottsy if Mac away.[/p][/quote]I think I'd rather give the start to McReady. Not that Potts is a poor option.With both we lose a little with the left foot bias not being replaced like for like. Despite that Fyfield wouldn't be my first reflex in a home game. (away perhaps?) Unlike others, I wouldn't make any comment on Blanchett until I've seen him a couple of times. Another option would be to play Blair Chambers and Coulson but I think we'd possibly lose some balance and even threat that way. Why do NI insist on a call up before our match.(Not sure date of their fixture) If Ingham gets his wish we may need to invest in another keeper for cover. eborexile

1:10am Thu 6 Sep 12

jgycfc says...

If Ingy does get a call up, we're in trouble... Who would replace him between the sticks?
If Ingy does get a call up, we're in trouble... Who would replace him between the sticks? jgycfc

9:18am Thu 6 Sep 12

RooBeck says...

There is a FIFA rule in this somewhere that allows the club to postpone, IF, they have a certain number of their players called-up for international duty and they are outside the major leagues'. eg. Like Premiership/Champion
ship fixtures are automatically re-scheduled. So, if Paddy/Inghy for NI and say, Lanre for the Republic are called-up together, then, we would probably be able to call it off!! I believe the Doncaster Rovers v. Oldham Athletic game has been re-scheduled from this week-end because of this - evidently Oldham have players on international duty!
There is a FIFA rule in this somewhere that allows the club to postpone, IF, they have a certain number of their players called-up for international duty and they are outside the major leagues'. eg. Like Premiership/Champion ship fixtures are automatically re-scheduled. So, if Paddy/Inghy for NI and say, Lanre for the Republic are called-up together, then, we would probably be able to call it off!! I believe the Doncaster Rovers v. Oldham Athletic game has been re-scheduled from this week-end because of this - evidently Oldham have players on international duty! RooBeck

12:00pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Fat Harry says...

...but of course if Ingy were the only one on international duty, we'd still have to play, and risk dropping valuable points.

It's not going to happen any time soon, but it does irritate me that the froth and bubble of international games could seriously damage a club chasing promotion or fighting relegation.
...but of course if Ingy were the only one on international duty, we'd still have to play, and risk dropping valuable points. It's not going to happen any time soon, but it does irritate me that the froth and bubble of international games could seriously damage a club chasing promotion or fighting relegation. Fat Harry

2:05pm Thu 6 Sep 12

tomwillo1 says...

dangermoose wrote:
What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.
agree, sound just like my grandad! Think mills will put bullock in midfield, although i hope he doesnt! Dont rate him at all, too slow and doesnt add much to the side. Just bosses everyone about! Couldnt cut it in league 2 with bradford last season so hes only going to get worse! Would have potts over bullock any day of the week! Also think Ingy desreves his NI chance!
[quote][p][bold]dangermoose[/bold] wrote: What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.[/p][/quote]agree, sound just like my grandad! Think mills will put bullock in midfield, although i hope he doesnt! Dont rate him at all, too slow and doesnt add much to the side. Just bosses everyone about! Couldnt cut it in league 2 with bradford last season so hes only going to get worse! Would have potts over bullock any day of the week! Also think Ingy desreves his NI chance! tomwillo1

3:17pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Gary_Mills_Haircut says...

Superb that the press managed to get a photo of Ingham to accompany this story!! Oh wait.....
Superb that the press managed to get a photo of Ingham to accompany this story!! Oh wait..... Gary_Mills_Haircut

11:05pm Thu 6 Sep 12

YcfcKeepingTheFaith says...

dangermoose wrote:
What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.
Oh dear, hasn't it taken this long for him to stay ON his line?! Also- personally, I think it's great that he shows his personality and makes an effort with both sets of fans, but what do I know...? Hope he gets his call-up (but not to the club's detriment!)
[quote][p][bold]dangermoose[/bold] wrote: What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, hasn't it taken this long for him to stay ON his line?! Also- personally, I think it's great that he shows his personality and makes an effort with both sets of fans, but what do I know...? Hope he gets his call-up (but not to the club's detriment!) YcfcKeepingTheFaith

8:48am Fri 7 Sep 12

duffy says...

dangermoose wrote:
What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.
Agreed its something I have always pointed out as his main weekness. I think he has started to improve in this area though.
[quote][p][bold]dangermoose[/bold] wrote: What stops Ingham being a top class keeper is his reluctance to come off his line and command his 6 yard box on crosses and his sometimes stupid antics with supporters of both City and opponents when he should be concentrating on the job in hand.[/p][/quote]Agreed its something I have always pointed out as his main weekness. I think he has started to improve in this area though. duffy

12:28pm Fri 7 Sep 12

YorkCityLuke says...

Ingham's antics are great! Fans pay money to be entertained, he's simply doing his job.
Ingham's antics are great! Fans pay money to be entertained, he's simply doing his job. YorkCityLuke

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