Match report: Chesterfield 3, York City 0

Michael Potts ushers team-mate Scott Kerr away from referee Christopher Sarginson as he remonstrates with the official during York City’s 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield in npower League Two

York City’s players look downcast as Chesterfield’s third goal goes in during yesterday’s 3-0 npower League Two defeat at the Proact Stadium

City’s Paddy McLaughlin is tackled by Chesterfield’s Sam Hird

Alex Rodman gets away from Spireites foe Drew Talbot

Matty Blair rues another missed chance

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’TIS the season to be jolly and all that, but you now have to trawl back four days before Halloween to recall York City’s last clean sheet.

Boxing Day’s 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield means the Minstermen have failed to manage a shut-out in their last ten fixtures.

And, as if to unite the two contrasting annual celebrations, Gary Mills’ men made some terrifying defensive mistakes at the Proact Stadium which led to goals that Santa could not have gift-wrapped better himself.

Not since a 0-0 draw with Southend have City kept an opponent off the scoresheet and, since then, 21 goals have been shipped at an average of more than two a game.

Quite simply, the Minstermen need to make teams work harder for their goals, tighten up on defending dead balls and eliminate the individual errors.

When Michael Ingham was forced into a fine first-half save to keep out Sam Hird’s header from a curling Mark Randall free-kick, visiting vice-captain Scott Kerr was heard imploring his team-mates “to wake up at set-pieces”.

His warning was not heeded, however, with the Spireites taking a scarcely-deserved lead within a minute of the restart when Drew Talbot’s run towards goal went completely unchecked and he stuck out a boot to meet another Randall free-kick.

More unconvincing defending from another right-wing dead-ball delivery saw Danny Whitaker double the hosts’ advantage and, just two minutes later, the same player had intercepted Chris Smith’s sloppy back pass with Tendayi Darikwa going on to put the final outcome beyond doubt.

The eventual margin of victory had seemed highly unlikely during a first half in which City retained possession with style and confidence – at least in two thirds of the pitch.

Frustratingly, on too many occasions the fluency of the visitors’ passing was not as impressive where it mattered most though – when they ventured closer towards home ’keeper Tommy Lee’s goal.

Therefore, goalscoring opportunities were few and far between although, with the onus on the home team to force the pace, it seemed inevitable that exploitable gaps might open up in the second period if the Minstermen could continue to keep the ball and defend with discipline.

Chesterfield had the first two chances of the match when Jay O’Shea’s rising 25-yard drive was gathered at the second attempt by Ingham, who went on to push Hird’s 20th-minute header around an upright by diving quickly to his left.

City began to settle into the match, though, with Chris Smith glancing a header wide from Matty Blair’s cross and Michael Potts forcing Lee into his first save – a routine stop low to his left – on 32 minutes.

Lee also held a firm Blair strike at his near post following Dan Parslow’s right-wing cross and Potts volleyed wide from Alex Rodman’s centre.

At the other end, former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Luis Boa Morte drove over from 15 yards on the stroke of half-time.

It was the Spireites’ first sight of goal for a full 24 minutes.

That counted for little, however, when Paddy McLaughlin conceded a free-kick seconds after the break and right-back Talbot converted from eight yards to claim his first goal of the season.

Loud penalty shouts were then rejected when Jason Walker appeared to be jostled down close to the byline by Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper.

Just past the hour, a Darikwa lob drifted just wide and, after Blair had dragged his volleyed far-post attempt off target at the other end, Boa Morte sprung the offside trap only to allow Chris Doig the time to make a recovery tackle as he bore down on Ingham’s goal.Chesterfield did forge further in front on 75 minutes when another free-kick caused consternation in City’s defence before Talbot fed Whitaker who, in his first contribution as a substitute, shifted the ball on to his right foot and beat Ingham inside his near post with a low, ten-yard effort.

It was 3-0 just moments later when Whitaker read Smith’s poorly-struck back pass from the left-back position to Ingham, rounded the ’keeper and played the ball back to Boa Morte.

The 35-year-old Portuguese hesitated long enough in front of an inviting goal for Doig to nudge him off the ball, but Darikwa then pounced to sweep a ten-yard effort past Ingham.

City could and should have mustered a consolation with Blair aiming high and wide of an open goal when Ingham’s free-kick fell at his feet in the six-yard box.

Jamal Fyfield also sidefooted wide from the edge of the box, McLaughlin saw a 20-yard volley saved by Lee and Chris Smith’s header was pushed on to the underside of the crossbar by the Spireites’ number one.

Instead, City were left to reflect on their biggest away defeat in 52 matches since going down 4-0 to Southport in January 2011.

Mills must now be looking for consistency from his team as 2012 draws to a close with this month’s promising victories over Rochdale (3-2) and Bristol Rovers (4-1) swiftly followed by disappointing defeats to Plymouth (2-0) and Chesterfield.

What Fleetwood will bring on Saturday remains a mystery.

Chesterfied 3 (Talbot 46; Whitaker 75; Darikwa 77), York City 0

York City

Michael Ingham 7
Made a fine first-half save before being left vulnerable for the three Chesterfield goals.

Dan Parslow 7
STAR MAN – defended with determination and Townsend exited the action having made little impression down the left.

Chris Smith 5
The skipper’s mistake put the outcome of the game beyond complete doubt. Struggling for early- season form.

Chris Doig 6
Recovered at times when players looked like they had escaped his attention, but partnership with Smith lacks pace.

Jamal Fyfield 7
Made a few typical raids forward and given few problems by Chesterfield on his wing.

Scott Kerr 6
Generally kept the ball moving well in the first half, but his performance dipped along with that of the team after the break.

Michael Potts 6
Tidy and reliable in possession with plenty of endeavour, but lacked punch in final third of pitch.

Paddy McLaughlin 7
Forced Tommy Lee into his best save of the game late on and displayed quality on the ball.

Matty Blair 5
Snatched at a couple of finishes and little came off for last season’s 20-goal top scorer.

Jason Walker 5
Struggled to hold the ball up as effectively as he can at his best and standard of passing was below par too.

Alex Rodman 5
Game passed him by somewhat prior to his withdrawal midway through the second period.

Subs: Jamie Reed 5 – shackled (for Rodman, 67), Tom Allan (for Doig, 79), Lanre Oyebanjo (for Potts, 79).

Subs not used: Musselwhite, McGurk, Bullock, J Smith.

Chesterfield
Tommy Lee, Drew Talbot, Sam Hird, Liam Cooper, Nathan Smith, Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Togwell, Mark Randall (Craig Clay, 61), Jay O’Shea, Conor Townsend (Danny Whitaker, 75), Luis Boa Morte (Brennan Dickenson, 84). Subs not used: Richard O’Donnell, Scott Boden, Jonathan Wafula, Neal Trotman.
Star man: Jay O’Shea – expressed himself well on the ball.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Rating: 7/10 – City felt aggrieved by failure to award a penalty, but there were few faults to be picked otherwise.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 7,322 (1,052 from City).

Shots on target: Chesterfield 6, City 4.

Shots off target: Chesterfield 2, City 7.

Corners: Chesterfield 1, City 3.

Fouls conceded: Chesterfield 12, City 9.

Offsides: Chesterfield 2, City 1.

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12:37pm Thu 27 Dec 12

SamYCFC says...

Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?
Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league? SamYCFC
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1:48pm Thu 27 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

SamYCFC wrote:
Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?
Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out!
[quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out! old_school_minsterman
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2:49pm Thu 27 Dec 12

YorkCityLuke says...

What did Parslow do wrong in that game? I though Parslow and Fyfield were our best players!
What did Parslow do wrong in that game? I though Parslow and Fyfield were our best players! YorkCityLuke
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2:56pm Thu 27 Dec 12

RooBeck says...

Would like to see Dave McGurk return to the central defence and for Lanre Oyebanjo to be given a start on the right side of midfield, for the game against the Cod Army! If, Chris Smith is rested, then give the captain's armband to Scott Kerr with instructions to drive the team on for the full 90 minutes! COYR.
Would like to see Dave McGurk return to the central defence and for Lanre Oyebanjo to be given a start on the right side of midfield, for the game against the Cod Army! If, Chris Smith is rested, then give the captain's armband to Scott Kerr with instructions to drive the team on for the full 90 minutes! COYR. RooBeck
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3:48pm Thu 27 Dec 12

redbluelion says...

C smith has to dropped now surely.he makes costly mistakes in just about every game now..time to get rid.time to give mcgurk his chance and the young lad allan too...this seasons as good as over now so may as well start getting the side in shape for next season..one i hope dosn't include c smith.bad defender..
C smith has to dropped now surely.he makes costly mistakes in just about every game now..time to get rid.time to give mcgurk his chance and the young lad allan too...this seasons as good as over now so may as well start getting the side in shape for next season..one i hope dosn't include c smith.bad defender.. redbluelion
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4:58pm Thu 27 Dec 12

joejamestom says...

old_school_minsterma
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wrote:
SamYCFC wrote:
Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?
Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out!
Afraid I have to disagree about Parslow probably the most versatile payer we have filling in in a position we badly need a good specialist player, easily better on the ball than Smith & Doig rarely loses any headers to the opposition he would be much better employed as a CB or screening player. Still we all see different things, I sit close to a guy who just cannot see Chambers talent he has been quiet recently though.
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out![/p][/quote]Afraid I have to disagree about Parslow probably the most versatile payer we have filling in in a position we badly need a good specialist player, easily better on the ball than Smith & Doig rarely loses any headers to the opposition he would be much better employed as a CB or screening player. Still we all see different things, I sit close to a guy who just cannot see Chambers talent he has been quiet recently though. joejamestom
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6:47pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Phil, Leeds says...

old_school_minsterma
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wrote:
SamYCFC wrote:
Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?
Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out!
Lazy comments critisicing 2 decent players. OK so Smith is struggling for form just now and may need a rest but Pars was MOTM here and is alright at this level.
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out![/p][/quote]Lazy comments critisicing 2 decent players. OK so Smith is struggling for form just now and may need a rest but Pars was MOTM here and is alright at this level. Phil, Leeds
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8:33pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Realfootballfan1 says...

I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch.
I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch. Realfootballfan1
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9:00pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Realfootballfan1 says...

Realfootballfan1 wrote:
I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch.
Sorry meant 10 others on the pitch
[quote][p][bold]Realfootballfan1[/bold] wrote: I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch.[/p][/quote]Sorry meant 10 others on the pitch Realfootballfan1
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9:28am Fri 28 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
old_school_minsterma n wrote:
SamYCFC wrote: Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?
Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out!
Lazy comments critisicing 2 decent players. OK so Smith is struggling for form just now and may need a rest but Pars was MOTM here and is alright at this level.
Opions dear Philip, maybe you dont get across from Leeds much to the matches!

Calamity Parslow does OK but rarely better than that. Like I said, Smith also has a great game in him but these are now being heavily outweighed by the terrible mistakes and his lack of pace. Take Oyebanjo out of that back 4 and Fyfield is the only one with any pace at all. Smith, Doig and Parslow get skinned when up against a player with half a yard of pace.

If Parslow wasn't at York there would be no way he would be a league player. Decent player at the likes of Tamworth and Telford but not any higher.

Enjoy your trip across from Leeds on New Year's Day if you can be bothered to actually attend!
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SamYCFC[/bold] wrote: Time to say goodbye C Smith and Parslow. Poor defenders in the conference so why would they be any better in this league?[/p][/quote]Spot on. Both can have a good game & can look quality...then make a massive mistake and have a poor run of form. Definately not guys you want in the back line of defence week in, week out![/p][/quote]Lazy comments critisicing 2 decent players. OK so Smith is struggling for form just now and may need a rest but Pars was MOTM here and is alright at this level.[/p][/quote]Opions dear Philip, maybe you dont get across from Leeds much to the matches! Calamity Parslow does OK but rarely better than that. Like I said, Smith also has a great game in him but these are now being heavily outweighed by the terrible mistakes and his lack of pace. Take Oyebanjo out of that back 4 and Fyfield is the only one with any pace at all. Smith, Doig and Parslow get skinned when up against a player with half a yard of pace. If Parslow wasn't at York there would be no way he would be a league player. Decent player at the likes of Tamworth and Telford but not any higher. Enjoy your trip across from Leeds on New Year's Day if you can be bothered to actually attend! old_school_minsterman
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11:22am Fri 28 Dec 12

THETELLEROFTALES says...

The back 4 come under increasing scrutiny.
There are far to many schoolboy howlers and Gay Mills must sort this out before the supporters turn on the individuals.

I don't understand why Ty is seen by many to be the solution at the back. When Darlington had a half-decent Div 2 team he couldn't get a game which is why he came to York in the first place.
The back 4 come under increasing scrutiny. There are far to many schoolboy howlers and Gay Mills must sort this out before the supporters turn on the individuals. I don't understand why Ty is seen by many to be the solution at the back. When Darlington had a half-decent Div 2 team he couldn't get a game which is why he came to York in the first place. THETELLEROFTALES
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11:49am Fri 28 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

Realfootballfan1 wrote:
I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch.
We played with 12 and still got beat!? Wow that really is a poor result!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Realfootballfan1[/bold] wrote: I feel sure that the game was already lost at 2-0 when Smith made his mistake so why is everyone blaming him for losing the game, there were 11 others on the pitch.[/p][/quote]We played with 12 and still got beat!? Wow that really is a poor result!!!! old_school_minsterman
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12:08pm Fri 28 Dec 12

arsene.about.york says...

One thought, I don't seem to remember all this criticism of the defence last season when they won many games for us. So, what has changed ?( Des Lyttle )
One thought, I don't seem to remember all this criticism of the defence last season when they won many games for us. So, what has changed ?( Des Lyttle ) arsene.about.york
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9:28pm Fri 28 Dec 12

long distance depressive says...

Up against better teams, poor tactical choices, lack of goals, Blair has fallen off the radar in terms of form, 4-5-1 formation etc etc.
Up against better teams, poor tactical choices, lack of goals, Blair has fallen off the radar in terms of form, 4-5-1 formation etc etc. long distance depressive
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