York City's Jon Challinor issues defiant call to end slump

York City's Jon Challinor issues defiant call to end slump

Receiving awards from The Non-League Paper for last season's achievements. Gary Mills, for claiming the FA Trophy and play-off double; Jason Walker, goal of the season for his overhead kick against Grimsby and Matty Blair was young player of the year.

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

KEEPING faith is the key for York City to turn around their seven match winless run, reckons Jon Challinor.

The defender-cum-midfielder says the determination and character is in the squad to haul themselves out of difficult spell and up the npower League Two table.

Citing matches like the 2-2 draw with Port Vale, where the Minstermen came back from 2-0 down to snatch a point, Challinor said the players must not let their heads drop and he remains confident City will soon start picking up wins.

“We have seen in some games that we have the determination to get back into it, we have just got to do it at home,” he said.

“We can’t let our heads drop. We know what we are capable of. It isn’t going our way but we have got to dig deep, get through it and then start to play. We have got the characters in the squad to do that.

“It’s just keeping faith with what we have got and eventually it will come.

“We know what we can do. We know we have stepped up into the League and the class is obviously evident.

“They need a couple of chances and they will take them. If we get a couple of chances, and they drop to us, then the tide will turn.”

Reflecting on the 2-0 defeat to Torquay at Bootham Crescent, a result which means York have won just two from ten at home this season, Challinor added that everyone in the squad was disappointed.

He explained: “We wanted to rectify our home form and it wasn’t the case.

“In this League they are all solid and well drilled and it is up to us to break them down. They (Torquay) came here, wanted three points and took them.

“We will go into this week, look at what we need to improve on and, hopefully, we can try to turn around the results and get three points on Saturday.

“We are all disappointed. It is not going the way we want it to go at the moment. We wanted a few more points at this point in the season.

“It’s down to us. We have got to work together and rectify the situation.

“We want this place to be a fortress but it is not happening. All we can do is get on the training field, work on the things that didn’t go right for us, and hopefully put it right.

“The obvious is putting the ball in the net. We are getting some chances but they are not falling to us.

“I don’t know what Torquay had but it seemed like there were two chances and they scored them both.

“That’s the way it is going at the minute.

“We wanted momentum from last year and the winning mentality. It hasn’t quite happened but we still need to believe.

“We’ve still got the nucleus of the squad and we just need to get back and play football and hopefully results will come.”

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12:43pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ADAMCUTHBERT says...

Well said Jon' we all need to stick together not just the players!

Most teams go through dips in form at some stage during the course of a long 'gruelling' campaign' It only takes one win and the whole momentum can swing the other way!

Let's hope it's sooner rather than later!

Keep the faith!

COYR
Well said Jon' we all need to stick together not just the players! Most teams go through dips in form at some stage during the course of a long 'gruelling' campaign' It only takes one win and the whole momentum can swing the other way! Let's hope it's sooner rather than later! Keep the faith! COYR ADAMCUTHBERT
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1:22pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ian923 says...

I'm suprised at the hysteria which has developed in recent weeks especially about performances in the home games. Many contributors here seem to think they are better managers than Gary Mills-get real! After 2 years he has achieved miracles at City and does not become a bad manager overnight or after one bad performance by the team.
Real supporters support the team rather than continuing to knock them.If you love the club like I do get behind them and show your support. Continued, and in some cases excessive, criticism will affect the players and subsequently their performances.Expecta
tions of a further promotion this year are over the top and a consolidation in the League is a necessary target.So keep the faith and come on City!,
I'm suprised at the hysteria which has developed in recent weeks especially about performances in the home games. Many contributors here seem to think they are better managers than Gary Mills-get real! After 2 years he has achieved miracles at City and does not become a bad manager overnight or after one bad performance by the team. Real supporters support the team rather than continuing to knock them.If you love the club like I do get behind them and show your support. Continued, and in some cases excessive, criticism will affect the players and subsequently their performances.Expecta tions of a further promotion this year are over the top and a consolidation in the League is a necessary target.So keep the faith and come on City!, ian923
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1:37pm Tue 27 Nov 12

dangermoose says...

Sadly BC has never been a fortress under Millsy. His stubborness to recognise that his tactics/formation are the reason for this are evident to everybody else. In the main the players are good enough, but the system they are told to play and often out of their natural position is holding them back in home games. My worry is that this stubborness will lead to a very nervy end of season. Two poor teams in my opinion (Wimbledon and Torquay) have only had to turn up at BC to help themselves to 3 points a piece.
Sadly BC has never been a fortress under Millsy. His stubborness to recognise that his tactics/formation are the reason for this are evident to everybody else. In the main the players are good enough, but the system they are told to play and often out of their natural position is holding them back in home games. My worry is that this stubborness will lead to a very nervy end of season. Two poor teams in my opinion (Wimbledon and Torquay) have only had to turn up at BC to help themselves to 3 points a piece. dangermoose
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1:59pm Tue 27 Nov 12

redwhiteblue says...

'Ian 923'

Well said sir - no need to say any more.

Get behind the team, the manager and believe in the Club - the current band of knockers could destroy what we achieve last year.
'Ian 923' Well said sir - no need to say any more. Get behind the team, the manager and believe in the Club - the current band of knockers could destroy what we achieve last year. redwhiteblue
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2:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

RooBeck says...

It's definately a case of keeping the faith - some fans do have very short memories and there is still five months of the season to go! Gary Mills has been a very good manager for us and going all panicky and negative on him and the squad on the back of this downturn, will do absolutely no good. Having said that, he does need to fully recognise the poor home form and come to realise that a change of tactics/formations/m
ind-set, is probably going to be needed at BC. We need to be far more ruthless and start bossing opponents and raise our standards on the quality/quantity of strikes at goal, (also to improve attacking, set-piece play) and if that means a bit more directness, then so be it. Torquay closed us down/were in our faces, at every opportunity on Saturday and bossed us, esp. in the first-half, stopping the pass/movement in its tracks. So, GM needs to look again because this seems to be a pattern with many visiting teams this season! In addition, one of his tasks will be to keep his squad confident and to retain the self-belief shown by Jon Challinor, to play and battle their way out of this rut.COYR.
It's definately a case of keeping the faith - some fans do have very short memories and there is still five months of the season to go! Gary Mills has been a very good manager for us and going all panicky and negative on him and the squad on the back of this downturn, will do absolutely no good. Having said that, he does need to fully recognise the poor home form and come to realise that a change of tactics/formations/m ind-set, is probably going to be needed at BC. We need to be far more ruthless and start bossing opponents and raise our standards on the quality/quantity of strikes at goal, (also to improve attacking, set-piece play) and if that means a bit more directness, then so be it. Torquay closed us down/were in our faces, at every opportunity on Saturday and bossed us, esp. in the first-half, stopping the pass/movement in its tracks. So, GM needs to look again because this seems to be a pattern with many visiting teams this season! In addition, one of his tasks will be to keep his squad confident and to retain the self-belief shown by Jon Challinor, to play and battle their way out of this rut.COYR. RooBeck
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2:48pm Tue 27 Nov 12

TerryYork says...

I agree. We have to keep the faith. No formation would please everyone, and while I too think that despite 4-3-3 serving us so well last season, we do need to at least try 4-4-2 at home on occasion.

City fans have always been moaners, but I hope Gary reads these comments and sees that the vast majority - if not "overjoyed" right now - completely recognise that we'll forever appreciate him getting us back in the league and that there is ZERO question about us wanting a different manager. ZERO question about it.

Let's get back to winning ways and push on. It's all about being in touch after Christmas.
I agree. We have to keep the faith. No formation would please everyone, and while I too think that despite 4-3-3 serving us so well last season, we do need to at least try 4-4-2 at home on occasion. City fans have always been moaners, but I hope Gary reads these comments and sees that the vast majority - if not "overjoyed" right now - completely recognise that we'll forever appreciate him getting us back in the league and that there is ZERO question about us wanting a different manager. ZERO question about it. Let's get back to winning ways and push on. It's all about being in touch after Christmas. TerryYork
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3:05pm Tue 27 Nov 12

OLD - HEAD says...

It will be a talking point, but this is just a fill-in article by The Press. Because there is no other news on York City football club. Its a no-brainer and obvious to everyone connected with the club (from the players down to the fans) that we need to get out of this slump as quickly as possible. Of course the fans can play a big part by giving 100% support, and I am sure that they will. Personally I have seen the majority of our games this season, and I will be at Rochdale on Saturday. But giving 100% support does not mean that we will score more goals than the opposition, for that has to be done on the pitch.
It will be a talking point, but this is just a fill-in article by The Press. Because there is no other news on York City football club. Its a no-brainer and obvious to everyone connected with the club (from the players down to the fans) that we need to get out of this slump as quickly as possible. Of course the fans can play a big part by giving 100% support, and I am sure that they will. Personally I have seen the majority of our games this season, and I will be at Rochdale on Saturday. But giving 100% support does not mean that we will score more goals than the opposition, for that has to be done on the pitch. OLD - HEAD
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3:16pm Tue 27 Nov 12

openallhours says...

Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read! openallhours
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3:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

TerryYork says...

openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Jesus wept!
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Jesus wept! TerryYork
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3:34pm Tue 27 Nov 12

York Manor says...

I dont think its a question of faith, I would of thought it was a case of better defending, putting chances away and creation in midfield.
Harder work on the training ground with players playing in their correct positions, corners that are firmly struck rather than a high flighted ball, oh dear if its faith then its a long hard second half of our season, and its getting colder !!
I dont think its a question of faith, I would of thought it was a case of better defending, putting chances away and creation in midfield. Harder work on the training ground with players playing in their correct positions, corners that are firmly struck rather than a high flighted ball, oh dear if its faith then its a long hard second half of our season, and its getting colder !! York Manor
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3:49pm Tue 27 Nov 12

openallhours says...

TerryYork wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Jesus wept!
It's only an honest opinion. How many fans would like to see Bullock or Smith or Potts or Paddy Mac in the side instead of Challinor.

I would.
[quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Jesus wept![/p][/quote]It's only an honest opinion. How many fans would like to see Bullock or Smith or Potts or Paddy Mac in the side instead of Challinor. I would. openallhours
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5:36pm Tue 27 Nov 12

therealbroardsword says...

Too many people on here wanna stick to there day jobs and leave football management to football managers
Too many people on here wanna stick to there day jobs and leave football management to football managers therealbroardsword
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6:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

johnbyrneshair says...

openallhours loaned out to Luton for the rest of the season - that's what I'd like to see.
Through richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.......
openallhours loaned out to Luton for the rest of the season - that's what I'd like to see. Through richer and poorer, in sickness and in health....... johnbyrneshair
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7:41pm Tue 27 Nov 12

YO1 says...

openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention. YO1
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8:18pm Tue 27 Nov 12

openallhours says...

YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.
If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it.

Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)
[quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.[/p][/quote]If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it. Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :) openallhours
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8:26pm Tue 27 Nov 12

long distance depressive says...

TerryYork wrote:
I agree. We have to keep the faith. No formation would please everyone, and while I too think that despite 4-3-3 serving us so well last season, we do need to at least try 4-4-2 at home on occasion.

City fans have always been moaners, but I hope Gary reads these comments and sees that the vast majority - if not "overjoyed" right now - completely recognise that we'll forever appreciate him getting us back in the league and that there is ZERO question about us wanting a different manager. ZERO question about it.

Let's get back to winning ways and push on. It's all about being in touch after Christmas.
It's not 4-3-3 it's 4-5-1 !!
[quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: I agree. We have to keep the faith. No formation would please everyone, and while I too think that despite 4-3-3 serving us so well last season, we do need to at least try 4-4-2 at home on occasion. City fans have always been moaners, but I hope Gary reads these comments and sees that the vast majority - if not "overjoyed" right now - completely recognise that we'll forever appreciate him getting us back in the league and that there is ZERO question about us wanting a different manager. ZERO question about it. Let's get back to winning ways and push on. It's all about being in touch after Christmas.[/p][/quote]It's not 4-3-3 it's 4-5-1 !! long distance depressive
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8:35pm Tue 27 Nov 12

YO1 says...

openallhours wrote:
YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.
If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it.

Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)
It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management.

I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.[/p][/quote]If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it. Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)[/p][/quote]It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management. I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so. YO1
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9:13pm Tue 27 Nov 12

openallhours says...

YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.
If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it.

Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)
It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management.

I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so.
Yes, I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here. Like you, I love my football club but as fans we see the same games in different ways. There was just over 3000 there on Saturday, but we should be getting over 4000 for games at this level. I don't think I'm on my own being unhappy with poor performances.
[quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.[/p][/quote]If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it. Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)[/p][/quote]It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management. I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so.[/p][/quote]Yes, I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here. Like you, I love my football club but as fans we see the same games in different ways. There was just over 3000 there on Saturday, but we should be getting over 4000 for games at this level. I don't think I'm on my own being unhappy with poor performances. openallhours
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11:24pm Tue 27 Nov 12

goreds says...

openallhours wrote:
YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote:
YO1 wrote:
openallhours wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read!
Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.
If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it. Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)
It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management. I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so.
Yes, I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here. Like you, I love my football club but as fans we see the same games in different ways. There was just over 3000 there on Saturday, but we should be getting over 4000 for games at this level. I don't think I'm on my own being unhappy with poor performances.
OAH says ''I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here''

We can all be positive when things are going well - the sign of a true fan is the reaction when things go wrong.
Thats when we should stand together - and snide comments about John Challinor don't help. He's worked his socks off for City and will play anywhere for the club - under-rated IMO.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YO1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Challinor loaned out for the rest of the season - now there's a headline I'd like to read![/p][/quote]Open all hours! It's about time you were closed for good. Problem is... you love the attention.[/p][/quote]If you're looking for an exchange of insults you've come to the wrong place matey. If you don't like a post, pass it by and don't respond to it. Furthermore, if you dislike free speech, get yerself relocated to communist China, you'll fit right in :)[/p][/quote]It's the drip, drip, drip effect of your continuous negative and at times, comments about York City players and management. I don't have a problem with you expressing your opinion, you're entitled to it. I guess I just feel protective towards the club I love and I'm expressing my right to do so.[/p][/quote]Yes, I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here. Like you, I love my football club but as fans we see the same games in different ways. There was just over 3000 there on Saturday, but we should be getting over 4000 for games at this level. I don't think I'm on my own being unhappy with poor performances.[/p][/quote]OAH says ''I can be cutting and sarcastic but I've been positive on many many occasions for all the time I've posted on here'' We can all be positive when things are going well - the sign of a true fan is the reaction when things go wrong. Thats when we should stand together - and snide comments about John Challinor don't help. He's worked his socks off for City and will play anywhere for the club - under-rated IMO. goreds
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1:16am Wed 28 Nov 12

GreenshawGrinder says...

The vast majority of fans who post on here, myself included, do so because we care about the club. It took us a long time to get back in to the football league, the first priority is to make sure we are still there next season. Some players are not up to the task but i'm sure Gary Mills will sort it out. Four home games over the festive period, could go a long way to deciding whether we end up mid table or in a relegation battle.
The vast majority of fans who post on here, myself included, do so because we care about the club. It took us a long time to get back in to the football league, the first priority is to make sure we are still there next season. Some players are not up to the task but i'm sure Gary Mills will sort it out. Four home games over the festive period, could go a long way to deciding whether we end up mid table or in a relegation battle. GreenshawGrinder
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11:54am Wed 28 Nov 12

rogue84 says...

lets save the bickering between ourselves and channel it into supporting the lads at Spotland on Saturday.
lets hope the weather gives us the chance to get this game played and get a valuable 3 points before winter sets in and postponements inevitably arrive.
lets save the bickering between ourselves and channel it into supporting the lads at Spotland on Saturday. lets hope the weather gives us the chance to get this game played and get a valuable 3 points before winter sets in and postponements inevitably arrive. rogue84
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