Match report: York City 0, Aldershot Town 0

York City’s Matty Blair, left, and Lanre Oyebanjo, right, wait to pounce as the ball runs close to Ben Herd’s hand in the Aldershot penalty area during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bootham Crescent

Michael Potts

Paddy McLaughlin attempts to get York City on the move

Matty Blair

Jamie Reed is sent tumbling

David McGurk causes havoc in the Shots’ penalty area during the 0-0 draw at Bootham Crescent

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HAVING left their snowed-in coach at home, Aldershot proceeded to park the proverbial bus on their eventual arrival at Bootham Crescent.

The phrase, famously coined by then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, summed up the Shots’ approach to Saturday’s cold contest perfectly.

Dean Holdsworth’s men, who had been forced to travel separately to North Yorkshire on trains from a variety of different stations in the country, frustrated their hosts by spreading two well-drilled banks of four across the impressively playable pitch.

Strikers Dani Lopez and Craig Reid also worked hard to get behind the ball quickly and the visitors’ defensive outlook saw them muster only one shot on target all afternoon – a weak Kieron Cadogan effort on eight minutes.

The Minstermen, though, did not set a tempo that troubled their organised opponents and options for home players in possession were limited far too often.

As a result, Michael Ingham was only kept busy by regular back passes to the frustration of some home supporters, most notably when roars of disapproval greeted left-back Jamal Fyfield’s ball back to the City ’keeper from inside Aldershot’s half.

Only Matty Blair briefly provided some urgency to the hosts’ attacking play with a couple of trademark charges down the flanks but his fellow strikers, Jason Walker and Jamie Reed, offered little penetration.

The latter made way for new signing Ben Everson, who could not mark his City debut with a goal when he met fellow replacement Lanre Oyebanjo’s corner late on.

A flat atmosphere gave an almost practice match feel to the encounter with the players unable to rouse the fans and vice versa. It was all pretty drab stuff and, with Ashley Chambers and Michael Coulson crocked, City lacked unpredictability in the final third of the pitch.

Wide attacking players remain Gary Mills’ chief transfer window targets although the imminent return of Oli Johnson and Alex Rodman, who was refused permission to play against his parent club on Saturday, should improve matters in that respect.

As the manager pointed out afterwards, however, even when struggling for inspiration and invention up top, the Minstermen remain a difficult side to beat.

Saturday’s stalemate represented City’s 12th draw of the season and a record of eight defeats in League Two is fewer than top-seven sides Exeter, Rotherham, Northampton and Burton.

Against Aldershot, skipper Chris Smith led a strong rearguard battle to earn Ingham his ninth clean sheet of the season.

After rolling back the covers that had protected the pitch from last week’s freezing temperatures, both teams made a lukewarm start to the match.

Cadogan failed to stretch Ingham with the game’s first attempt, using the outside of his right boot from the edge of the box after running at a back-pedalling Smith.

He glanced a header well wide before Blair sliced off target with a 15-yard volley on 23 minutes.

At the other end, Aldershot failed to capitalise when City were twice guilty of napping at set-pieces while Sonny Bradley and Michael Hector missed the target by a long way from distance.

City’s best spell came at the end of the half when Michael Potts’ 20-yard strike called Aldershot’s Australian ’keeper Jamie Young into an amusingly over-elaborate save.

Smith also headed narrowly wide from Walker’s dangerously-delivered cross to the far post.

After the break, Potts’ clever back heel gave Reed a chance to tee up Paddy McLaughlin, but his shot was kicked away by Bradley.

Another Smith header, from Dan Parslow’s cross, was comfortably gathered by Young on 57 minutes, while Hector sliced over from 20 yards at the other end.

Potts’ low edge-of-the-box drive was also kept out by Young after Blair had burst down the left flank and then ran diagonally towards the visitors’ goal.

On 79 minutes, former West Texas A&M University striker Everson could not direct Oyebanjo’s corner on target at the near post.

Craig Reid then missed the final opportunity of the afternoon when he blasted narrowly over from 15 yards. Shortly afterwards, courtesy of a Pullman coach laid on by their hosts, the Shots were on their way back to Hampshire with a point.

 

Match facts

York City

Michael Ingham 7
Largely unemployed, but generally dealt well with back passes he received.

Dan Parslow 7
Comfortable defensively and also got forward to deliver crosses when possible.

Chris Smith 8
STAR MAN – dominant at the back and attacked the ball at every opportunity.

David McGurk 7
Swept up well when required on a fairly straightforward afternoon.

Jamal Fyfield 6
Lucky not to be punished for a couple of sloppy moments, but solid otherwise.

Michael Potts 6
Fought hard to keep possession, but forced to turn backwards too many times.

Scott Kerr 6
Probed away for his team, but ran out of targets to pass to.

Paddy McLaughlin 6
Replaced early in the game again after being a little peripheral.

Matty Blair 7
Caused problems with his direct running and lacked nothing in effort.

Jason Walker 6
Won countless free-kicks for his team, but passes went astray at times.

Jamie Reed 6
Laboured for long periods and disappointed with several crossing chances.

Subs: Lanre Oyebanjo 6 (for McLaughlin, 64), Ben Everson (for Reed, 71). Not used: Paul Musselwhite, Lee Bullock, John McReady, Jon Challinor, Tom Allan.

Aldershot Town

Jamie Young, Ben Herd, Troy Brown, Sonny Bradley, Anthony Tonkin, Kieron Cadogan (Aaron Morris, 90), Danny Rose, Michael Hector, Peter Vincenti, Craig Reid (Oliver Risser, 88), Dani Lopez (Michael Rankine, 78). Subs not used: Anthony McNamee, Adam Mekki, Glenn Morris, Harry Cooksley.

Star man: Troy Brown – kept things tight at the back for the visitors.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Rating: 7/10 – sensible on the whole and gave both sides little cause for complaint.

Booked: McGurk 26, Cadogan 85.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 2,757 (120 from Aldershot).

Shots on target: City 3, Aldershot 1.

Shots off target: City 3, Aldershot 5.

Corners: City 6, Aldershot 3.

Fouls conceded: City 10, Aldershot 13.

Offsides: City 4, Aldershot 1.

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11:20am Mon 21 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

To be absolutely fair to Aldershot I dont think that they came to Bootham Crescent just to "park the bus" in front of goal as this report says. Stats show eight shots on target - 3 by City, and 5 by Aldershot. I must confess that I can not remember seeing eight shots on target, I must have dropped off. You can not be too critical how an away team plays as City do exactly the same on their travels. At least everybody seems to agree that it was a diabolical game.
To be absolutely fair to Aldershot I dont think that they came to Bootham Crescent just to "park the bus" in front of goal as this report says. Stats show eight shots on target - 3 by City, and 5 by Aldershot. I must confess that I can not remember seeing eight shots on target, I must have dropped off. You can not be too critical how an away team plays as City do exactly the same on their travels. At least everybody seems to agree that it was a diabolical game. OLD - HEAD
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11:30am Mon 21 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Sorry it should have read "shots off target".
Sorry it should have read "shots off target". OLD - HEAD
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11:32am Mon 21 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

new striker to sign for york this week..
new striker to sign for york this week.. redbluelion
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11:55am Mon 21 Jan 13

redwhiteblue says...

Picture - is that handball - or ball onto hand
Picture - is that handball - or ball onto hand redwhiteblue
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11:55am Mon 21 Jan 13

RooBeck says...

We never really got into gear and fired-up for this match and yes, Aldershot were a well organised side at the back but we gave them little to worry about and other than the two fisted/falling backwards save by their keeper, then nothing to get very excited about! We have got to put together more attacking options - players who can run at and take on defenders, move them about, get crosses into the box and someone in the right place to meet them!! A little worrying was the fall in attendance - approx. 1,000 down on the Exeter game and even though we lost that match, we came into Saturday's game on the back of a good performance at Cheltenham. This is a big figure to suddenly stop turning-up. Was it too cold for some people? Thought it was good winter football conditions and the ground-staff did a great job in preparing the pitch and the club web-page gave bags of notice that the game was definately on?! These missing fans have to show better support if this club is going to move forward! PS. Will Aldershot drop the bus back off next week on their way up to the Boro and are we putting them-up and organising a practice match with them mid-week!! COYR.
We never really got into gear and fired-up for this match and yes, Aldershot were a well organised side at the back but we gave them little to worry about and other than the two fisted/falling backwards save by their keeper, then nothing to get very excited about! We have got to put together more attacking options - players who can run at and take on defenders, move them about, get crosses into the box and someone in the right place to meet them!! A little worrying was the fall in attendance - approx. 1,000 down on the Exeter game and even though we lost that match, we came into Saturday's game on the back of a good performance at Cheltenham. This is a big figure to suddenly stop turning-up. Was it too cold for some people? Thought it was good winter football conditions and the ground-staff did a great job in preparing the pitch and the club web-page gave bags of notice that the game was definately on?! These missing fans have to show better support if this club is going to move forward! PS. Will Aldershot drop the bus back off next week on their way up to the Boro and are we putting them-up and organising a practice match with them mid-week!! COYR. RooBeck
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12:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

redbluelion wrote:
new striker to sign for york this week..
So where do you get this information from? A source of yours in the know or did you just dream it last night?
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: new striker to sign for york this week..[/p][/quote]So where do you get this information from? A source of yours in the know or did you just dream it last night? lord_love_rocket
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1:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

lord_love_rocket wrote:
redbluelion wrote: new striker to sign for york this week..
So where do you get this information from? A source of yours in the know or did you just dream it last night?
Jason Scotland apparently.
[quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: new striker to sign for york this week..[/p][/quote]So where do you get this information from? A source of yours in the know or did you just dream it last night?[/p][/quote]Jason Scotland apparently. old_school_minsterman
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1:05pm Mon 21 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

Jason Scotland apparently.
Jason Scotland apparently. old_school_minsterman
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1:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.?
i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.? YoRkIe59
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1:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Fat Harry says...

old_school_minsterma
n
wrote:
Jason Scotland apparently.
I'd be pleasantly surprised if that turns out to be correct.

Mind you, it surfaces every time Scotland leaves a club, so I guess it's bound to be true eventually.

Perhaps more likely to be David McDaid who (if Wikipedia stats are correct) is a good 6" taller than Scotland.
[quote][p][bold]old_school_minsterma n[/bold] wrote: Jason Scotland apparently.[/p][/quote]I'd be pleasantly surprised if that turns out to be correct. Mind you, it surfaces every time Scotland leaves a club, so I guess it's bound to be true eventually. Perhaps more likely to be David McDaid who (if Wikipedia stats are correct) is a good 6" taller than Scotland. Fat Harry
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1:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Fat Harry says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.?
Trinidad & Tobago international, just left Ipswich, formerly with Wigan, Swansea, and implausibly played a while in Scotland.
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.?[/p][/quote]Trinidad & Tobago international, just left Ipswich, formerly with Wigan, Swansea, and implausibly played a while in Scotland. Fat Harry
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1:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Hahaha how will we afford his wages? Who made this one up? If he signs for york I'll run around BC naked, what a load of bollock's
Hahaha how will we afford his wages? Who made this one up? If he signs for york I'll run around BC naked, what a load of bollock's lord_love_rocket
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1:53pm Mon 21 Jan 13

updarails123 says...

Jason Scotland just been spotted at BC if he takes a pay cut that is one heck of a signing Mr Mills.

#updarails
Jason Scotland just been spotted at BC if he takes a pay cut that is one heck of a signing Mr Mills. #updarails updarails123
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1:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

PhilTopping says...

Jason Scotland.... I doubt it. Would be on £4-8000 per week and why would he drop his salary 90% to join us.

That rumour is about as boring as Saturday's turgid game.
Jason Scotland.... I doubt it. Would be on £4-8000 per week and why would he drop his salary 90% to join us. That rumour is about as boring as Saturday's turgid game. PhilTopping
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1:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

updarails123 says...

Rumour has it he has family in north yorkshire and is keen to move and is believed to have recently said he feels he may need to drop down the leagues for a new challenge. this has all come from a very reliable source
#updarails
Rumour has it he has family in north yorkshire and is keen to move and is believed to have recently said he feels he may need to drop down the leagues for a new challenge. this has all come from a very reliable source #updarails updarails123
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2:01pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

****

let's bring in Michael Owen, Defoe?
**** let's bring in Michael Owen, Defoe? lord_love_rocket
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2:10pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Yorkalltheway1 says...

I've heard some rubbish in my time! Scotland haha! Maybe get a player from there but Jason Scotland coming to York? Really? No!
I've heard some rubbish in my time! Scotland haha! Maybe get a player from there but Jason Scotland coming to York? Really? No! Yorkalltheway1
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2:19pm Mon 21 Jan 13

PDH says...

Wolves and Doncaster are battling it out to sign striker Jason Scotland who is now a free agent after leaving Ipswich.
Wolves and Doncaster are battling it out to sign striker Jason Scotland who is now a free agent after leaving Ipswich. PDH
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2:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

PhilTopping says...

PDH wrote:
Wolves and Doncaster are battling it out to sign striker Jason Scotland who is now a free agent after leaving Ipswich.
Really?

I think you'll find Wolves, Donny and York City.

I'm getting so tired of York competing with Wolves for players.

Wait till Jason gets the old cheque book out. Wolves won't be able to compete this time.
[quote][p][bold]PDH[/bold] wrote: Wolves and Doncaster are battling it out to sign striker Jason Scotland who is now a free agent after leaving Ipswich.[/p][/quote]Really? I think you'll find Wolves, Donny and York City. I'm getting so tired of York competing with Wolves for players. Wait till Jason gets the old cheque book out. Wolves won't be able to compete this time. PhilTopping
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3:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

updarails123 says...

news just in! jason scotland expected to sign with Harrogate Railway as he is an avid fan of club mascot Barmy the Beaver! one can only imagine the damage that strike partnership is gonna cause.
At last we get one over on York City!

#updarails
news just in! jason scotland expected to sign with Harrogate Railway as he is an avid fan of club mascot Barmy the Beaver! one can only imagine the damage that strike partnership is gonna cause. At last we get one over on York City! #updarails updarails123
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4:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Think it best the press restricts people under the age of 10 leaving comments
Think it best the press restricts people under the age of 10 leaving comments lord_love_rocket
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5:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bartsimmo says...

I think you mean Jason from Scotland a five a side player!
I think you mean Jason from Scotland a five a side player! bartsimmo
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5:21pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bill bailey says...

Fat Harry wrote:
YoRkIe59 wrote:
i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.?
Trinidad & Tobago international, just left Ipswich, formerly with Wigan, Swansea, and implausibly played a while in Scotland.
Not tall enough to cut a cabbage.But he
has got a few goals ,so hey if you think the new lad from iceland can cut the ice
why not Scotland.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: i almost dare not ask but does anyone know who Jason Scotland is.?[/p][/quote]Trinidad & Tobago international, just left Ipswich, formerly with Wigan, Swansea, and implausibly played a while in Scotland.[/p][/quote]Not tall enough to cut a cabbage.But he has got a few goals ,so hey if you think the new lad from iceland can cut the ice why not Scotland. bill bailey
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8:16pm Mon 21 Jan 13

openallhours says...

Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous?
Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous? openallhours
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8:42pm Mon 21 Jan 13

duffy says...

openallhours wrote:
Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous?
I would knock a couple of points off everyone.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous?[/p][/quote]I would knock a couple of points off everyone. duffy
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10:58pm Mon 21 Jan 13

PDH says...

duffy wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous?
I would knock a couple of points off everyone.
ooh, lets be negative, thats a surprise
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Is it me, or are the player ratings way too generous?[/p][/quote]I would knock a couple of points off everyone.[/p][/quote]ooh, lets be negative, thats a surprise PDH
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