York City hope to extend Jack O’Connell’s loan stay

Jack O’Connell,  who City want to  hang on to until the end of the season

Jack O’Connell, who City want to hang on to until the end of the season

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YORK City are hoping Blackburn Rovers will today sanction an extension to England under-19 international Jack O’Connell’s loan stay at Bootham Crescent.

O'Connell, 18, played the last match of his agreed one-month spell with the Minstermen during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Oxford United.

He impressed again at the heart of City’s defence and manager Gary Mills is hoping he will be able to call on his services for the League Two clash at Rotherham tomorrow, when injured pair David McGurk (hamstring) and Chris Doig (ankle) will still be unavailable.

On his hope an agreement can be made with Championship club Rovers, Mills said: “It was Jack’s last game for us on Saturday but I’m trying to keep him here until the end of the season because he’s been our most consistent player during the last few games. He was excellent again (at Oxford) and has defended ever so well for an 18-year-old.

“He knows when to keep the ball and when to clear it and has a lot of desire. He wants to be here so I’m hoping that can be sorted because we are still short in that area.”

Should O’Connell be available, Mills is also looking forward to fielding the same back four that engineered a shut-out at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow.

The quartet, which saw Lanre Oyebanjo and Daniel Parslow filling the right and left-back positions respectively, while O’Connell partnered captain Chris Smith in the middle, were not breached the only other time they lined up together.

On that occasion, Oyebanjo had to be substituted with a fractured skull before high-flying hosts Gillingham grabbed a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw last month.

Mills added: “That back four were outstanding at Gillingham. Unfortunately, Lanre got that head injury and I wasn’t able to play them together again.

“But I was delighted to put that defence out at Oxford and they showed me what I thought – they are a very solid unit who worked hard and defended very well to get us a clean sheet.”

On Oyebanjo’s return to the team a month on from his head injury in Kent, Mills said: “He came in and looked strong. He had a couple of his surges forward and he defended well when their striker tried to get half a yard on him.”

Curtis Obeng and Jamal Fyfield, meanwhile, were both dropped from City’s 18-strong squad for Saturday’s game, their absences not due to injury: Said Mills: “They are fine.

“I just made the decision to leave them out and that’s what I am here to do.”

Jason Walker was also preferred to Michael Rankine in attack with the City chief saying: “Jason did well for the reserves last week and has trained really well so that’s why I put him back in the team and he did well up there for us.”

A pleased Mills also praised his team’s fight at Oxford while acknowledging the team still need to add a cutting edge to their game.

He said: “I thought we were excellent and the desire to get a result was fantastic. It was a battle, especially in the middle of the park, but I was delighted with a clean sheet and it’s another point on the table after the disappointing result against Barnet.

“We know we need to do a bit more in the box and the last third to get a goal but we won’t get desperate and go into areas that will cause us problems. We’ve just got to take those chances when they come along and that will happen.”

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12:15pm Mon 25 Feb 13

AndyK says...

Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done.
Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done. AndyK
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12:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

heartbreaker says...

Except for injuries I can't see Fyfield or Obeng in a City shirt again. Oyebanjo is head and shoulders our best defender and Fyfield is a massive liability.

Oyebanjo, O'Connell, Smith (though I'd prefer McGurk but never gonna happen), Parslow (yes, our best option at left back) should be our back 4 for the rest of the reason.

Imagine Doig will be released at the end of the season to unfortunately. Always looked decent but an injury liability
Except for injuries I can't see Fyfield or Obeng in a City shirt again. Oyebanjo is head and shoulders our best defender and Fyfield is a massive liability. Oyebanjo, O'Connell, Smith (though I'd prefer McGurk but never gonna happen), Parslow (yes, our best option at left back) should be our back 4 for the rest of the reason. Imagine Doig will be released at the end of the season to unfortunately. Always looked decent but an injury liability heartbreaker
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12:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

heartbreaker says...

AndyK wrote:
Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done.
Have you been sat here refreshing the page constantly for 2 days as well?
[quote][p][bold]AndyK[/bold] wrote: Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done.[/p][/quote]Have you been sat here refreshing the page constantly for 2 days as well? heartbreaker
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12:30pm Mon 25 Feb 13

PhilTopping says...

AndyK wrote:
Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done.
Fair point, though at least the incredibly annoying adverts are regularly updated and increasingly aggressive.
[quote][p][bold]AndyK[/bold] wrote: Great, almost 48 hours after the game the Press finally put something on the web.!!!!! Well done.[/p][/quote]Fair point, though at least the incredibly annoying adverts are regularly updated and increasingly aggressive. PhilTopping
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1:06pm Mon 25 Feb 13

roobarb85 says...

Totally agree re annoying adverts and all the other stuff that make this site so slow to load/refresh.
Anyway, back to the point - and a good point on Saturday.
Another odd selection in that our most aggressive recent striker didn't get on the pitch, but just the kind of tough performance the situation needed.
List of released players at end of season might rival War and Peace for extent.
Totally agree re annoying adverts and all the other stuff that make this site so slow to load/refresh. Anyway, back to the point - and a good point on Saturday. Another odd selection in that our most aggressive recent striker didn't get on the pitch, but just the kind of tough performance the situation needed. List of released players at end of season might rival War and Peace for extent. roobarb85
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1:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Budgie says...

Hope O'Connell sees the season out with us,fine prospect for Blackburn in the future.
Hope O'Connell sees the season out with us,fine prospect for Blackburn in the future. Budgie
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2:31pm Mon 25 Feb 13

openallhours says...

A very good player who brings quality to the team and it's a no brainer that we hope he can stay longer. If only Gary could find an attacking player with as much talent, I'm sure we would be a lot higher up the league.
A very good player who brings quality to the team and it's a no brainer that we hope he can stay longer. If only Gary could find an attacking player with as much talent, I'm sure we would be a lot higher up the league. openallhours
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3:26pm Mon 25 Feb 13

RooBeck says...

Fingers crossed that GM can do a deal here with Rovers and get Jack on board until the end of the season and for which all parties involved would then benefit. He has developed well during his loan period and looks a very capable central defender.
Fingers crossed that GM can do a deal here with Rovers and get Jack on board until the end of the season and for which all parties involved would then benefit. He has developed well during his loan period and looks a very capable central defender. RooBeck
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