York City used 32 players in their 2014/15 campaign in Sky Bet League Two. DAVE FLETT assesses the Minstermen squad

York Press:

Malvind Benning: Left-back who struggled to stem the flow of crosses from his flank in certain fixtures. Also had a calamitous time at Northampton where he gifted the home side a goal and conceded a penalty. Returned to parent club Walsall after being left out due to restrictions on loan signings.

Appearances: 9. Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Ryan Brunt: Striker who extended a long goal drought to 31 games during a fruitless loan spell from Conference club Bristol Rovers. Missed a late sitter that cost his team the chance of a rare home victory over Portsmouth.

Allowed to return to the south-west early in Russ Wilcox’s reign.

Appearances: 5 (1). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Deon Burton: Displayed the nous and experience garnered from World Cup finals appearances with Jamaica.

Loan spell from Scunthorpe was cruelly curtailed, though, by a knee injury during his second outing.

Showed great spirit at the age of 38 to recover and assist Eastleigh in their Conference promotion push.

Appearances: 2. Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Josh Carson: Probably rushed back ahead of schedule due to growing sense of crisis surrounding poor start to the season.

Only looked like old self fleetingly and campaign was cut short by a late-night incident following arguably his finest performance at Mansfield.

Never satisfyingly replaced at left-wing back during his absence.

Appearances: 18 (5). Goals: 2. Rating: 6/10

Alex Cisak: Exposed a couple of times but fairly reliable in general.

Any outstanding displays are difficult to recall though. Ended season being loaned out again by Burnley to Leyton Orient.

Appearances: 10. Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Michael Coulson: Comfortably the team’s leading provider of assists but faded and looked a little jaded towards the end of the campaign.

Could possibly have weighed in with more goals. Committed to the cause, though, even on his off days.

Appearances: 47. Goals: 4. Rating: 7/10

Shaq Coulthirst: Never quite hit the same heights again after his two-goal blast at Mansfield.

Looked a little lost when positioned at left-wing back by Russ Wilcox. Played his part in survival battle, though, with those Field Mill heroics.

Appearances: 10 (1). Goals: 2. Rating: 6/10

Diego De Girolamo: Very confident and composed loan signing, who provided moments of genuine class following three separate loan spells from Sheffield United.

Never panicked in front of goal.

Blotted his copy book, however, when he turned his back on the club and showed a disregard for Russ Wilcox’s loyalty by jumping ship for Northampton.

Appearances: 9 (3). Goals: 4. Rating: 6/10

Wes Fletcher: Like Carson, another done few favours by being pressed back into action when clearly not fully fit. Provided glimpses of the attacking threat he can be after a long and disappointing mid-season lull.

Looked like he was getting back to his best prior to a season-ending hamstring injury at Wimbledon.

Appearances: 24 (8). Goals: 7. Rating: 6/10

Brad Halliday: Could not fault his endeavour and, compared to De Girolamo, his commitment to the cause for a loan signing.

Began to suffer a little when moved into midfield. But move to right-wing back saw him finish season on a high with late equaliser at Portsmouth.

Appearances: 24 (0). Goals: 1. Rating: 7/10

Ben Hirst: Looked a little raw when handed early first-team chances at the age of 16 by former manager Nigel Worthington. Snatched at a couple of opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet.

Hopefully one for the future though.

Appearances: 0 (5). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Jake Hyde: Neat and tidy but, sometimes, bullied off the ball by opposing centre backs. Also scored his ten goals in batches and went long periods without netting otherwise. Needs to get in the six-yard box more often because he has proven he can sniff out chances close in.

York Press:

Appearances: 34 (8). Goals: 10. Rating: 6/10

Femi Ilesanmi: Initially thrived under Russ Wilcox’s stewardship during the autumn months. Then lost his way and never looked as confident going forward or as combative defensively. Switch to 3-5-2 looked tailor-made for him but overlooked by the manager, who often preferred to play others out of position in the left-wing back role.

Appearances: 33 (3). Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Michael Ingham: Did well for a spell when recalled to the team following OIejnik’s red card at Mansfield. Won the team points during the crucial run-in with his shot-stopping ability.

Questions concerning his command of the six-yard box were raised, though, when team conceded goals from set-pieces in back-to- back matches.

Appearances: 20 (2). Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Ryan Jarvis Never a good idea to get sent off for a reckless challenge during the first match of a new manager’s reign. Shipped out on loan to Aldershot soon afterwards. Had looked a little listless too during an underwhelming second campaign at the club.

Appearances: 6 (3). Goals: 0. Rating: 4/10

Keith Lowe: Looked at one point that he might challenge the team’s misfiring forwards for the leading scorer prize with his six headed goals from corners.

Dependable as ever at the back, meanwhile. Also demonstrated good composure on the ball when playing as the right-sided member of a back three following the change to 3-5-2.

Appearances: 49 (0). Goals: 6. Rating: 8/10

John McCombe: Rarely let the team down with his solid, no-nonsense presence and unlucky to be dropped four times during the course of the season.

Not as big a threat in the opposition’s penalty box as he has been throughout his career.

But reads the game well to compensate for a pace disadvantage when pitted against quicker forwards.

Appearances: 30 (4). Goals: 0. Rating: 7/10

Marvin McCoy: Started season promisingly but seemed to lose belief.

Crossing could be excellent or wayward from one game to the next. Sometimes lacked aggression in his defensive play.

Appearances: 34 (1). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Lindon Meikle: Miserable campaign from the released Mansfield winger.

End product grew more and more frustrating and found his chances very limited by the end of the season.

Poor decision making in matches at Newport and Wimbledon also cost the team a chance of points.

Appearances: 17 (15). Goals: 0. Rating: 4/10

Shaun Miller: Looked threatening during a return to former club Shrewsbury during a sprightly second-half outing.

Very quiet during his other opportunities though.

Lack of football prior to his arrival probably counted against him.

Appearances: 2 (4). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Lewis Montrose: Sauntered through a second season with the club and never imposed himself sufficiently to justify regular selection.

Has not really left City fans with too many moments to remember him by.

His potential to be a capable performer for, whatever reason, remains untapped by the player as he approaches his supposed peak.

Appearances: 12 (5). Goals: 0. Rating: 4/10

Jason Mooney: Jettisoned by former boss Nigel Worthington after a difficult start to a campaign in which he was preferred in goal to Ingham.

Withdrawn at half-time by then manager Nigel Worthington in home match against Cambridge.

Reports and results suggested he performed well during loan spell in Conference at Alfreton though.

Appearances: 4 (1). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Carlton Morris: Able to compete physically despite his age but did not look a goal threat following his loan arrival from Norwich City.

York Press:

Might have fared better at Bootham Crescent had he been trusted with a start.

Would have hoped to have made a bigger impression in North Yorkshire.

Appearances: 0 (8). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Josh O’Hanlon: Used fleetingly after joining club before loan signing window closed in March.

Eager on his substitute outings though and put himself about.

A little unfortunate not to be given greater exposure once team were safe.

Appearances: 0 (3). Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Bobby Olejnik: Brilliant on his debut at Wycombe and almost as good in final fixture at Portsmouth.

Erratic at other times, such as Northampton and Mansfield away when he was sent off after racing off his line needlessly and handling outside of his box. A positive character with a professional mindset.

Appearances: 16 (0). Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Russell Penn: Benefited from the switch to a three-man midfield, culminating in his net-bulging 35-yard strike against Morecambe that secured Football League survival with three games left to play. At his best alongside former Cheltenham team-mate Luke Summerfield. Leads by example as captain and takes the responsibility seriously.

Appearances: 49 (0). Goals: 2. Rating: 8/10

Tom Platt: Another for whom the three- midfielder system suited.

Reminded people of his ability to provide a bridge between that area of the pitch and the front two before being unfortunate to lose his place in that role. Struggled to make an impact in 4-4-2 formation.

Appearances: 8 (14). Goals: 0. Rating: 6/10

Emile Sinclair: Only gave brief indications of how his pace could hurt teams. Would have liked more than two goals from a dozen outings. Will perhaps be fairer to make a better judgement on his ability if his match fitness levels get up to speed.

Appearances: 9 (3). Goals: 2. Rating: 5/10

Anthony Straker: Following a promising first month at the club, his wing skills seemed to desert him. Looked all at sea in a couple of matches.

Spent much of second half of the season on loan at Motherwell with Russ Wilcox seemingly losing trust in him.

Appearances: 9 (5). Goals: 0. Rating: 5/10

Luke Summerfield: Unfairly scapegoated by certain sections of the City support during the difficult start to the campaign.

Turned that around with some whole-hearted and creative performances in the heart of the midfield. Has a good eye for a pass and can hit a ball sweetly.

Appearances: 27 (6). Goals: 4. Rating: 7/10

Dave Winfield: Came back from his loan spell with AFC Wimbledon in February/March looking much fitter than during his handful of outings at the start of the campaign. Played a key role in 3-5-2 formation, reading game well from central position. Also an aerial threat at set-pieces and fierce tackler. Appearances: 10 (1). Goals: 2. Rating: 6/10

Stephane Zubar: Gave City sterling service after November arrival on loan from Bournemouth. Only blemish was a silly red card against Plymouth. Otherwise very determined, strong and difficult to beat in a one-on-one situation.

Appearances: 23 (2). Goals: 2. Rating: 7/10