YORK City striker Craig Farrell is hoping his impressive showing at Stevenage on Sunday will lead to further chances in his favourite position.

The former Carlisle and Exeter forward Farrell has found his chances as an out-and-out attacker limited since ex-manager Billy McEwan experimented with him in a wide-right role at the start of last season.

Over the past year, Farrell has flitted between spells on the flank, down the middle and in the dugout, making 13 appearances from the bench in that time. But a goal – his 26th in City colours – coupled with two assists at Broadhall Way presented a strong case for Farrell to start a second successive game for the first time since August.

The Middlesbrough-born 25-year-old would also relish the opportunity to score his first goal at KitKat Crescent since January 5 should he be employed as a centre forward against Cambridge on Saturday.

Farrell said: “I know I’ve taken a bit of stick from fans and I understand their frustrations in a sense as I’ve not produced my best form this season, but that might be down to not playing in my best position because we’ve been playing threes and fives in midfield.

“I’m not making excuses and I would play left-back if the choice was between playing there to get in the team and sitting on the bench or watching from the stands. I also appreciate the manager picks the team and I respect his decisions and his need to play different formations, but I’m a striker at the end of the day and that’s where I’d prefer to play.”

Farrell also feels his striking partnership with Onome Sodje could prove fruitful although, because of the latter’s hamstring injury, City supporters might need to wait before the pair line up together again after shining at Stevenage.

Surprisingly, Farrell and Sodje have only started seven league games together since the Nigerian striker was brought to the club last summer.

In fact, Sunday’s match was only the second time both have made the first XI this season although Farrell believes they are capable of forming an understanding comparable to the one that saw Clayton Donaldson plunder 26 goals in the season before his departure for Hibernian.

Farrell said: “The only run me and Sodje have had together was when the manager first took over.

“He’s a little bit in the mould of Clayton. He’s quick and that helps me a bit as I like to drop off and play people through but Richard Brodie and Daniel McBreen are very good players as well.

“We are fortunate to have four half-decent strikers. We would probably all hold our hands up and say we could have done better this season but we’ve got to put it all together now.”

Farrell and Sodje’s efforts helped City recover from conceding two early goals at Stevenage to lead 3-2 before finishing up with a point in a topsy-turvy encounter at Broadhall Way.

But Farrell added that the team are treating the draw as a point gained rather than two lost.

He said: “We started very sloppily and, at 2-0 down, you start thinking about damage limitation and finding a way back into the game.

“When we came back to make it 3-2, I thought we would win but we’d have settled for a point after the start we made at a team who had won their last four games.”