DAVIES’ FINE YORK SHOW

YORK CITY ........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

FLEET­WOOD Town boss Gra­ham Alexan­der ad­mit­ted his team were weary against York City as the Cod Army drew for the third time in four matches since he took over as man­ager.

York, look­ing to bounce back from a 3-0 Box­ing Day de­feat to Ch­ester­field, cre­ated the bet­ter chances and but for keeper Scott Davies could have taken all three points.

A string of first-half saves from Davies, on his 100th Fleet­wood ap­pear­ance, kept the vis­i­tors at bay, leav­ing Alexan­der to rue a be­low­par home per­for­mance.

“We lacked ag­gres­sion and en­ergy to be hon­est,” he said. “It doesn’t mat­ter what tac­tics or for­ma­tion you play, if you lack that then you’re go­ing to be lack­ing in the game and I thought we were lack­ing in the first half.

“I would have called it points dropped be­fore the game, but look­ing at it I don’t think we dropped two points.

“I don’t think we played well enough to win, I thought York were the su­pe­rior team.

“I’m not go­ing to lie to you and say I thought we should have had three points be­cause I don’t think we did.

“You have to have shots on tar­get and you have to have pres­sure around their goal to win a game and we didn’t have that.”

The re­sult at High­bury Sta­dium means Fleet­wood are still to con­cede a home goal since Alexan­der re­placed the pop­u­lar Micky Mel­lon at the helm.

Davies was called into ac­tion for a dou­ble save on 12 min­utes, first palm­ing away Alex Rod­man’s ris­ing drive and then sav­ing one-handed from Ja­son Walker’s swerv­ing strike.

Five min­utes later he saved at Matty Blair’s feet and then pro­duced a fin­ger-tip stop low to his left to deny Michael Potts af­ter left-back Dean How­ell was caught in pos­ses­sion.

At the other end David Ball headed over a Jamie McGuire cross.

Four min­utes af­ter the break Ja­son Walker lashed wide af­ter be­ing clev­erly set up by Blair for the dan­ger­ous vis­i­tors.

Blair, a con­stant threat, also pro­vided a chance for Pa­trick McLaugh­lin late on but he was also off tar­get and fired wide.

For the hosts Ju­nior Brown dragged a free kick wide and Michael Ing­ham - rarely called into ac­tion - turned aside a shot from home sub­sti­tute Steven Gille­spie.

The same player had had an­other chance with a late header but he failed to trou­ble Ing­ham.

De­spite the host of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, City boss Gary Mills felt his side had earned a cru­cial away point.

And the former Notts County boss sin­gled out cen­tre-half David McGurk, who was mak­ing his re­turn from in­jury, for par­tic­u­lar praise.

“The play­ers were ex­cel­lent,” he said.

“We didn’t take our chances but we’ve come here and got our­selves a clean sheet which I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted about.

“If you don’t win – which we should have done – then you mustn’t lose and so it’s a big point.

“I am not go­ing to knock my play­ers.

“I thought we were ex­cel­lent and I’m proud of the per­for­mance they’ve put in af­ter a de­feat in mid­week which I didn’t think we de­served. “I’m pleased for David McGurk. “It’s not easy re­turn­ing but he’s come back in and done ex­tremely well. It’s all credit to him that he’s put that per­for­mance

in.”

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