Shot-shy York still with­out any goals

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

WITH goals in short sup­ply for North-East ri­vals York and Hartle­pool, per­haps it was no sur­prise that nei­ther side could score.

For Pools it was a first point and clean sheet of the sea­son, for the Min­ster­men it’s a third suc­ces­sive game with­out a goal.

Both teams had open­ings to win it, both showed a lack of cut­ting edge, and both had ef­forts cleared off the line.

“We’ve con­ceded six in two games, if you con­cede you will lose – so I bought Danny Parslow in to sit in front of the back four and tighten up,’’ said Min­ster­men boss Nigel Wor­thing­ton.

“This was a bat­tle, no-one gave much away – it was very com­pet­i­tive and our workrate and com­mit­ment was good.

“We need more com­po­sure in fi­nal third – bet­ter passes, or op­tions when we are in good po­si­tions.

“This was scrappy but you won’t get silky football in League Two ev­ery week.’’

Pools had an early penalty ap­peal re­jected when Steve Howard was felled, but the of­fence was on the verge of the area.

The Min­ster­men’s best chance came when a long free-kick from deep sailed over the heads of ev­ery­one on the edge of the Pools’ penalty box.

Goal­keeper Scott Flin­ders had gone walk­a­bout and he was thank­ful Neil Austin was quick enough to cover and knock the ball off the line.

James Poole fired across goal and wide, but the clear­est open­ing came on 66 min­utes.

Pools broke from deep quickly and Jack Comp­ton was in space on the left hand side.

De­spite tak­ing a touch to com­pose him­self, he blasted into the 1,747 trav­el­ling fans be­hind the goal.

It was the vis­i­tors more likely to find a win­ner, but they were twice de­nied.

Dar­ren Holden’s ball to­wards the far post was headed away from dan­ger, be­fore Andy Monkhouse’s header across goal was hacked away by the im­pres­sive Chris Smith.

“Away from home you have to do what is asked and they ticked ev­ery box – I was pleased with that as­pect,” said Pool man­ager Colin Cooper.

“And in and out of pos­ses­sion we showed signs of what I want.

“Was there only one team look­ing threat­en­ing and likely to win the game? I think so, but credit to York for de­fend­ing their area well.

“On the whole to get a point – our first on the board – and come away with a clean sheet is a pos­i­tive.

“I thought we had a penalty shout early on, then later as well when James Poole was tripped in the area.’’

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