Penn vows to keep Min­ster­men in the hunt

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

YORK skip­per Rus­sell Penn ex­pects the race for the play-offs to go down to the wire af­ter City clinched three pre­cious points at ri­vals Ox­ford.

They may not be pro­lific up front but the Min­ster­men have hit form when it mat­ters and are now 14 matches un­beaten with Michael Coul­son scor­ing the game’s only goal from the penalty spot to en­sure York leapfrogged Ox­ford and into sev­enth.

Nigel Worthington’s men, who have con­ceded just three goals and none from open play in that run, won’t care about the scrappy na­ture of the vic­tory as they now have their fate in their own hands.

Penn said: “We’re go­ing to get a good crowd on Mon­day and Bury is an­other tough game be­cause they’ve just hit form.

“But they won’t want to come to our patch and we’ve just got to make it a fortress.

“We’d like to wrap things up as quickly as we can but I can’t see it be­ing that way and we’ve got to try and do as well as we can over the next three games and see where it takes us.

“We’ve done our bit and we couldn’t have done any more – we’ve kept it go­ing.”

Ox­ford had the game’s first chance af­ter five min­utes as Dave Kit­son’s ris­ing ef­fort was tipped over by Nick Pope.

The U’s had be­gun brightly and may have gone ahead had Ryan Wil­liams not dithered af­ter re­ceiv­ing Nicky Wroe’s lay-off and al­low­ing Adam Reed to dis­pos­sess him.

Hav­ing barely threat­ened pre­vi­ously, York took the lead two min­utes af­ter the restart af­ter Kit­son was judged to have han­dled in his area.

Coul­son stepped up to con­fi­dently dis­patch his penalty to send the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers into rap­tures. Chances con­tin­ued to be scarce al­though Calvin Andrew came close to doubling the vis­i­tors’ lead when his long-range strike was clawed away by Ryan Clarke.

Ox­ford pressed for an equaliser and Michael Raynes blew a chance late on when he scooped the ball over from 12 yards.

Ox­ford travel to league lead­ers Scun­thorpe on Mon­day and their man­ager Gary Wad­dock knows they can’t go there feel­ing sorry for them­selves.

He said: “We’ve just got to be right and if we per­form we have a great chance.

“It’s no good wor­ry­ing about the op­po­si­tion.

“Our at­ti­tude has to be right go­ing into that game and we can’t dwell on the past.

“The de­feat was the most dis­ap­point­ing thing and ob­vi­ously the man­ner of it with the penalty was very dif­fi­cult to take.”

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STAR MAN JOHN McCOM

BE York

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