Loan star Hal­l­i­day can lift us says Russ

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Birch

ANOTHER home game goes past with­out a win for York, but boss Russ Wil­cox be­lieves he could have found the man to change all that in debu­tant Bradley Hal­l­i­day.

Wil­cox in­sists it is not all doom and gloom at Bootham Cres­cent after watch­ing Hal­l­i­day, who ar­rived from Mid­dles­brough last month, strut his stuff.

“It was down to poor de­fend­ing – that’s what cost us the game,” he said.

“This was a free­bie for Wim­ble­don and what they did is what we call man­ag­ing the game. It made me frus­trated and an­noyed.

“We have to do the ba­sics bet­ter. There could have been mo­ments when we could have scored three or four goals.

“On the pos­i­tive, the de­but of Bradley Hal­l­i­day was ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing. What a ter­rific league de­but he had and I will be feed­ing that to Mid­dles­brough and, hope­fully, we can ex­tend his loan.”

After Jake Good­man had put AFC Wim­ble­don in front, Diego De Giro­lamo got York on level terms as they went in search of a first home win of the sea­son.

But two quick­fire vis­it­ing goals from Sean Rigg and Matt Tubbs made it another dire day in from of their home fans for the Min­ster­men – even with Stephane Zubar grab­bing one 15 min­utes from time.

The Dons were the more con­fi­dent side in the open­ing ex­changes and they were re­warded were when a Good­man header put them in front.

That awoke York and a shot from Wes Fletcher was par­ried by James Shea, be­fore a fan­tas­tic piece of de­fend­ing from Dons cap­tain Barry Fuller stopped Jake Hyde from slid­ing the ball into the net.

Morale was re­stored at the start of the sec­ond half when York equalised, thanks to a won­der­ful curl­ing ef­fort from De Giro­lamo.

But Wim­ble­don once again took full con­trol, George Fran­combe set­ting up winger Rigg who ex­pertly timed his run into the box be­fore scor­ing from close range.

Things went from bad to worse for York when a cross from Fran­combe once again found Tubbs, who rose above Alex Cisak to head home.

A fine run by Hal­l­i­day set up Zubar, another loa­nee, to slide in his first goal for the club, but that was as good as it got for the home fans.

AFC boss Neal Ard­ley said:“I knew York would be stronger than when we played them in the Cup be­cause they’ve signed play­ers on loan.

“The re­silience we showed at the end when they threw ev­ery­one for­ward was fan­tas­tic.

“We had an at­tack­ing threat right through the game and looked like we would get in be­hind them.”

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