Fletcher helps City out of the drop zone
YORK manager Russ Wilcox was quick to pay tribute to striker Wes Fletcher as his two strikes bounced York City out of the League Two relegation places and above Tranmere Rovers.
The Minstermen’s first league win of 2015 could hardly have been better timed after a poor run of form which saw them booed off the pitch on their last appearance at Bootham Crescent.
And Fletcher, who scored in either half, was the key man for Wilcox – who also saluted the York fans for their support after the game.
“The fans deserved that result and they played a huge part in it being achieved because they got behind the lads so well,” he said.
“It has been nervy at home, so it was great to put on a really good performance and then see out the game the way we did.
“We were very professional in the way we saw the game through.
“I thought Wes was the catalyst. Any striker needs confidence and I think getting an early goal is great for a striker.
“It wasn't just about Wes though, it was great performance form everyone with Russ Penn and Bradley Halliday doing a great job in protecting the back four, which gave the front four licence to get forward.
“It was all about getting the three points but I was even more pleased that we got the win with style.”
York took time to settle into the game but took the lead on 20 minutes when Bradley Halliday’s low shot from the right was turned in by Fletcher.
They might have doubled their lead shortly after but Emile Sinclair’s shot on the turn curled wide.
Tranmere tried to pressure York before the break but had only a blocked shot from Max Power to show for it.
The second half was an attritional affair, illuminated by a fine individual goal from Fletcher. He gambled on a long ball before cutting across the 18-yard box and driving a shot into the far corner of Owain Fon Williams’ goal.
The mood of rival boss Micky Adams could hardly have been more of a contrast to Wilcox’s. “We can’t gloss over that,” he said.“That was as bad as we have played.
“York had a bit of a fire in their bellies after losing at home the previous week but that shouldn’t have surprised – for some reason though, we just never got going.
“It was more disappointing because we went with a very attacking formation but barely tested their keeper.
“I expected more of my attacking players.
“In attack, midfield and defence we needed to be better – only my goalkeeper could really hold his head up at the final whistle.”
STAR MAN WES FLETCH