Fletcher helps City out of the drop zone

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Graeme An­der­son

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

ER York

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