Wil­cox is look­ing for more up front

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Potts

YORK City manager Russ Wil­cox be­moaned his side’s lack of a killer touch af­ter a stale­mate with Ex­eter City at Bootham Cres­cent.

Stephane Zubar’s last­ditch block on the line proved cru­cial to the hosts, who had most of the pos­ses­sion but failed to con­vert any chances.

But while York had the chances, Ex­eter’s hard­work­ing de­fence did enough to keep the home side at bay.

Wil­cox said:“We should have won be­cause it was one-way traf­fic in the sec­ond half.

“I can’t fault the lads for their at­ti­tude, ap­pli­ca­tion, work ethic and de­sire, but we just needed a bit more qual­ity, which can be dif­fi­cult on our pitch.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t win be­cause even though we didn’t cre­ate enough golden op­por­tu­ni­ties, we had a lot of pos­ses­sion and put plenty of balls into their box.”

Af­ter a sub­dued start to the game, Ex­eter came clos­est to open­ing the scor­ing.York goal­keeper Bobby Ole­jnik de­nied Liam Ser­combe’s sting­ing shot, be­fore pro­duc­ing an­other ex­cel­lent save to keep out the re­bound from Clin­ton Mor­ri­son.

Alex Ni­cholls drilled an­other re­bound shot at goal, only to be stopped by Zubar on the line.

York’s Josh Car­son teed up Sh­effield United loa­nee Diego De Giro­lamo on the edge of the box, but his shot flashed past the post on the 20 minute mark. The Ital­ian also threaded Wes Fletcher through on goal for the Min­ster­men but to no avail.

As the half drew to a close, Ex­eter mid­fielder Ser­combe pounced on a poor goal kick from Ole­jnik, but his op­ti­mistic drive sailed high.

York cap­tain Rus­sell Penn flashed a shot wide af­ter the restart, be­fore Bradley Hal­l­i­day tested James Ha­mon.

But Ex­eter stood firm, with an­other close ef­fort from Ser­combe prov­ing they were still in it.

Paul Tis­dale praised his side’s dis­ci­pline af­ter claim­ing an­other point which sees the Gre­cians re­main com­fort­able in mid-ta­ble.

He said:“We had to be steely and tight with our per­for­mance and I think we were. I’m very pleased we had a good per­for­mance. We kept a clean sheet, got a point and pleased that we put in a com­pe­tent per­for­mance.

“It was a very dif­fi­cult pitch. It was dry and en­ergy-sap­ping and a dif­fi­cult game to play.

“The play­ers did well. Noth­ing sparkling, but they’ve came out with real credit. One of those chances might’ve gone in and I wish we’d won, but I’m pretty happy with how we’ve played.”

The hosts piled the pres­sure on in the fi­nal few min­utes but de­spite a fran­tic fi­nale couldn’t get the ball over the line.



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