Tooth­less York are wor­ry­ing for Wil­cox

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower

YORK CITY manager Russ Wil­cox got ex­actly what he ex­pected when his side met fel­low strug­gles Carlisle United – a ‘des­per­ate’ 90 min­utes of foot­ball.

In a game low on qual­ity and full of ten­sion, the two sides played out a stale­mate and each moved a point fur­ther clear of the League Two drop zone.

And the Bootham Cres­cent pitch be­came a talk­ing point for both man­agers af­ter the game, with Wil­cox ad­mit­ting that his team can’t play how he wants them to at home – with the Min­ster­men hav­ing won just two matches there all sea­son foll­wing this re­sult.

“It panned out how I thought it would, with two teams down the bot­tom of the league who are scrap­ping for their lives,” Wil­cox said.

“We were ner­vous on a dif­fi­cult pitch to say the least.

“I want my team to play foot­ball but we sim­ply can’t at home, we have to be so much more di­rect.

“It was never go­ing to be a ter­rific foot­ball game be­tween two sides who are des­per­ate for points.

“If I’m be­ing hon­est, it was a des­per­ate game. I felt there was a key foul on Shaq Coulthirst that should have been a red card, rules are rules.”

The game pro­vided very lit­tle in the way of clear-cut chances through­out be­tween two evenly-matched sides, and the fact it took half an hour for the first shot on tar­get sug­gested just how tense the game was.

That was a huge chance for Carlisle though – a clever Ja­son Kennedy free­kick found its way to Char­lie Wyke at the back post, but he could only head straight at Bobby Ole­jnik.

York im­proved slightly af­ter the break as debu­tant Coulthirst, signed on loan from Tot­ten­ham dur­ing the week, and Emile Sin­clair both had chances cleared off the line.

But Carlisle scram­bled su­perbly to keep the game score­less, be­fore more late pres­sure ul­ti­mately proved fruit­less for the Min­ster­men too.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle was equally as un­com­pli­men­tary about the York pitch af­ter the game, but de­clared him­self con­tent with a pre­cious point on the road.

“I’m happy with a point; it’s one more than we had at the start of the day,” said Curle.

“It’s pleas­ing to see the play­ers be­lieve they can keep a clean sheet away from home.

“We told the play­ers they wouldn’t have time to set­tle and take a touch too of­ten on this pitch, and it proved so.

“It was bob­bling around on the pitch all af­ter­noon, although I don’t think it suits them ei­ther.

“It could cause them a prob­lem in the re­main­ing fix­tures they’ve got.

“I wanted us to walk away from the game with a point min­i­mum, and I thought we were good value for it.”

STAR MAN KYLE DEMPS

EY Carlisle

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