Victory lifts York closer to safety

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

BOSS Russ Wil­cox says York City can­not af­ford to think the job is done af­ter they took a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards safety with a nar­row home win over rock-bot­tom Chel­tenham.

Cen­tre-half Dave Winfield’s sec­ond-half goal sep­a­rated the sides on a tense af­ter­noon at Bootham Cre­sent, leav­ing the Robins three points adrift at the bot­tom.

“I am de­lighted,” said Wil­cox, whose side are now five points clear of the drop zone.“We had a few ner­vous mo­ments to­wards the end, as we do atYork City, but over the 90 min­utes we de­served the win.

“The lads were re­ally brave on the ball and moved it around the pitch well to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties. In fact, it was a mas­sive team ef­fort from every­body at the club, in­clud­ing the fans.

“They knew how im­por­tant this game was. I didn’t want to build it up too much be­fore­hand but the re­ward for both teams if they won was there for every­body to see.

“It was a great header from Dave Winfield to win it for us and our third goal in two matches from a cor­ner, which is great be­cause we know how many games are won and lost at this level from set-plays.

“The de­liv­ery from Luke Sum­mer­field was spot on and Dave has been a colos­sus since com­ing into the team for the last three games when we have taken seven points from a pos­si­ble

nine.We must keep our foot on the gas now though.

“Bris­tol Rovers prob­a­bly thought they were safe last sea­son, and they went down.”

The all-im­por­tant goal ar­rived in the 73rd minute when Winfield lost his marker and pow­ered in a header from close range from Sum­mer­field’s pin­point cor­ner.

The first half was an largely un­event­ful af­fair, with the sec­ond pe­riod far more lively and Michael Coul­son’s free-kick hit the out­side of the right post in the 50th minute with Trevor Car­son at full stretch.

Derby loan young­ster Shaquille McDon­ald fired over for Chel­tenham af­ter Michael Ing­ham failed to deal with a cor­ner from Matt Richards in the 64th minute.

But York then seized con­trol and half-time sub­sti­tute Stephane Zubar had the ball in the net in the 69th minute only to see it chalked out for off­side.

Winfield’s bul­let put York in front and Chel­tenham did fin­ish strongly, but they could not muster a lev­eller.

Car­son saved low from Shaq Coulthirst to deny York a sec­ond be­fore Chel­tenham sub­sti­tute Mathieu Manset headed over from Richards’ free-kick and Danny Haynes fired into the side-netting late on.

Gary John­son re­mained adamant that Chel­tenham can still claw their way out of trou­ble, de­spite his reign start­ing with de­feat.

“But for a 20-minute spell in the sec­ond half, the ef­fort was there,” John­son said.

“The lads are gut­ted in there. I’ve tried to pick them up and I don’t want any­one think­ing we are out of it. Of course we aren’t.

“We have six games left yet and I thought the ef­fort was there.We need more qual­ity to win games, that last ball to­wards the goal. Hope­fully that will come.

“They were all try­ing to win the game. We need to get that win­ning en­vi­ron­ment, but the lads did com­pete.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for the fans, but hope­fully they still have hope be­cause we were one goal away from think­ing it was a pretty de­cent per­for­mance.

“We did well enough for me to see some­thing for the next six games.

“There has to be more qual­ity and clever play, with peo­ple bend­ing it in the top cor­ner and cen­tre for­wards div­ing in for a header.

“Their big threat comes from set­plays and we did well for most of them, but then we switched off and the ball was on the but­ton.”

CHEST GREAT: Jake Hyde grabs team-mate Dave Winfield in cel­e­bra­tion of the de­fender’s goal

PIC­TURES: Gor­don Clay­ton

I’M A WIN-NER! Dave Winfield heads the MIn­ster­men’s goal

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