Day’s spot kick save spurs on the Ex­iles

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

NEW­PORT’S play-off hopes are all but over, de­spite end­ing a run of four straight de­feats.

Manager Jimmy Dack, though, was keen to take home only pos­i­tives from Bootham Cres­cent.

David Tu­tonda and Lee Min­shull scored for the Ex­iles and Joe Day saved Jake Hyde’s penalty, but Ply­mouth’s win means New­port need an un­likely goal dif­fer­ence swing to make the play-offs.

Dack in­sists his team have been punch­ing above their weight, how­ever, and was un­able to pick faults in a good, all­round team per­for­mance.

“We’ve never been in­volved in a pro­mo­tion bid at this level,” he said.“There’s a lot of pres­sure in th­ese games and the play­ers will be bet­ter for it next year. It will be a good test for next sea­son.

“I thought we were out­stand­ing from start to fin­ish. Our game plan was spot on, we passed the ball and I thought we were wor­thy win­ners.

“As a club, we have mas­sively over-achieved.

“When you look at other clubs, com­pared to us, we don’t even own our own ground or a train­ing fa­cil­ity.”

Miles Storey should have given New­port the lead on 18 min­utes but some­how blazed over when un­marked af­ter Ryan Jack­son’s ac­cu­rate cross picked him out.

They fi­nally took the lead on 49 min­utes, with Yan Klukowski get­ting to the by­line to pull back for the un­marked Tu­tonda to smash home.

York re­sponded well, though, and Michael Coul­son should have scored on 53 min­utes.

Shaq Coulthirst beat Day to a long ball and crossed first-time, but Coul­son fired over when at full stretch.

Day then saved from Coulthirst’s low crossshot, be­fore pro­duc­ing a fin­ger­tip save to deny John Lowe’s header mo­ments later.

Hyde had a great chance to level on the hour when Lowe was fouled in the area from a cor­ner, but Day dived to his left to turn the penalty wide.

And Min­shull made Hyde pay, round­ing off victory with a bul­let header from Mark Byrne’s free­kick on 75 min­utes.

York boss Russ Wil­cox was left with mixed feel­ings.

He said: “If we look at the small pic­ture, then this game was a dis­ap­point­ment, but, if we look at the big­ger pic­ture, we could be sat in Chel­tenham’s or Tran­mere’s dress­ing rooms now.

“Our per­for­mance wasn’t good enough on this oc­ca­sion and there were piv­otal mo­ments when Michael Coul­son missed his chance and Jake Hyde had the penalty saved.

“They were the bet­ter team and I thought their two wing-backs caused us prob­lems, so I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t fin­ish the sea­son on a high.”



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