York show their grit to thwart Gre­cians

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

YORK City boss Russ Wil­cox ad­mit­ted his side had to dig deep to post their sec­ond clean sheet in four days.

The Min­ster­men with­stood a sec­ond-half bom­bard­ment to deny Paul Tisdale’s Ex­eter their fourth win of the sea­son.

And Wil­cox heaped praise on his play­ers ahead of Tues­day’s Cap­i­tal One Cup trip to Swansea City.

“It is a fan­tas­tic point be­cause Ex­eter were bet­ter than us on the day,” he said.

“We had eight hours on the road the day be­fore, played five games in 22 days and we were dead on our feet.

“But we showed great char­ac­ter and we were res­o­lute to the end.We would have prob­a­bly have lost that game last sea­son.

“This is a pos­i­tive point be­cause we have had two clean sheets in a week and four points on the board.

“Yes, we can do bet­ter but to come away and get a clean sheet at Ex­eter is fan­tas­tic.

“Tues­day’s game is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult and I might have to freshen things up be­cause the big­ger pic­ture for us is the league.”

Both sides showed in­dus­try but gave the ball away cheaply and lacked an at­tack­ing spark in the first half.

York wasted the best chance early on af­ter Marvin McCoy crossed for Jake Hyde and his header brought a good save out of Bobby Ole­jnik.

Scott Flin­ders, in the other goal, was a vir­tual by-stander and his only in­volve­ment saw him col­lect Ryan Har­ley’s long-range free-kick.

Ex­eter piled on the pres­sure af­ter the break and Manny Okeleke, their driv­ing force in mid­field, hit a screamer a frac­tion over the cross­bar.

Tom Ni­chols teed up Har­ley but he fluffed his lines by ri­fling a shot past the post.

Har­ley’s 20-yard free­kick also whis­tled inches past the post and Lee Holmes blasted wide as Ex­eter were thwarted.

Hopes of a late Gre­cians win­ner were dashed af­ter Jor­dan Till­son headed Har­ley’s cor­ner wide.

But Ex­eter boss Paul Tisdale was pleased with the per­for­mance af­ter a first clean sheet since the start of April.

He said: “It was as good a per­for­mance as we have put in at home for a long time.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the way we played. At the same time I am frus­trated that we didn’t get the goal that I thought we de­served.

“In terms of us play­ing our game and play­ing our way, we weren’t quite pol­ished, we got into the right ar­eas, but we didn’t make it pay.

“It could have gone our way but it’s a point gained. I am not say­ing we are per­fect yet but we are on the right track.”

STAR MAN MANNY OYELEK

E Ex­eter

City

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