Over­due goal glut has Wil­cox smil­ing

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

AF­TER end­ing a run of three games with­out a win,York boss Russ Wil­cox was de­lighted to see his strik­ers make a timely re­turn to form at Rod­ney Pa­rade.

The Min­ster­men had scored only three league goals all sea­son be­fore ar­riv­ing at New­port County, but strikes from James Ber­rett, Reece Thompson and Vadaine Oliver did the dam­age.

And Wil­cox was thrilled at the ruth­less na­ture of his team’s per­for­mance.

“I am very pleased, it was a very pro­fes­sional per­for­mance away from home,” he said.

“It’s al­ways nice to score, we’ve taken some stick for not get­ting goals, so for our strik­ers to both score and the at­tack­ing midfielder, it’s very pleas­ing for us.

“We’ve pun­ished them for a mis­take with the first, which was the key goal and gone on from there.

“New­port haven’t won yet, they will win and we didn’t want to be that first scalp. So this was a pleas­ing per­for­mance, to get the two goals and kill it off.”

New­port boss Terry Butcher, who this week­end cel­e­brates the 26th an­niver­sary of his iconic blood­ied Eng­land shirt, ad­mit­ted he was an­gry at the man­ner of de­feat.

“I didn’t see it com­ing, there was noth­ing be­tween the sides in the first half, but we make a mis­take, they score and then we were pun­ished,” he said.“The sec­ond goal was soft, he was un­marked, slack­ness costs us and at 3-0 we are well beaten with Danny Holmes’ send­ing off com­pound­ing it.

“York were big and strong and when they got 3-0 ahead they were never let­ting us off the hook.

“We showed a lot of spirit, but we need much more qual­ity.”

The Ex­iles were the ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall in what was a dis­mally dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance, New­port gift­ing the visi­tors their open­ing two goals and fail­ing to muster a sin­gle shot on tar­get un­til the 89th minute.

By then the dam­age had been done, with New­port also down to ten men af­ter Danny Holmes’ need­less red for a sec­ond yel­low.

County paid the price for an un­fa­mil­iar de­fence, new sign­ing Matt Par­tridge re­plac­ing Manch­ester United-bound Re­gan Poole, but it was part­ner Aaron Hay­den who gifted York the lead.

The on-loan Wolves de­fender pro­duced a dread­ful pass across his own goal, in­ter­cepted by Ber­rett who calmly waltzed through and slot­ted home.

New­port then waved the white flag. Ex-Ex­ile David Tu­tonda won a free­kick that was floated into the area, where Thompson flicked his header past Joe Day.

And County’s ca­pit­u­la­tion was com­plete when Ber­rett’s shot was par­ried by Day to Oliver, who couldn’t miss.

STAR MAN JAMES BERRET

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