Wil­liams’ penalty howler is cru­cial

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By So­phie Delph

TEDDY Sher­ing­ham re­fused to blame Brett Wil­liams af­ter his late missed penalty saw York City es­cape from Steve­nage with a point.

Ed­die Nolan had given York the lead but two quick-fire goals af­ter the break from Chris Whelp­dale and Char­lie Lee gave Boro the lead.

How­ever, Luke Sum­mer­field’s strike 16 min­utes from time and Scott Flin­ders’ save from Wil­liams’ spot-kick de­nied Sher­ing­ham’s side vic­tory in a thrilling clash.

“It is not the worst penalty I have seen, it’s just one of those things,” said Steve­nage boss Sher­ing­ham. “The goal­keeper picks the right way, it was a good save but it was a penalty that we would have liked to have scored.

“York coun­ter­acted what we wanted to do, credit to them. They put us un­der pres­sure in the first half and af­ter that I was de­lighted to get a point out of it.We went 2-1 up and then had a penalty late on so we would have liked to have won.

“Our game did change the sec­ond half but we put our­selves un­der pres­sure by not be­ing right in the first half.

“I was de­lighted with the goals, they were both set pieces and that is what we work on through­out the week so it was good that we got goals out of that. I think the draw was a fair re­sult, we were not good enough to win.”

York took the lead in the 39th minute when Nolan swept home his first goal for the club with a right-footed shot from the edge of the box.

But Steve­nage came out af­ter half-time with a new lease of life as Whelp­dale and Lee both headed home within the space of three sec­ond­half min­utes to turn the game on its head.

But the sides were level once more as Sum­mer­field struck a sublime curl­ing ef­fort with 16 min­utes re­main­ing.

Steve­nage were then given a penalty af­ter Dipo Akinyemi was brought down by Dave Win­field in the box, but Flin­ders de­nied Wil­liams from 12 yards.

"You want as many qual­ity foot­ballers on that pitch as you pos­si­bly can when you are chas­ing a goal down,” said York boss Russ Wil­cox. "I was pleased with the sub­sti­tutes Rus­sel Penn, Emile Sin­clair and Josh Car­son.

“When you make changes some days they work and some days they don't and I thought to­day the team looked good and strong.

“We looked a lit­tle bit more of a threat when we put three strik­ers up top. We have plenty of per­son­nel, that’s why we changed to 4-3-3 and we also have the per­son­nel to go 4-4-2 as well with Josh Car­son com­ing onto the pitch.

“We still needed a top­class penalty save to gain us that point.”

STAR MAN LUKE SUMM ERFIEL

D York

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