York boss asks fans for time to shine
YORK’S fans were baying for blood after seeing the Minstermen throw away a two-goal lead to draw at home to Cambridge, but boss Russ Wilcox urged them to show patience.
Michael Coulson and John McCombe marked their first starts of the season to give the hosts a two-goal lead but goals from Mark Roberts and Barry Corr ensured a share of the spoils.
And Wilcox – who admitted his side needed to be more resolute – wants to be judged on his full-strength team, with Coulson one of several key players on the comeback trail.
“The fans have got to be patient,” he said. “Support your team. The negativity at the end doesn’t help anybody. All of a sudden we got edgy on the pitch and that can be the reason why.
“We’ve got key players out and having watched the game, the fans will have probably realised how much we’ve been missing the quality of Michael Coulson.
“We have depth in the squad but those key players are so important at this level.
“You’ve got to be patient, and hopefully I’ll be judged on my full team.”
There were few chances of note before the break, but the game burst into life when Marvin McCoy’s cross sat up for Coulson to hammer in on 50 minutes.
And McCombe doubled the lead just four minutes later, charging
forward after Rhys Turner’s intelligent hold up play to plant a low shot into the bottom corner.
After a series of Luke Berry corners caused the York defence problems though, U’s skipper Roberts pulled one back from close-range on 71 minutes.
Scott Flinders then saved one-handed from Liam Hughes on 77 minutes, and again from Roberts on 81 minutes, but he was helpless to stop Corr from tapping in the rebound of the latter to equalise.
And Richard Money believes the comeback taught him a lot about his players, saying: “I think in the face of adversity you find out more than when it’s going swimmingly well and we certainly found out about our group in the last 30 minutes.
“Of course, the questions will be asked about why it took until then, and I’ll accept that criticism, but we come away with some positives. I think we found out a lot about ourselves.
“Our play wasn’t very good, no doubt about that, and we paid the price after half-time – we gave two bad goals away – but we showed great spirit to come back and great quality.
“We were under the pump, up against it, but they’ve not only pulled it back to 2-2 but probably could have gone and won it.”