York boss asks fans for time to shine

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

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.”

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