Sham­bolic York put pres­sure on Wil­cox

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Mar­shall-Bell

UN­DER-PRES­SURE Russ Wil­cox slammed his York side’s per­for­mance in their 3-1 de­feat at the hands of Wim­ble­don, de­scrib­ing it as “sham­bolic”.

York were sec­ond-best against Wim­ble­don through­out, Ade Azeez open­ing the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors in the 15th minute.

Vadaine Oliver equalised on the hour mark but the ex­cel­lent Lyle Tay­lor put Wim­ble­don back ahead and sub Tom El­liott rounded off the win late on.

Wil­cox fumed: “We were sham­bolic and nowhere near good enough and that’s not ac­cept­able when we’re fight­ing for our lives.

“The first half was a non-event. We didn’t make a tackle, we didn’t get close, we didn’t pass the ball well and we didn’t do the ba­sics right.”

Some home fans called for Wil­cox to be sacked, but he re­fuses to re­sign. “That de­ci­sion is out of my hands,” he added.

“I to­tally feel for the fans be­cause we have to en­ter­tain them and we didn’t. I take re­spon­si­bil­ity, I’m not go­ing to hide away. But the play­ers have to take a good look at them­selves.”

The win for Wim­ble­don – on the back of a 4-3 suc­cess at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley in mid­week – moves them up to 12th.

York, how­ever, re­main three points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The open­ing goal came about when Tay­lor rolled a defence-split­ting pass to Azeez, whose stab at goal rolled over goal­keeper Scott Flin­ders.

York al­most lev­elled in the 40th minute, Michael Collins’ curl­ing shot from the edge of the box nar­rowly evad­ing the frame­work.

But the Min­ster­men drew level on the hour, Oliver cap­i­tal­is­ing on Ben Wil­son’s dropped catch with an over­head kick into the roof of the net.

Wim­ble­don, how­ever, led again just min­utes af­ter, Tay­lor out­muscling his way past the York defence and shoot­ing low be­neath Flin­ders for his third goal in two games.

El­liott then met Ge­orge Fran­comb’s cen­tre with a div­ing header min­utes be­fore full­time.

Wim­ble­don boss Neal Ard­ley said: “What they did on Tues­day was un­be­liev­able and then they’ve come here and put in a per­for­mance which was as com­fort­able an away per­for­mance as you’re go­ing to get.

“Even when we did have a set-back that came out of the blue, they they all man­aged to kick on again.There’s a lot of char­ac­ter, a lot of team spirit, a lot of good peo­ple who want to do re­ally well for this club.

“Add that to loads of qual­ity, some re­ally good play­ers and a team from one to 18 play­ing their role per­fectly, we think we’re al­right.”

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