Shambolic York put pressure on Wilcox
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.”