Satka slip can’t spoil great day for Jackie

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

BOOTHAM Cres­cent must be­come a fortress, ac­cord­ing to York boss Jackie McNa­mara, af­ter the hosts climbed off the bot­tom of the ta­ble with vic­tory against Notts County.

Michael Coul­son and Bradley Few­ster struck in the first half, and the Min­ster­men stood firm de­spite a se­cond-half own goal from debu­tant Lubo Satka.

And McNa­mara was pleased with the de­fen­sive re­solve his team showed in a game in which the vis­i­tors en­joyed much more at­tack­ing pos­ses­sion.

“I was pleased with the way we han­dled pres­sure, es­pe­cially the amount of cor­ners,” he said.“Get­ting the first goal changed the mo­men­tum and we grew in con­fi­dence.

“We’ve spo­ken be­fore about how cru­cial home form is.We need to make this place a fortress. It’s mas­sive for us to keep win­ning our home games.

“The first 20 min­utes, they were dom­i­nant.We had to with­stand a num­ber of cor­ners but I thought we dealt with it well.

“We then scored a fan­tas­tic goal – it was a great fin­ish by Coul­son and we grew in con­fi­dence. The se­cond was an­other fan­tas­tic goal, af­ter a great pass­ing move.”

Notts County took the game to York early on, and Jon Stead clipped the bar on 17 min­utes af­ter a string of cor­ners be­fore Rus­sell Penn cleared off the line from Izale McLeod’s fol­low-up. But, against the run of play, Kyle Cameron’s long ball caught Roy Car­roll in two minds on 24 min­utes and Coul­son raced through to lob the ‘keeper and gift York the lead.

Buoyed by the goal, York grew into the game and de­servedly dou­bled their ad­van­tage on 39 min­utes when Few­ster tapped in Kenny McEvoy’s cross to cap a clever pass­ing move.

The vis­i­tors im­proved af­ter the break, and Satka’s own goal gave the Mag­pies hope on 63 min­utes when he headed a deep cross into his own net.

Liam Noble’s loop­ing shot de­flected just wide on 80 min­utes but County could not find an equaliser and boss Jamie Fullar­ton in­sisted his team de­served more from the game.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose any game, but on re­flec­tion of the per­for­mance, the chances we’ve cre­ated and our at­tack­ing pos­ses­sion, it’s even more so,” Fullar­ton said.

“It’s the old adage that goals change dy­nam­ics, but I didn’t think the con­trol of the play was al­tered by the goals.

“I don’t think there was any point where I didn’t feel we were in con­trol of the game, even when we went two down I still felt we were con­trol­ling the game and an op­por­tu­nity would come.

“We just un­for­tu­nately lacked that lit­tle bit in the fi­nal third to get any­thing.”

STAR MAN FEMI ILESAN

MI York

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