Satka slip can’t spoil great day for Jackie
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