After City’s winning run was ended at three by Wycombe on Saturday, Paul Tisdale must pick up his troops for a long trip to face a side scrapping for its life at the foot of the table in a match rescheduled due to City’s cup exploits. Tisdale will have been pleased to see David Wheeler get a good run at Wycombe, while Ryan Harley’s late cameo is another boost. David Noble missed the defeat but will hopefully be in contention for a place in the line up for York. Ollie Watkins’ display will have given Tisdale some food for thought as he considers his attacking options, while another selection headache could be in defence with Jordan Moore-Taylor likely to be in consideration for a start which would mean Christian Ribeiro moving back to the right, which in turn would be harsh on Tom McCready who has performed well in the role.
It’s fair to say that only the most positive of York fans will have gone into the season confident of a strong season – their amazing run to the playoffs in 13/14 seemed a long way off with off-field troubles surrounding their proposed move to a new stadium perhaps impacting on life on the pitch. Russ Wilcox paid with his job to be replaced by Scotsman Jackie McNamara, late of Dundee United, and it’s apparent that after a couple of months where the Minstermen couldn’t buy a result they seem to be gradually whirring into life with successive home wins including a 2-1 victory over Notts County on Saturday.
McNamara’s side is still, however, in the relegation zone but would move above Yeovil with a win on Tuesday. The side seems to chiefly comprise loan signings at present, with no fewer than nine loanees on the books. It was one of these loanees, Bradley Fewster, who scored the decisive second goal against Notts County and will need to be watched, while there remains plenty of experience in midfield with the likes of Russell Penn and Luke Summerfield. Vadine Oliver, signed from Mansfield in the summer, is the club’s top scorer with nine goals in all competitions, but he missed the Notts County match.
The reverse fixture is not one likely to have lived on in the memory as the sides played out a 0-0 draw – the same scoreline as the last time City made the trip to Bootham Crescent. City enjoy a healthy head-to-head lead in league fixtures with 23 wins to York’s 18 (10 draws).
Match officials are as follows:-
Referee: Mark Brown
Assistant Referee: Martin Coy and Philip Dermott
Fourth Official: Christopher Akers
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