After a blip at Northampton last week it was back to winning ways on Tuesday night in East London, so City’s three match road trip comes to an end with two wins and a defeat, plus an extra fixture at Sunderland in the bag. Paul Tisdale gave a debut to Manny Oyeleke at Dagenham and his impressive performance will give Tisdale some selection posers going into the visit of York. David Wheeler missed Tuesday night’s win as he recovers from a knock picked up at Northampton, there is no word yet as to whether he will be fit to return although even if he did he’d likely be vying for a start with Alex Nicholls following Lee Holmes’ return to the starting line up. Jordan Moore-Taylor remains touch and go with Jordan Tillson ready to deputise again should Moore-Taylor not yet be ready.
After a difficult season the bookies haven’t seen much in York to suggest they’ll pull up any trees in League Two this season, and a poor start to the campaign has done nothing to dispel this. The Minstermen finally recorded their first win of the season (leaving aside a win on penalties against Bradford in the COCup) on Tuesday night against fellow pointless side Yeovil, so at least confidence will be rising for Russ Wilcox and his men. Goals have been somewhat hard to come by, with a return expected from Vadine Oliver, the former Mansfield man was rumoured at one point to be a target for City so he may have a point to prove, while Jake Hyde has been used only from the bench so far this term. Ex-Plymouth defender Stephane Zubar is on loan at York and will no doubt want to put one over City on behalf of his former employers.
There was nothing to separate the sides last season – City were within 8 minutes of their first win back in August (Wheeler) when Lowe equalised, while the return at Bootham Crescent ended in a dour 0-0. City hold a slight league head to head lead with 23 wins to York’s 18 (9 draws).