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York City match report
28 March 2016 18:23 Post ID: #71646
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Three first half goals from Argyle was enough to win the three points despite a comeback from York City.

Goals from Jamille Matt, Reuben Reid and an own goal from William Boyle gave the Greens a three goal lead at half time, however Russell Penn and Luke Summerfield scored two second half goals for York to give a final scoreline of 3-2 to Argyle.

A win is a win and the three points move us back into third place, just two points behind Oxford with a game in hand.

After a great first half performance and scoring three goals it looked to be a rare game where we completely thrash a team and improve our difference, however we didn't keep our foot on the pedal and allowed a poor York team back into the game, they scored two goals and towards the end the players and fans became anxious but we finally saw out the win.
Amazingly York had 15 attempts on goal, just two less than Argyle, also it was the first time Summerfield had dirty shorts at Home Park!

Argyle manager Derek Adams started the game with a rare 4-4-2 formation with the home fans getting a glimpse of two strikers playing and ended up playing three formations, 4-3-3 followed by his favourite 4-2-3-1 to finish the game, although it was the substitution of Reid that allowed York back into the game, up until then the ball would stay upfront.

Just like the Morecambe game we didn't capitalise and score more goals and just like at Morecambe Reid and Matt look a very good partnership.

This was also a game where it signalled the beginning of the end of season ritual of keeping one eye on other scores with a mobile phone just as important as a half time cuppa!

Oscar Threlkeld picked up and injury so Jordon Forster came in at right-back, otherwise it was the same team that started at Morecambe.

Graham Carey again operated on the left with the freedom to roam inside.

York tried to gain the upper hand during the early stages and a few crosses did trouble our defence in the swirling wind, once we got to the grips with the tactics from York we were by far the better team.

Carey probed and promoted, Carl McHugh tidied up in midfield while Matt worked hard up front allowing Reid to play on the shoulder of the last defender.

The first goal was a classic passing goal that started with Luke McCormick, although his mis-kick found McHugh, he slid the ball to Carey, he passed to the overlapping Gary Sawyer, his excellent cross found Reid at the far post, his header was blocked but Matt stepped in and thumped in the loose ball. 1-0 and now more than we deserved.

Soon after Reid had a header just go over the ball and then just as rare as two strikers was the award of a penalty, just our second penalty this season.
Matt was brought down and Reid took control and thumped the spot kick past Flinders in the York goal. 2-0.

We were now on fire and looked to score with every attack. The third goal and what turned out to be the winning goal wasn't scored by a player wearing green.
A Carey free-kick into the penalty area was somehow turned in by York defender Boyle. 3-0 at half time and just how many would we score in the second half.

We sat back a little for the second half, preferring to hit long balls to Reid and Matt.

Against the run of play Penn pulled a goal back for York with a long range shot that easily beat McCormick after Forster had failed to stop a cross.
At that point it looked to be just a consolation goal for York because they looked that poor.

Carey had a couple of long range shots and in some cases other players were bettered positioned, Jake Jervis beat the offside trap and with only the keeper to beat saw his shot saved by Flinders.

Adams subbed Reid for Hiram Boateng and opted for a 4-3-3 line-up to strengthen the midfield.
The tactic allowed York to have more of the ball, our forward passes didn't stay up front and our defence was given too much work to do when previously we were dominant.

As the game wore on fans and players became anxious that the fourth and killer goal didn't arrive. Instead York sensed that they could salvage something and made a couple of subs, including taking off a defender for a forward.
Craig Tanner replaced Jordan Houghton and Adams went for his traditional 4-2-3-1 formation with Tanner and not Carey playing behind the lone striker.

Disaster struck in the 86th minute when Forster gave away a penalty. (what is it about Argyle right-backs and penalties?) This time it wasn't Lewis Alessandra who won the penalty.
Summerfield scored the penalty and we were left biting our finger nails.

With four minutes of injury time signalled York player Penn suffered a serious injury in the last of those minutes.
This only added to the nerves, once play had restarted Tanner and Jervis were content to wind down the clock in the corner to claim a win.
It's a win and three points is all that counts but at half time no-one would have guessed that we would be hanging on for the win and resorting to wasting time in the corners of the pitch. But a draw for Oxford and a defeat for Bristol Rovers highlights that today's win was all important.


Reid and Matt are a very good partnership, starting with two strikers has made such a difference over the last two games, if we can extend Matt's loan these two can fire us to promotion.

Carey had his best game since returning from injury, he doesn't stay on the left but wanders inside, a tactic that York and Morecambe couldn't cope with.

Curtis Nelson and Peter Hartley were as strong as ever and never gave Alessandra much chance to turn and run with his quick feet.

McCormick still isn't quite on top form but he's being judged by his high standards from earlier this season.

McHugh makes a difference, getting his foot in and battling, Houghton had a quiet game but he does the simple stuff very well. Boateng closed down and worked hard for the team.
Jervis had a good game, it's just that simple chance he missed that he will be remembered for in this game.

The return of McHugh and Boateng plus Carey, Reid and Jervis getting back to form and the work rate and goals from Matt just could be the difference in automatic promotion instead of the play-offs.

Man of the match: Matt.

McCormick 5, Forster 5, Nelson 7, Hartley 7, Swayer 7, McHugh 7, Houghton 6, Carey 7, Jervis 7, Reid 7, Matt 8. Subs: Boateng 6, Tanner 6, Wylde n/a.
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