Andrew Abbott's Blog

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Should I stay or should I go? Tilson couldn’t Kerr less.

It’s York City tonight and a reunion for old boy and former captain Scott Kerr. Love him or otherwise Scott’s battling qualities were sorely missed at the end of last season after he departed Sincil Bank for York but it need not have been as Kerr revealed that manager Steve Tilson broke the news of York’s interest and ventured no opinion of whether he wanted to keep the midfield toiler or not. Given that Kerr had been somewhat out of favour with the now definitely out of favour Tilson, as he had been initially with Chris Sutton, Scott decided that the shorter journey from his home in Leeds and the general air of impending disaster at Lincoln made the decision a no brainer. Who’s to say he was wrong as York now sit at the business end of the table whilst City do not.

The Minstermen’s website have reported City’s recent recovery of form offering the opinion that it’s a shame that York didn’t meet the Imps earlier in the season when they were, by common consensus, a pushover. In the small pool that is the Blue Square Bet Premier news travel fast and tonight will be a good tester for City’s new resolve and, hopefully much sharper fitness level.

As well as Kerr there are several Imps with York connections, Simon Russell, Sam Smith, Kyle Perry and Conal Platt formerly at the Minstermen with Tyrone Thompson being a familiar face from down the road at Scarborough so if the usual form is observed the Imps can look forward to a victory as the former players score against their old clubs. That’s the way it seems to go against City anyway. Sam Smith won’t though, he’s out injured.

Whilst we were (well some of us) watching City cruise past Ebbsfleet United, York were suffering the heartbreak of a very late equaliser at Forest Green Rovers. The last time the two teams met Lincoln emerged victorious, 4.1 winners at Bootham Crescent, a rarity for City at York but that was the season they dropped out of the league and there they have been ever since which does now seem to be the fate of league teams at least for the moment as we are finding out. Those days of Murphy’s Mission for those of us ancient enough to have been there a very different experience to nowadays but at least our enthusiastic but hard taskmaster is showing signs that he knows the direction we should be taking. A win tonight would very much be a bonus though. I would settle for a draw right now.

David Holdsworth was delighted with the win last weekend, obviously but pleased also that lessons are being learned in training:-

“Discipline showed on Saturday and was a huge part. Prior to that we’d conceded three penalties so discipline, I put on the training ground you know, standing up in the challenge, competing correctly and we came away without a booking and without any problems really to be seen so that means they get to the ball a little bit quicker. We just spoke to the players about the team that’s fouled most or the team that gives away the most fouls they’re either the fittest or the least fit so they’re little factors that we bring in.”

I think that makes sense but the most important thing is does it make sense to the players? If the answer is yes then were on a winner. We could do with that.

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