The pre-game ramble: York City
It’s back – what’s fast becoming my favourite competition with the name of a paint in the title. Northern style.
On Tuesday evening, we take on York City in hope to extend our current good form.
How are they getting on?
They’re having a quintessentially mid-table sort of time of it, following their impressive promotion via the Conference play-offs last year. They went 6 games unbeaten earlier on in the season, but since then have only managed a single win in a month.
So as a general point, their league form is straight down the middle – 3 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats, with 15 goals for and against.
Their previous JPT match saw them pull off a cheeky 1-0 away victory against League Two promotion hopefuls Rotherham, but their other victories this campaign have been against fairly lowly opposition. Not dissimilar to us.
Who could cause us trouble?
Striker Michael Coulson is their top scorer with 5 goals so far, although he’s not scored since 15 September. We know what that means.
Actually, they have a generally well spread distribution of goals amongst their front line to keep us occupied, with Jason Walker and Ashley Chambers both with 3 each too. What’s most interesting is that they’ve all played 11 games each, so it’s a consistent attacking unit too.
Sky Blues team news
Mark Robins is very keen to keep on winning, and will be looking to keep a partially consistent feel to the first team to ensure this happens. He is allowed some changes however, and he’ll be looking to make these where appropriate, with Adam Barton having a particularly difficult time of it at the moment and Jordan Clarke rumoured to be a little off his full fitness.
One player who has been around the squad for most of the campaign has been Jordan Willis, and having appeared against Birmingham earlier in the season, it’s a possibility that he could find himself closer to the first team if Clarke is given a rest. Christie is the obvious alternative, however.
Callum Ball and McGoldrick showed great understanding in the second half against Bournemouth, and the noises from the camp suggest that both are eager to continue in their respective roles.
The pressure to play United’s Reece Brown is always going to be felt, so he too may provide an option to allow Cameron a bit of a rest following his busy return to action at the weekend.
It is my view that we will win this game, because we are doing quite nicely at the moment, and Robins doesn’t seem the kind of a man to allow that to go without a fight. We’re still having problems with our performance levels, but a swift start this time could be enough to make our bunch believe that they’re actually quite good.
I reckon it’ll be 2-0.