Date: 13th January 2018 at 7:00pm
Written by:

Assistant manager Dave Penney was understandably pleased at a fourth straight victory but admits there is still much work to be done.

The Minstermen scored in each half courtesy of leading marksman Jon Parkin and substitute Amari Morgan-Smith before ex-City striker Adam Boyes claimed an injury-time consolation for visitors Bradford Park Avenue.

That was sufficient to move the hosts back into the play-offs at the expense of their latest opponents and up to sixth in the table.

“It’s great to win four on the trot. Obviously it quickly picks you points up and moves you up the league,” Penney told BBC Radio York. “We’re delighted with that and it just backs up what we did at Darlington last week.

“I thought it was good at times and could be better at times,” he continued. “Again we changed our shape a little bit and went to 4-4-2, which seemed to suit us a little bit more. Perhaps that’s the way forward. We’ll have to look at that.

“We’ve got to learn to do basics a little better in terms of turning teams. You could see from the first-off they played percentages and put it in behind us and squeezed and took the long throws. So we’ve got to learn that at times.

“And I thought we did that for the goal. The ball’s bouncing around the halfway line and Hamza’s [Bencherif] put his foot through it and we go through and score. So it takes more than one way to skin a cat and more than one way to score a goal.

“Everyone wants to play the Barcelona way, but we are where we are and we’ve got to play the game at this level. If it means turning them into spaces, then so be it.”

Penney also felt that the visitors’ late reply shouldn’t have been allowed to stand due to a foul on his player in the build-up.

“From where I am it’s a foul,” he announced. “Hamza’s looking to play the ball and the lad’s clipped him and then they’ve got in. That’s the only disappointment that we’ve ended up conceding late on.”

Meanwhile, City’s Sporting Director believes there is still a genuine chance of young midfielder Alex Pattison returning to the club on loan from Middlesbrough following a successful recent spell.

“We’d love him to come back and thought he was excellent,” he added. “There’s still a possibility of that. The player wants to come back here. He wants to play at as high a level as he can, but he’s enjoyed it here.

“I think Tony Pulis wants to have a look at him tomorrow in an Under-23 game. But we’re hopeful that we can get him back at some stage. It’s more likely to be February now but we’ll keep asking the questions.

“Martin’s [Gray] going to go tomorrow and have a word with people at Middlesbrough and say can we have him for Tuesday.”



Video Link: York City FC

Audio Link: BBC Radio York