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YORK CITY PREVIEW

11 February 2013

We look ahead to Tuesday's fixture

YORK CITY v  GILLINGHAM
npower League Two
Tuesday February 12 2013
Bootham Crescent
Kick-off: 7.45pm

TEAM NEWS -
Charlie Allen suffered a twisted ankle at Bradford on Saturday and will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s fixture. Danny Kedwell who missed the game with a hamstring problem is unlikely to feature.

Striker Ashley Chambers made his return from a stomach problem to feature as a second-half substitute against Wycombe at the weekend.
 
Michael Coulson, Chris Doig, Ben Everson, David McGurk and Lanre Oyebanjo are all expected to miss the game.

THE SEASON SO FAR -
Following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at resurgent Wycombe the Minstermen were lying 18th in the League Two table having picked up 37 points (eight wins and 13 draws) from their 31 games.

After the game City boss Gary Mills pulled no punches on the performance. He said "We're very disappointed from start to finish, it was a terrible start, we gave away two penalties. We're committing suicide at the moment."

"We're giving away goals and we don't look like scoring and, at the end of the day, that's a recipe for disaster. We'll sort it out, that's our job. We'll get ready for the next one and move on.

"Football's about this. It's not all success, when things aren't going right you have to stand up and be counted.

"The players at this football club have got to stand up and start winning matches, start doing their jobs better. We know that, and we will.

"There's no hiding it. There's no excuses. We're giving goals away and not scoring goals.

"It's a very disappointing weekend again for us again. Two weekends running and conceding four goals in both games. That's not good enough, we have to be better."

At home they have won just two of their last six matches and in total City have won four, drawn five and lost six times, those leaving with all three points have been AFC Wimbledon (0-3), Exeter (2-1), Fleetwood (0-2), Morecambe (1-4), Torquay (2-0) and Wycombe (1-3).

LEADING GOALSCORERS -
Cody McDonald took his tally to three goals in four games since his return on loan from Coventry with his winner at Bradford on Saturday.

Fellow strikers Danny Kedwell and Deon Burton continue to lead the way with 12 and 10 goals respectively. They are followed by attacking duo Myles Weston with seven and Chris Whelpdale who has six.

Jason Walker is currently top of the York’s goalscoring chart with nine goals to his name, one more than Ashley Chambers.

These are followed by Matty Blair and Michael Coulson with five apiece, Jamie Reed on four while both Patrick McLaughlin and Michael Potts have three to their name.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS -
Tomorrow’s game is a re-arranged fixture after a waterlogged pitch saw the scheduled game at Bootham Crescent postponed on December 22.
 
It was of course just 17 days ago that the teams met at Priestfield. Charlie Lee was credited with an own goal to give York a 17th minute lead, something he refutes, before substitute Cody McDonald netted an 85th minute header on his return from Coventry City on loan.

The last time that the Gills played at Bootham Crescent was back on August 15 1998 when the points were again shared in a 1-1 draw. Richard Cresswell put City ahead early on and left-back Paul Williams levelled matters in the 41st minute.

Overall there have been 37 previous meetings between the two sides with the Gills holding a narrow advantage having won 12 and drawn 14 of them.

OFFICIALS -
Referee – Stephen Martin
Assistants – Matthew Dicicco & Warren Broadbent
Fourth Official – Keith Lawson

Stephen, from Staffordshire, has refereed 19 games this season issuing one red card and 46 yellows.

That red was Tom Flanagan in the 78th minute of the Gills 1-0 victory at Wycombe back in August.


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