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Cox: We showed character

15 September 2013

Manager Paul Cox was delighted to see our side extend their unbeaten run to six games with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at York City yesterday.

As a result of the traffic chaos caused by the Sky Ride cycling event in York city centre, our team didn’t arrive at Bootham Crescent until 2.20pm.

And we made the worst possible start as The Minstermen registered a lead within 60 seconds, thanks to Ryan Brobbel’s close-range finish.

Sam Clucas’ spot-kick and Ollie Palmer’s second half winner in the ultimately earned us maximum points, but the victory came at a cost.

Midfielder Chris Clements suffered suspected medial knee ligament damage, whilst Martin Riley was shown a straight red card late on.

Our boss said: “That was a good result.

“It was the first time that I’ve asked my players for character, and they’ve came back at me in abundance.

“I don’t think it was an entertaining match and I don’t think we played particularly well, which was down to certain aspects. But we ground out a very good win.”

He continued: “Arriving late did have a massive impact, I won’t lie to anyone. 

“Footballers are human beings and very animalistic in what they do. Pre-match warm-ups are geared and everything has to be spot on. So that was hugely frustrating.

“We had to dig in deep at the end, but this group of players keep going the extra mile. Everyone can see we have heart and passion in abundance.”

On the injury to Clements, who was replaced by Anthony Howell just moments before half-time, Cox said: “Chris injured his knee and it’s not looking a good one.

“It could be a medial ligament. I feel sorry for the kid as he has been patient, worked hard and been playing well for us.

“We will know more by Monday. But, as one door closes, another opens, and we have a squad of players chomping at the bit to play.”

After Palmer’s strike put us on course for victory in the closing stages, both teams were then reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes.

York substitute Richard Cresswell, who had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, was involved in an off the ball altercation with Riley.

Cox added: “I couldn’t see what happened with Riles (Martin Riley), but he says he didn’t raise his hands. 

“We will look at the video and see if it’s worth appealing. If we can, brilliant, if not then we just have to get on with it.”

“He has been a colossus for us this season and any club at this level of football would miss a player like him."

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