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Foyle thrilled at 'massive' victory
By Steve Jones
York City boss Martin Foyle was thrilled at what he labelled as a 'massive' victory against promotion rivals Mansfield Town at Field Mill.
Courtney Pitt scored the winner for the visitors just after the hour before leading goalscorer Richard Brodie missed a chance to add to it when his penalty was saved by Alan Marriott.
"It was important because it was a game we didn't want to lose tonight," Foyle told BBC Radio York. "Yes we've had a poor run. I wouldn't say we've played that badly ... but tonight was a massive three points. But the most pleasing thing, I thought we played some fantastic football. We dominated from start to finish and unfortunately we never got the second goal."
The visitors were finally rewarded when Pitt claimed his first goal for the club with a tremendous strike early in the second period, although the quality he displayed didn't surprise his manager. Midfielder Neil Barrett returned for York
"Well he's got that in his locker," continued Foyle. "We decided to ... not to 'drop' Adam [Smith], I wanted to change because I wanted to put 'Clarkey' [Jamie Clarke] in front of their two big boys up front. I knew we'd have chance to play, I knew their crowd would be on their back and it was nice that everything came to fruition. So I was really pleased with the players. But they worked hard ... but actually, I thought we looked a little more nastier tonight, which I felt hasn't been there in recent games."
The Minstermen then wasted a chance to add a second goal a couple of minutes later when a foul on Pitt allowed ace marksman Brodie the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot. However, the Gateshead-born forward missed for the first time this season. But Foyle wasn't unduly concerned over his rare indiscretion from twelve-yards.
"Not worried one bit," said Foyle. "Whether we've won, drawn ... he's been fantastic. He's decided to go that way again. There's only one corner you can go, left or right and the keeper's 50/50. A lot of pressure on him because he's had a little bit of a lean spell in terms of his quality. But he ran his heart out running into the channels towards the end there and that's what we need.
"It was important that we could just probably push Mansfield out of the equation now. But I'm not going to get too carried away. The first thing out of these two fixtures [Mansfield, Wimbledon] was to get three points and anything on top was a bonus. But now you've got three you're looking for six."
York's efforts were all the more commendable as they had three leading midfield players ruled out, although they were boosted by the return of the always dependable Neil Barrett.
"Yes, we were very lucky with Neil ... it was sciatica," added Foyle. "He pulled up on Friday and he came to Altrincham, but I didn't want to risk him. Sciatica is a funny thing. People think it's a hamstring and it might not be. Chris Carruthers is running, Alex [Lawless] is running, so if we can get past these next two games, hopefully I'll have a fully fit squad."
Stags boss Holdsworth refuses to throw in towel
DAVID Holdsworth has refused to throw in the towel on Mansfield Town's hopes of reaching the Blue Square Premier play-offs.
The Stags are now eight points off the top five with nine games to go after last night's 1-0 defeat to York City.
But the Mansfield boss is remaining upbeat and will try to pick up his disappointed players ahead of Saturday's trip to Histon.
"We know that the one thing we have got in the dressing room is team spirit and we will keep going," said Holdsworth.
"Results have to go our way, but we have to make sure that if there are any slip-ups then we are there even though we are now eight points behind.
"York have been on a poor run, so they will be delighted with the three points.
"We showed a lot of nerves in the first half and at half-time I told them to go out there and take an extra touch.
"I think we showed enough in the second half performance, which was a lot better, to get a point.
"I am not going to chastise the players after the effort they showed. The fans, in the main, showed their appreciation at the end
"We are all hurting and I'm sure the fans are hurting. We will now dust ourselves down, have a chat about things, go again and try to take three points at Histon."
Holdsworth believed Mansfield did not get the rub of the green with some of the refereeing decisions.
He felt York could have had Djoumin Sangare sent off in the second period and felt the Stags should have had a penalty for a foul on Jake Speight.
Holdsworth said: "We didn't have enough to break them down and some of the decisions haven't gone our way.
"Sangare could have been sent off and the fact Martin Foyle (York's manager) took him off straight away said something.
"Jake should have had a penalty when they were tugging at him but he has almost been too honest in not going down."
Holdsworth - we must hope for slip-ups now
CHAD.co.uk, 16 March 2010, By John Lomas
AFTER tonight's crucial 1-0 home defeat by rivals York City, Stags manager David Holdsworth admitted the club's play-off hopes were now outside their own hands.
The defeat by a superb Courtney Pitt strike leaves Mansfield in ninth spot, eight points adrift with just nine games to go.
"There are still 27 points to play for and we will roll up our sleeves and fight for as many of the as we can," said the maADVERTISEMENTnager.
"Intelligence tells you we are eight points behind with nine games to go and we have to make sure we capitalise on any slip-ups by those above us.
"We have the quality and spirit in that dressing run to go on the run we need.
"We have to keep working hard, be professional, and if anyone does slip up, take advantage. Eight points is still manageable – we have got to believe that. The players must show their character.
"York have had their own poor run recently but will be delighted to go home with all three points tonight."
On a night when Alan Marriott saved a contentious penalty and Stags had skipper Luke Foster sent of for two yellow cards, Sags felt they should have had a penalty of their own and also seen a red card for York' s Djoumin Sangare too.
"We are bitterly disappointed to lose, I think we certainly deserved at least a point," said Holdsworth.
"The second half performance was a lot better than the first.
"Decisions didn't go our way tonight and we didn't get the rub of the green. I am not here to make excuses but we have seen them go against us a lot this season.
"I felt we deserved a penalty as Jake Speight was being manhandled in the box and his honesty has cost us.
"We have missed Jake and the impact he makes. Any manager would tell you a player like that not being in the side means you are lacking that burst.
"Luke's second yellow card was deserved as he shouldn't have gone to ground and shouldn't have taken the boy out.
"But the first was never a yellow and it was never a penalty as the boy was five yards outside the box and the referee was poorly placed, but it was a wonderful save.
"York could have easily had a man sent off but the referee interpreted it differently to us and the faithful here.
"The fact that Martin Foyle used his wisdom and took the boy off straight away tells a story. He was very fortunate not be sent off."
Stags struggled to make an impact in the first half but were muc improved after the break.
Holdsworth said: "We showed no quality in the first half and we were edgy. Make no bones about it, there was a lot of anxiety in our first half performance and we gave the ball away too cheaply.
"I told them to go out and relax a bit in the second half and have an extra touch if you need it.
"They were packing the midfield so I changed things round a bit and went like for like and it was a bit of a stalemate at times. But we had a really good go."
At least most fans applauded their side's efforts at the end after the furore about the boos following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Tamworth.
"We are all hurting right now," said Holdsworth. "I have a lot of downhearted players here and we must dust ourselves down tomorrow, regroup, and get ready to play Histon. Our away record is decent.
"I must thank the fans for their attention at the end, even though they were going home disappointed. They showed their appreciation.
"We didn't get the rub of the green tonight and so I won't chastise my players for that."
Victory over Stags so crucial to York
RICHARD Brodie is hoping York's win at Mansfield will re-ignite their play-off push.
Courtney Pitt's second half strike gave the Minstermen their first win in eight games.
And Brodie, the Blue Square Premier's top scorer, feels it can give York the momentum to go on and clinch a place in the top five.
"It is a massive result for us, especially after the run we have been on," he said.
"We only lost one in 24 at one point but we haven't been getting the results lately.
"You come to Mansfield and don't expect it to be easy so to pick up a win was great for us.
"It was a tough battle and not easy, but I think we played some good football and deserved it in the end."
"We have got AFC Wimbledon next and that should give us the confidence to go and put in a decent performance against them."
Brodie had his second half penalty saved by Alan Marriott and felt the keeper deserved a huge amount of credit.
He said: "I scored one past him on Boxing Day and put it the same way, but this time he got across.
"I think he was off his line and probably moved before the kick was taken, but it was still an excellent save.
"I had scored seven out of seven before that, but I will still step up to take the next one we have."
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