York City v Carlisle: Minstermen ready to match fire with fire

York City manager Russ Wilcox
York City manager Russ Wilcox
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AHEAD of taking on a Carlisle side who are the closest in League Two to guaranteeing goals at both ends of the field, Russ Wilcox admits “attack is the best form of defence” for his York side.

The Minstermen host the Cumbrians in what will be the first of four home games in the club’s next five fixtures.

Carlisle sit eight places above York and are in the unusual position of having both scored and conceded more goals than any other team in the division.

“I have to say Carlisle’s stats are incredible,” said Wilcox, whose side have taken four points from this month’s two fixtures. “To have 15 goals from seven games shows they are attack-minded and I would certainly take their 12-point tally at the moment.

“To me, the best form of defence is to attack. We are at home and want to get on the front foot.

“Carlisle have a big game coming up in the League Cup (at Liverpool next week) but no-one knows how that can work. The main thing is we concentrate on ourselves.

“We have had a couple of away trips that have gone well but now we need to back it up. Four out of our next five games are at home so this is an important period in our season.

“If we can win this first one, that can create momentum and a bit of belief among the supporters. A win could also nudge us into the top half of the table, which is where we want to be.”

City have Rhys Turner in the squad for the first time following the striker’s loan switch from Oldham this week.

Wilcox, who watched Turner at FC Halifax Town in a pre-season friendly, added: “I am surprised Oldham have let him go out on loan, if I am honest. He has started three League One games already and he is a player I have kept an eye on for a while.”