AMID a four-day spell that will see York City trek almost 1,200 miles, the phrase ‘park the bus’ might not be the most appropriate for a squad who must be sick of the sight of the club’s team coach.
But the phrase coined by Jose Mourinho to sum up an opponent’s defensive mind set during his first spell at Chelsea, perhaps best sums up how the Minstermen are likely to approach tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against 2013 winners Swansea City.
York sit 80 places below the Swans in the league pyramid and are priced at 11-1 to go through at the Liberty Stadium.
Manager Russ Wilcox, however, points to this season’s first round – which saw a host of Championship clubs knocked out – as proof that upsets can happen.
“I am sure they will rest a few of the big boys and that could give us a bigger chance,” said the York chief. “They are massive favourites, but if we can play to our maximum then you never know.
“The last round showed what can happen. There is no prize money in the early rounds and teams do tend to look at it as a chance to give their squad members a game.
“Seven Championship clubs went out and it would be great for the competition if there could be a few more shocks this time around. Hopefully, we can be one of them.”
As unlikely as an upset seems tonight in the eyes of the bookmakers, York – through to the second round for the first time in 18 years – did beat Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly.
Wilcox added: “If we try and play high up the pitch, pressing them, then there is a danger we will leave ourselves open to the quality that Swansea have.
“The alternative is to sit deep and that runs the risk of them scoring from distance or with crosses. We’ll probably do the latter as we have to respect the fact we are dealing with top-class players.
“We played Newcastle in pre-season and played in a similar manner to how we will probably approach Swansea. We hit them on the counter attack, probably had three chances but scored twice.”
Last six games: Swansea City WLLDWD, York City DLDLWD.
Referee: J Adcock (Nottinghamshire).
Last time: Swansea City 0 York City 0; May 8, 2004; Division Three.