Barnet v York City: Extending unbeaten run is key for Wilcox

York City manager Russ Wilcox.
York City manager Russ Wilcox.
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MARTIN ALLEN is one of football’s more unpredictable characters so York City manager Russell Wilcox is glad to have a former confidante of the Barnet manager on his own staff.

John Schofield, assistant manager at Bootham Crescent since the summer, had three different spells under Allen at Gillingham, Notts County and Cheltenham Town.

It means City will head to The Hive with an insight into what makes the Barnet manager tick, something that could be crucial as the Yorkshire club look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Wilcox said: “I have come up against Martin a few times and been on a coaching course. He is an interesting guy who is also very intelligent and more street-wise than people maybe give him credit for.

“Often, you don’t know what his side will bring to the table. Will it be a fight or a football game? The good thing from our point of view is ‘Schoey’ has worked with him several times in the past.

“That can only help, as he knows how Martin thinks and the ways he likes to work.”

York were unfortunate to come away with only a point from Luton Town a week ago and Wilcox is looking for a similar performance.

He said: “We have started to get our big players, our game-changers, back after injury or suspension and it shows. I thought the midfield of Russell Penn, Michael Collins and James Berrett worked very well, while Michael Coulson being up front allows Vadaine Oliver to get in behind the opposition defence a lot more. It is a good mix.

“That said, we need to string some wins together. Three-game unbeaten runs, which we have had a few of in the past year, are fine but we have drawn too many matches.”