Coulson looks key to reversing York trend

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IN terms of hand-picking an opponent when the pressure is on to deliver results, York City would hardly choose AFC Wimbledon.

Since returning to the Football League in 2012, the Minstermen have faced the Dons 10 times in league and cup encounters.

Just one of those meetings yielded all three points with no fewer than seven having ended in defeat.

Five of those losses came in the league, as well, so Russ Wilcox and his side are going to have to overcome recent history to claim a first League Two win in eight attempts.

Mind, if York are to claim a much-needed three points to help ease any nerves at the wrong end of the table then Michael Coulson could be key.

Since returning from injury, he has netted three goals in four league games.

Minstermen’s manager Wilcox said: “He only scored four goals in all of last season so he is in a rich vein of form. He has been frustrated to be out, as all Michael wants to do is play.

“I have maybe had to keep him out there a bit longer than I wanted but we need the points at the moment and Michael is not one to complain. He is a great professional.”

York were held to a 2-2 draw at home by fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend but Wilcox felt his players showed the character needed to get out of trouble.

He added: “Character is key and we showed that in abundance. When you are at the wrong end of the table, it can get frustrating but the lads stuck at it and got a point.

“We are scoring goals at home, we have six in our last three games. We just have to be more solid at the back and that is what we have been working on this week.”