Russ Wilcox hails his York City’s side ‘amazing’ win over Hartlepool

Michael Duckworth challenges for the ball in Hartlepool's 1-0 defeat at York City
Michael Duckworth challenges for the ball in Hartlepool's 1-0 defeat at York City

DELIGHTED Russ Wilcox hailed his side’s 1-0 win over Hartlepool United as the best performance of his managerial career.

Victory for the Minstermen saw them create a nine point gap over the bottom two and with just four games to go in Sky Bet League Two, the win virtually assures their league status.

Down to 10-men for the entire second-half, Wilcox heaped praise on his players for their dogged defending as Pools struggled to break them down.

Wilcox said the “amazing” win was better than anything he achieved last season when he was manager of promotion-winning Scunthorpe United.

“It was an amazing win because of the character shown by the players,” said Wilcox.

“The performance was probably the best by any side since I became a manager because of the togetherness, organisation and commitment, which was all backed up by our outstanding supporters.

“It was another great day for York City.

“I knew from day one of coming here we had good character at the club and it’s not always about playing magnificent football.

“It’s about rolling up your sleeves and grafting for the team,” added Wilcox to the York Press.

Tellingly from a Pools perspective, Wilcox added: “We had to defend deep at times and they passed the ball a lot from side to side but we were happy for them to do that.

“I was also really pleased with the way we passed the football in the first half, including out from the back.

“We played some good stuff, which might get forgotten because of what happened afterwards,” added the York boss who thought the red card for Dave Winfield was harsh.

York are considering appealing the decision.