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York City: A team under pressure

Pressure is mounting on the Minstermen after recent on-pitch performances are beginning to take its toll on fans and players alike. Rumors emerged this morning that ex-captain Russ Penn looks set to leave Bootham Crescent imminently.

Some fans took to Twitter to vent their anger at the current situation at Bootham Cresent, pointing the finger to the top of the clubs hierarchy.

One fan claimed that the “poison at the club drips through everywhere” whilst another said that Collins was “out of his depth”.


Sam Collins side head into their FA Cup first round tie against Swindon Town this weekend without a win in the league since their win away to Southport almost a month ago.

Speaking ahead of the game this weekend Collins urged his players to “Go and play, express yourself.” as he conceded that his side were underdogs going into the clash.

He also challenged his players to adopt a fearless approach going into the game “We need leaders, we need people to stand up, who can handle the crowd when things aren’t going well.”

With the imminent departure of Russ Penn, Sam Collins is facing some serious selection issues ahead of the weekend, saying that he was “down to the bare bones” in defense.

This coincides with the news that Simon Heslop will be sidelined for up to two months after having surgery on his knee, leaving Collins with a serious shortage in midfield.

However, Collins has today bolstered his options with the signings of Alex Bray on a short-term loan from Rotherham and defender Joe Davis from Port Vale, although it is unclear if they will be available for Saturday’s game.

With fans becoming increasingly discontent, it is clear that it would take a dramatic change in fortunes for the Minstermen to win them round.