STEVE Torpey pulled no punches after a second string York City side went out of the North Riding Senior Cup to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Whitby Town on Tuesday night.
The Minstermen fielded 10 players will first team experience at the Turnbull Ground but slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the Quarter-Final stage of the regional competition.
Speaking to yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk
shortly after the final whistle, the City coach was forthright in his assessment of the game.
“It was a poor performance, a poor result and we’ve come out of it with not many positives” the 46-year-old said.
“To concede a goal after only four minutes and thirty seconds through a free header in the middle of the six yard box is disappointing, you’ve got to defend those areas better. The second goal was from a corner and the player is three yards out. These are basic mistakes and they’ve cost us.
“To try and put together a few positives is tough. We created some half decent chances before their keeper made three great saves, but we didn’t do enough to win the game.
“Individual players needed to take ownership and some responsibility out there. There was enough experience in that team to pull people around.
“We were relatively young at the back with Tyler Walton and Arron Brettel but, apart from those two, we had enough experience.”
One talking point for supporters was the return of Vadaine Oliver to York City colours after a loan spell at League Two outfit Notts County, and Torpey praised his efforts but claimed that the tactics on the night hadn’t suited the big striker.
“Vadaine did OK,” he expressed. “I don’t think we used him to his full effectiveness in the first half. I thought we played a lot of balls in front and short passes, and on a bobbly pitch it wasn’t conducive to playing that kind of style.
“We went a little bit more direct second half and it was a bit more effective getting the first and second balls off Vadaine. He scored a good goal with a nice powerful header, so he did OK.”
Despite the 3-1 defeat after goals from Steven Snaith, Luke Bythway and Dale Hopson, young defender Aaron Brettel was named the Minstermen’s man of the match for his display at the heart of defence and Torpey also praised his performance.
“Aaron did well,” he added. “He’s a young lad and the conditions were not great by any means. The pitch was bobbly, it was sticky, the ball looked and sounded like a cannonball and there were a lot a misplaced passes, but he has to adapt to those situations. That’s where he is at the moment.”
Reflecting on the contest as a whole, City's Under-18s manager praised Whitby Town but expressed obvious disappointment about the overall performance of the side in his general conclusions.
“They adapted to the conditions better than we did, most definitely. And they looked probably – and I don’t like saying it – more up for it than we did.”