York City v Luton Town

16 February 2010 06:23
Big-money summer signing Michael Gash was expected to replace suspended leading scorer Richard Brodie for the crucial promotion clash with Luton Town at Bootham Crescent. And that has led to manager Martin Foyle challenging the former Ebbsfleet United marksman, together with fellow forwards Richard Pacquette and Kevin Gall, to produce the form to keep 27-goal Brodie out of the team.“There is the possibility for somebody to come in now and keep him out of the team," he told The Press. "We haven’t been holding the ball up well enough recently, so everybody’s back in contention.“Richard’s not arrogant at all and he won’t expect to walk straight back into the side. He doesn’t think that way.“He’s a fantastic boy who’s done everything I’ve asked of him and more, but we’re looking long-term as well.” Foyle has already said that the club will deal internally over Brodie, who now misses three more vital games as a result of his weekend indiscretion.“I’ll be saving the chat until after the Luton game because everything else has had to go on the back burner to concentrate on preparation for this game," he added. "He’s disappointed to have let the lads down, but we have all been sent off.“He’s caused us a bit of a problem, but it’s about how he reacts now and learns from it when he comes back.”The York boss was certainly expecting a touch challenge from Luton, who are set welcome back striker Liam Hatch, midfielder Keith Keane and defender Shane Blackett, although on loan City winger Craig Nelthorpe won't be allowed to feature. “Luton have the most experienced and expensive squad in the division," continued Foyle.“But if we are solid and work hard, we will give them a game. It’s a big test and a benchmark for us.“If we want to win the league, we have to win this match really.“We wouldn’t be dead and buried if we didn’t, but a victory would put us in a great position to strike.”