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McGurk is fit to go for York City
DAVID McGURK will not sit out tonight’s League Two trip to Chesterfield after discussions with York City boss Nigel Worthington.
Due to his record of knee and calf problems over the past two seasons, the 31-year-old defender was rested on the last occasion City played in midweek following a Saturday match – the 3-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy home defeat to Rotherham.
But McGurk has declared himself fit enough to take on the League leaders just three days after the 240-mile trek home from Newport at the weekend with City boss Worthington confirming: “I spoke to David yesterday and he is in fine fettle and ready for the game.”
On-loan Preston left-back Ben Davies is also in line to replace Jamal Fyfield at left-back after missing the South Wales trip.
“Ben Davies is back to full health after his tonsillitis and thigh strain and is in contention again,” added Worthington.
The City chief is hoping McGurk and Davies can now help the team to improve on a run of just one clean sheet from their last nine matches as he seeks a better result and performance following the 3-0 loss at Newport.
He said: “Chesterfield are top of the table and a good team so it’s a great match after a disappointing result at Newport where we did not do enough on the day.
“They have made a very good start and have invested well from a financial point of view.
“They are top of the table but any team on a good day can beat anybody in this division and virtually anybody in the bottom half of the table now could put a string of results together to bounce them up into the top six or ten because that’s how close it is.
“We have to be brave and enjoy the game and bounce back by trying to keep a clean sheet to give ourselves a good foundation to move forward. “It’s a good chance for us to put on a show and try and get a good result, which would breed confidence for Fleetwood at home on Saturday.”
Worthington will also be looking for his team to kick off the game in a more focused fashion than was the case at Rodney Parade on Saturday, saying: “I wasn’t particularly pleased with our start (against Newport).
“They hit the bar after 20 seconds and they could have scored a few times before we got into the game. We need to be more hooked into the start of games and keep the ball up the other end of the field to cause the opposition problems there instead of it being near our goal.”
Michael Coulson (foot) and Chris Dickinson (ankle) remain unavailable but Worthington will otherwise have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
The City manager could make a tactical switch, though, having been dissatisfied with the team’s central areas at Newport.
“We have worked on making things less open in the middle of the park and getting our shape right,” Worthington revealed. “It is all about delivering on match days, though, because training is just a rehearsal for the main stage.
“It will be a case of putting people in places and trying to make it work so the opposition’s players are not running at our back four. Hopefully, there will be people in situ who can do a good job as they have done for the most part this season.”
One option could be to recall Craig Clay, who was released by Chesterfield in the summer, but Worthington added his selections would primarily be made on what is right for the team, saying: “You look at the team first and foremost and what you will need from a strength and weaknesses point of view.
“You do look at players going back to old clubs sometimes and it can play a part in your decisions and thinking and we will look at that before we decide on the team.”
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