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York City boss thrilled by point of honour at Chesterfield
YORK City boss Nigel Worthington declared himself “delighted” with a point at long-time League Two leaders Chesterfield despite seeing his side surrender a 2-0 lead.
A Luke O’Neill first-half thunderbolt, followed by Ryan Jarvis’ seventh goal of the season on the hour, saw the Minstermen in the ascendancy.
But Lewis Montrose conceded a penalty within two minutes of Jarvis’ effort, converted by Armand Gnanduillet, and substitute Jay O’Shea equalised before the visitors held on for a 2-2 draw that knocked the Spireites off the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.
Worthington said: “When you are 2-0 up, you want to try to go on and win the game but you know Chesterfield will come at you because they are up there in the table, at home and have very good players, so I was delighted with my players and how they battled, fought, scrapped and played from the very first second. A point at Chesterfield is a very good result make no mistake about that.”
Worthington was also in no mood to blame Montrose for the game’s 62nd-minute turning-point.
The former Gillingham midfielder has now conceded two penalties since his summer move from Priestfield but the City chief said: “I thought the penalty was soft but they could have probably been awarded another one after that. Lewis had to put his body in.
“He’s a big man and the things that he’s done right for us far outweigh the penalties he’s conceded.”
O’Neill’s spectacular 30-yard strike was his first goal since signing on loan from Burnley and Worthington was not surprised by the quality of his effort, saying: “He has shown in a couple of games he has a powerful right foot and it was a case of having a pop if he got the chance because, if you don’t shoot, you don’t score. But he pulled the trigger and it was a great goal.”
Former Mansfield right-back O’Neill was used as a midfielder as Worthington switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation that saw Montrose shielding the back four.
On the possibility of using the same tactics this Saturday at home to Fleetwood, Worthington said: “It will be horses for courses and we will look at Fleetwood, who are a big, powerful side, and decide what to do. The shape of the team was good (last night).”
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