"No need to be depressed" says York City manager Nigel Worthington after stoppage-time agony against Accrington

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NIGEL Worthington told his York City side not to be despondent after their stoppage-time agony against Accrington Stanley.

The Minstermen were denied three points when Stanley substitute Shay McCartan headed in Lee Molyneux’s 91st-minute corner to earn the visitors a 1-1 draw.

His goal, which cancelled out Michael Coulson’s penalty just past the hour, saw City drop out of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places but Worthington has instructed his players to bounce back during Friday’s crucial trip to promotion rivals Oxford.

He said: “There is no need to be depressed. We are in a fantastic position and the point could be a very important one.

“There’s no doubt that we dropped two. That’s there for everyone to see but it was another solid performance full of energy and commitment.

“I have told the players you get disappointments in this game and it’s all about how you recover from them. There is nothing to be ashamed of and there is still everything to play for.

“We have had a terrific season and are still unbeaten in 13 games. Accrington are fighting for their lives and did exactly the same to us last season with the equaliser.

“But we have got to get our heads up, put smiles on our faces and get ready for Oxford. We have been fantastic since the turn of the year and we will be giving our utmost until the end of the season whenever that may be.

“To still have a keen interest in what’s going on in the play offs is a great achievement for everybody at the club.”

Worthington also felt there was a touch of fortune about Accrington’s last-gasp leveller, adding: “It was a funny corner and I think their lad might have mishit it.

“He didn’t seem to catch it right and it misled everybody but these things happen in football. We knew there would be twists and turns along the way and that was one of them.”

With Coulson on target from the spot, however, the Minstermen have now failed to net in open play for just under seven-and-a-half hours and Worthington is calling on his side to start converting more opportunities.

“We have got to become ruthless,” he admitted. “When the ball is travelling across the face of goal, we should have bodies flying in to get it across the line and, if we do that, then it will drop for us.”

Coulson, however, became the fourth City player to score a penalty this season following on from Ryan Jarvis, Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman and Worthington said: “It takes courage to step up and he slotted it away very, very well.”

Having gone 15 games without a goal from open play, Bowman was replaced by Calvin Andrew, meanwhile, in the City starting line-up and Worthington was encouraged by the ex-Mansfield striker’s full debut, saying: “I thought he was a real handful.

“He won his headers and is a big unit who gets hold of the ball and allows the rest of the team to get upfield. Michael Coulson was feeding off him and he did very well to get through 90 minutes.

“But he looks after himself and we have players who are prepared to go through the pain barrier to get the pleasure. I thought he was ready for a start and I wanted to freshen things up.”

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9:43am Sun 13 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

This article epitomises exactly the attitude to take. Nigel Worthington is a seasoned, highly-experienced manager and this is demonstrated through the wise words he used to the players. We are very fortunate to have this man at our club at this pivotal time. We have returned to our rightful place, the Football League, and after a shaky period we have earned the right to play our part in the end-of-season jamboree - potentially the play-offs.

We have undoubtedly earned the respect of many other clubs through our organisation, tenacity and strength of spirit and this will contribute to our continuing success. Add a goal or two and who knows what awaits us!

Dare I say that Plymouth could have slipped behind, and if so are we going to pursue that play-off place? Who knows, but the ride is exciting isn't it?
This article epitomises exactly the attitude to take. Nigel Worthington is a seasoned, highly-experienced manager and this is demonstrated through the wise words he used to the players. We are very fortunate to have this man at our club at this pivotal time. We have returned to our rightful place, the Football League, and after a shaky period we have earned the right to play our part in the end-of-season jamboree - potentially the play-offs. We have undoubtedly earned the respect of many other clubs through our organisation, tenacity and strength of spirit and this will contribute to our continuing success. Add a goal or two and who knows what awaits us! Dare I say that Plymouth could have slipped behind, and if so are we going to pursue that play-off place? Who knows, but the ride is exciting isn't it? NottsExile
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10:56am Sun 13 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

Whatever happens york have had a fantastic season worthington and the players have been amazing.
Whatever happens york have had a fantastic season worthington and the players have been amazing. againstthecuts
  • Score: 28

12:27pm Sun 13 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs.
Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 18

2:20pm Sun 13 Apr 14

duffy says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs.
We have a solid spine even without the loan players, Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Fletcher, Bowman, Coulson will get a new deal, Carson, Reed will sign if offered a deal, Montrose still under contract. Hopefully add in season long loans for Pope which would be wonderful and Davies and try to get Banjo to stay.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs.[/p][/quote]We have a solid spine even without the loan players, Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Fletcher, Bowman, Coulson will get a new deal, Carson, Reed will sign if offered a deal, Montrose still under contract. Hopefully add in season long loans for Pope which would be wonderful and Davies and try to get Banjo to stay. duffy
  • Score: 14

5:27pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Yorkieroy60 says...

Wise words indeed from NW takes everything in his stride never gets over excited even on the untimely loss of Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher through injury he says 'that's football' and gets on with it no excuses-treats players with respect and gets the best out of them-if we don't quite make it to the play offs it won't be for want of trying you can bet on that!
Wise words indeed from NW takes everything in his stride never gets over excited even on the untimely loss of Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher through injury he says 'that's football' and gets on with it no excuses-treats players with respect and gets the best out of them-if we don't quite make it to the play offs it won't be for want of trying you can bet on that! Yorkieroy60
  • Score: 10

11:10am Mon 14 Apr 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

Very strong words from Worthington. There's no doubting it was 2 points dropped due to the timing of the equaliser, but so much more can be taken from the game.

The disappointment can be focussed into renewed drive and effort on the training ground, leading to more purpose and a fresh determination for the Oxford game. The team has experienced a sense of defeat without any great damage being done to our season and our excellent form continues.

This season has to be categorised as a success. However, let's go one step further and make it even more memorable for all the right reasons.

COYR.
Very strong words from Worthington. There's no doubting it was 2 points dropped due to the timing of the equaliser, but so much more can be taken from the game. The disappointment can be focussed into renewed drive and effort on the training ground, leading to more purpose and a fresh determination for the Oxford game. The team has experienced a sense of defeat without any great damage being done to our season and our excellent form continues. This season has to be categorised as a success. However, let's go one step further and make it even more memorable for all the right reasons. COYR. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 6

12:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Maltkiln says...

duffy wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote: Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs.
We have a solid spine even without the loan players, Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Fletcher, Bowman, Coulson will get a new deal, Carson, Reed will sign if offered a deal, Montrose still under contract. Hopefully add in season long loans for Pope which would be wonderful and Davies and try to get Banjo to stay.
Carson is on contract for another season :o)
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Sensible post match comments from Nigel Worthington. Nobody really expected City to be up there challenging for a play off spot this season. But as we are in that situation, we have to give it a go. Wherever we finish in league we should have a decent base to build a strong squad for next season. A lot will now depend on how well we replace the loan players, when they return to their clubs.[/p][/quote]We have a solid spine even without the loan players, Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Fletcher, Bowman, Coulson will get a new deal, Carson, Reed will sign if offered a deal, Montrose still under contract. Hopefully add in season long loans for Pope which would be wonderful and Davies and try to get Banjo to stay.[/p][/quote]Carson is on contract for another season :o) Maltkiln
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