York City boss in play-off rallying cry

York Press: Nigel Worthington Nigel Worthington

YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has insisted his players will need to be at their best to beat the “Manchester City of League Two” in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

A 2-2 draw at already-promoted Scunthorpe means the Minstermen will now face Fleetwood Town over two legs with the first match at Bootham Crescent on Saturday night, kick-off 7.30pm.

The away game will then take place on Friday, May 16 at Highbury, kick-off 7.45pm.

Fleetwood, who reportedly boast the division’s biggest budget, were tipped by many to secure automatic promotion this term but finished the campaign fourth and must now take on a City side unbeaten in 17 matches.

That run started with a 2-1 win at Fleetwood on February 1, while the Cod Army won 2-0 in North Yorkshire earlier in the season but Worthington insisted those games will count for little now.

He also believes the side that handles the occasion best mentally will progress to the Wembley final on Monday, May 26.

“They are two brand new games home and away and it’s all about how we deal with that,” Worthington reasoned.

“They are the Manchester City of our league with a wealthy chairman who has spent money so we will need to be on our best behaviour. That will involve preparing right mentally to handle the situation and we will be getting to work on that first thing today.

“But, if we go out and perform, we have got a good chance of getting into the final.”

Worthington also applauded his team’s “character” after goals by Ryan Brobbel and Calvin Andrew cancelled out earlier efforts from Iron pair Paddy Madden and Terry Hawkridge as the Minstermen, who kicked off 2014 third-bottom, finished the regular season in seventh place.

Commenting on his team’s comeback at Glanford Park, the City chief said: “I thought we were off the pace a bit in the first half.

“We allowed Scunthorpe to pass the ball far too easily, so we mentioned one word at half-time – character. It’s a bit easier when you are 1-0 up to keep a clean sheet and get a result as we have been doing but, when you go two down, you look for character in your team and that shone through in bundles during a magnificent second half.

“We were trying things in that first half that we don’t normally do and can’t do, so we asked the players to simplify everything and step up their game in the second half. We pushed them back, pressed and pressed and won no end of corners.

“We had a couple of very good half chances and I was delighted that we came back to draw 2-2 because the biggest thing was to keep the unbeaten run going.”

City were also cheered on by just under 1,400 fans in North Lincolnshire and a grateful Worthington added: “Our support was unbelievable.

“I can’t thank them enough. We are always delighted to see our home supporters but the people who travel the length and breadth of the country and give up their time and pay for tickets deserve great credit and are a big part of what’s going on at the club.”

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2:49pm Mon 5 May 14

Boyer for England says...

Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time.
Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time. Boyer for England
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2:53pm Mon 5 May 14

You're Fired says...

Without Matty Blair, amongst others, we wouldn't be where we are today. Worth remembering.
Without Matty Blair, amongst others, we wouldn't be where we are today. Worth remembering. You're Fired
  • Score: 30

3:33pm Mon 5 May 14

Boyer for England says...

You're Fired wrote:
Without Matty Blair, amongst others, we wouldn't be where we are today. Worth remembering.
Never forget. Just saying it's arguable whether he's good enough for this league and Fleetwood playing him makes me laugh at Nigel's words.
[quote][p][bold]You're Fired[/bold] wrote: Without Matty Blair, amongst others, we wouldn't be where we are today. Worth remembering.[/p][/quote]Never forget. Just saying it's arguable whether he's good enough for this league and Fleetwood playing him makes me laugh at Nigel's words. Boyer for England
  • Score: -17

5:00pm Mon 5 May 14

Phil, Leeds says...

Yes they've got a wealthy chairman but they are nothing we need to be afraid of. They finished out of the top 3 only a few points above us and if we play to our best over the 2 legs we have every chance of beating them. Of course we need to give them respect as we do all teams but we have shown we can match any side in League 2 and we have gathered many more points than Fleetwood in the second half of the season.
Yes they've got a wealthy chairman but they are nothing we need to be afraid of. They finished out of the top 3 only a few points above us and if we play to our best over the 2 legs we have every chance of beating them. Of course we need to give them respect as we do all teams but we have shown we can match any side in League 2 and we have gathered many more points than Fleetwood in the second half of the season. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: 8

5:59pm Mon 5 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Any team that reaches the play-offs has to be a strong team, and Fleetwood will be no exception. The first leg is vital for we need to still be in the tie when we kick off at Fleetwood. City are not the type of team to go at them gung-ho in the first match. Nigel Worthington would probably be satisfied to go to Fleetwood with the tie all square at 0-0. The Play Off Semi-Final is usually a huge tactical battle, not one for the faint hearted . I remember only too well the ties at Mansfield and Luton, now they were really tense!.
Any team that reaches the play-offs has to be a strong team, and Fleetwood will be no exception. The first leg is vital for we need to still be in the tie when we kick off at Fleetwood. City are not the type of team to go at them gung-ho in the first match. Nigel Worthington would probably be satisfied to go to Fleetwood with the tie all square at 0-0. The Play Off Semi-Final is usually a huge tactical battle, not one for the faint hearted . I remember only too well the ties at Mansfield and Luton, now they were really tense!. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 10

7:25pm Mon 5 May 14

duffy says...

They might have money but it's how you spend it, abd we have a far better manager.
They might have money but it's how you spend it, abd we have a far better manager. duffy
  • Score: 15

11:40pm Mon 5 May 14

Peppa07 says...

Can someone remind me of the playoff rules?
Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches?
Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify?
0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties?
1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties?
Who knows?
Can someone remind me of the playoff rules? Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches? Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify? 0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties? 1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties? Who knows? Peppa07
  • Score: 0

7:07am Tue 6 May 14

rupertbehr says...

Boyer for England wrote:
Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time.
There's no accounting for stupidity ...
But disrespect is something else !!!
Trust me, you (we) may come to regret this comment.
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time.[/p][/quote]There's no accounting for stupidity ... But disrespect is something else !!! Trust me, you (we) may come to regret this comment. rupertbehr
  • Score: 5

10:40am Tue 6 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Peppa07 wrote:
Can someone remind me of the playoff rules?
Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches?
Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify?
0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties?
1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties?
Who knows?
I understand that the away goals rule is not applied in FL play offs, but could be wrong. If the scores you mentioned above happen (but let's be honest, that would mean us going 3 whole games without winning 1-0, which seems unlikely) I believe it would go to extra time then a penalty shoot out.
[quote][p][bold]Peppa07[/bold] wrote: Can someone remind me of the playoff rules? Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches? Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify? 0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties? 1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties? Who knows?[/p][/quote]I understand that the away goals rule is not applied in FL play offs, but could be wrong. If the scores you mentioned above happen (but let's be honest, that would mean us going 3 whole games without winning 1-0, which seems unlikely) I believe it would go to extra time then a penalty shoot out. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Tue 6 May 14

andy fowler says...

rupertbehr wrote:
Boyer for England wrote:
Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time.
There's no accounting for stupidity ...
But disrespect is something else !!!
Trust me, you (we) may come to regret this comment.
City will soon be playing Leeds. Better than Luton and their head man Bill Bailey
[quote][p][bold]rupertbehr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: Man City of league two ? And they play Blair who couldn't hit a barn door most of the time.[/p][/quote]There's no accounting for stupidity ... But disrespect is something else !!! Trust me, you (we) may come to regret this comment.[/p][/quote]City will soon be playing Leeds. Better than Luton and their head man Bill Bailey andy fowler
  • Score: -9

3:57pm Tue 6 May 14

pip007 says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
Peppa07 wrote:
Can someone remind me of the playoff rules?
Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches?
Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify?
0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties?
1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties?
Who knows?
I understand that the away goals rule is not applied in FL play offs, but could be wrong. If the scores you mentioned above happen (but let's be honest, that would mean us going 3 whole games without winning 1-0, which seems unlikely) I believe it would go to extra time then a penalty shoot out.
You are correct. Away goals don't count double in the play-offs.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peppa07[/bold] wrote: Can someone remind me of the playoff rules? Do away goals count double in the event of a draw after both matches? Extra time then penalties is level? I.e. 0-0 at BC, 1-1 at Highbury, York qualify? 0-0 in both games, then it goes to extra time at Highbury, still 0-0 then penalties? 1-1 a.e.t. York would qualify without penalties? Who knows?[/p][/quote]I understand that the away goals rule is not applied in FL play offs, but could be wrong. If the scores you mentioned above happen (but let's be honest, that would mean us going 3 whole games without winning 1-0, which seems unlikely) I believe it would go to extra time then a penalty shoot out.[/p][/quote]You are correct. Away goals don't count double in the play-offs. pip007
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Wed 7 May 14

joejamestom says...

Matty was a fantastic player for us but has struggled for a regular place in Fleetwoods large squad, but looking at last weekends goal he should be in their squad & will get a warm welcome from most fans.
Matty was a fantastic player for us but has struggled for a regular place in Fleetwoods large squad, but looking at last weekends goal he should be in their squad & will get a warm welcome from most fans. joejamestom
  • Score: 3

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