Playing Hull stars was "very good exercise" says York City boss Nigel Worthington

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham, who returned from injury against Hull City, is pictured at full stretch keeping out a header from Shane Long

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham, who returned from injury against Hull City, is pictured at full stretch keeping out a header from Shane Long

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington hailed a "very good exercise" following a 2-0 friendly defeat against Premier League Hull.

Second-half goals from African internationals Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo saw last season's FA Cup finalists seal victory at Bootham Crescent, although Michael Coulson also rattled the crossbar for the hosts.

Steve Bruce's Europa League hopefuls also had the luxury of bringing Aluko and Sagbo off the bench at half-time, along with the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Tom Ince, as the ex-Manchester United defender only spared Nikica Jelavic from North Yorkshire duty, following his summer with Croatia at the World Cup finals.

On the value of such a challenge, City chief Worthington said: "It was a very good exercise. I was delighted that Steve brought his whole squad here.

"That was a big compliment to ourselves and he put virtually two different teams out, so I was pleased with our fitness and shape. Their fresh legs came on and the game was designed that way to be good for our lads.

"It kept our players topped up for the main focus, which is Tranmere on August 9."

Returning goalkeeper Michel Ingham was beaten from 30 yards for Aluko's first goal before a Keith Lowe misjudgement let in Sagbo for the second.

Commenting on the Hull strikes, Worthington added: "Michael was a bit unfortunate that the ball bounced up in front of him at the last second and the second one showed the difference between the Premier League and ourselves - if you give them half an opportunity, it can end up in the back of your net.

"But we had good passages of play in and around the 18-yard box and kept the ball better in the second half than the first when we were giving it away a bit cheaply. All in all, it was very good.

"We were compact, which made them go out wide rather than through the middle and that was important because, with their quality, one pass can kill you, but our energy levels and pressing were good."

Worthington went on to stress that Ingham and Jason Mooney were still competing to start the campaign between the sticks with two pre-season friendlies left to play against Nottingham Forest next Wednesday and Sheffield United a week on Saturday.

"We've got two to look at and play with," he said of the goalkeeping situation. "Michael came back in after not playing in Scotland and got another hour, which will be good for him."

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10:45am Thu 24 Jul 14

TheBurton says...

Went to the game. Even though they are a Premier League team we gave them a run for their money. 2-0 to Hull was a fair result in the end but saw some promising stuff for the start of our league campaign.
Rather get those silly little mistakes out the way now than during the season also.
Went to the game. Even though they are a Premier League team we gave them a run for their money. 2-0 to Hull was a fair result in the end but saw some promising stuff for the start of our league campaign. Rather get those silly little mistakes out the way now than during the season also. TheBurton
  • Score: 24

12:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

TheBurton wrote:
Went to the game. Even though they are a Premier League team we gave them a run for their money. 2-0 to Hull was a fair result in the end but saw some promising stuff for the start of our league campaign.
Rather get those silly little mistakes out the way now than during the season also.
Fully agree - we were not outclassed though I think one or two of the Hull players were nowhere near fit. Tom Ince's pace was an important second half factor; hopefully our full backs won't face that sort of class in Division 2!

Was impressed with the contributions of Hyde and Meikle and I liked the look of Cameron Murray when he came on. Will he be big and strong enough to feature in a NW team?

After a slow start I thought the two new full backs were solid but unfortunately, because of the quality they were marking, they seldom had the chance to show what they can do pushing forward.

Mooney didn't really have much to do so I can't judge on the relative merits of the two keepers yet.

All in all, an encouraging evening with City showing a lot of potential.
[quote][p][bold]TheBurton[/bold] wrote: Went to the game. Even though they are a Premier League team we gave them a run for their money. 2-0 to Hull was a fair result in the end but saw some promising stuff for the start of our league campaign. Rather get those silly little mistakes out the way now than during the season also.[/p][/quote]Fully agree - we were not outclassed though I think one or two of the Hull players were nowhere near fit. Tom Ince's pace was an important second half factor; hopefully our full backs won't face that sort of class in Division 2! Was impressed with the contributions of Hyde and Meikle and I liked the look of Cameron Murray when he came on. Will he be big and strong enough to feature in a NW team? After a slow start I thought the two new full backs were solid but unfortunately, because of the quality they were marking, they seldom had the chance to show what they can do pushing forward. Mooney didn't really have much to do so I can't judge on the relative merits of the two keepers yet. All in all, an encouraging evening with City showing a lot of potential. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 12

12:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

By the way, what have they done to the pitch?

Possibly new drainage system?
By the way, what have they done to the pitch? Possibly new drainage system? North Lincs Minsterman
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12:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Budgie says...

Nice to see Bruce fetched a full squad, parts of the pitch wants patching up looks terrible, thought we contested well. Thought Coulson and Hyde did not offer much, my I hope Fletcher is fit soon. Still early days, promise is there, When talking to a Hull fan after the game he said he felt York were fitter than his Hull.
Nice to see Bruce fetched a full squad, parts of the pitch wants patching up looks terrible, thought we contested well. Thought Coulson and Hyde did not offer much, my I hope Fletcher is fit soon. Still early days, promise is there, When talking to a Hull fan after the game he said he felt York were fitter than his Hull. Budgie
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6:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

joejamestom says...

A surprise to concede just 2 against opposition from the Prem with such a depleted squad available, though I worry that once the league starts in earnest that our comparative lack of depth in a number of positions will see us struggle.
Still as long as NW is prepared to act earlier than last season we should do nicely as on the whole his loan players worked out well save for a CB who was no better than Chris Smith justified his small squad policy.
Midfield & full back cover still a bit of a concern but no need to hit panic stations given a lot of clubs are still finalising their squads & I expect the Orange club to be competitive. So Cm on City keep us in the mix from day 1.
A surprise to concede just 2 against opposition from the Prem with such a depleted squad available, though I worry that once the league starts in earnest that our comparative lack of depth in a number of positions will see us struggle. Still as long as NW is prepared to act earlier than last season we should do nicely as on the whole his loan players worked out well save for a CB who was no better than Chris Smith justified his small squad policy. Midfield & full back cover still a bit of a concern but no need to hit panic stations given a lot of clubs are still finalising their squads & I expect the Orange club to be competitive. So Cm on City keep us in the mix from day 1. joejamestom
  • Score: 1

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