York City chief Nigel Worthington ready for a ‘marathon’

Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington

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YORK CITY boss Nigel Worthington wants his side to raise their standards even higher than the team that came so close to Sky Bet League Two promotion last term.

As the Minstermen’s pre-season programme came to an end with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, the former Northern Ireland manager said he could not stipulate what a good 2014/15 season could be but guaranteed his men would be hunting to win every fixture.

“It’s going to be a marathon season - 46 games - and it is tough,” Worthington said. “It is about resilience, keeping people fit, keeping the team spirit and a never-say-die attitude and if we have all of those things together we can have a good season.

“People will say ‘what’s a good season? Can we get close to the last one? Can we go beyond that?’ I don’t honestly know, because the game of football can swivel on the kick of a ball.

“All I can guarantee is that we will be doing the best we can, game in and game out, and trying to win as many as we can as well.”

Asked about the higher expectations of fans following last season’s near miss, the Minstermen boss replied: “That’s part and parcel of football. You live with that. When you have been in the game 35 years, you expect that and rightly so.

“What we have got to do after last year is up our standards and move on to the next level if we can. We have got players in the group, I think we have got a very solid group. I am very happy with that group moving forward and, with that little bit of good fortune, along with a lot of hard work and decent football into the bargain, hopefully we can win games.”

Two Ryan Jarvis goals gave City a morale-boosting victory going into this weekend's League Two opener at Tranmere but Worthington admitted he was only really satisfied with his squad’s efforts in the second half.

He explained: “We are pleased with the result, of course we are, but the first half I thought we were very lethargic, very slow motion.

“We sorted that out at half-time and there was a much better tempo in the second half. In fairness to the players, it was very hot and they played a game on Wednesday night so there may have been a little bit of tiredness in there.

“But we picked up in the second half and we looked, for me, the much better side.”

“They just weren’t right and there was no way we were going to push them,” Worthington added of Jake Hyde and Femi Ilesanmi, who were not in the York squad after picking up ankle knocks in the game against Nottingham Forest.

“They will be ready today or tomorrow. Luke Summerfield has stepped back into training on Friday. We didn’t push him too quickly and he will be in full training all of this week prior to the game.”

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1:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

redbluelion says...

take a good look at NW picture.now doe's he look like a man that dye's his hair...i don't think so...you idiot.
take a good look at NW picture.now doe's he look like a man that dye's his hair...i don't think so...you idiot. redbluelion
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2:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

Havent had a good WHOOOOOOOOOSHHHHHH in ages.
Havent had a good WHOOOOOOOOOSHHHHHH in ages. Fat Harry
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7:55pm Mon 4 Aug 14

yorkandproud says...

Norman Van Hoogstraten wrote:
Does Nigel Worthington dye his hair?
Why don't you ask him mate. Have you got your own teeth ?
[quote][p][bold]Norman Van Hoogstraten[/bold] wrote: Does Nigel Worthington dye his hair?[/p][/quote]Why don't you ask him mate. Have you got your own teeth ? yorkandproud
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9:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

RooBeck says...

A marathon is likely, the three automatic promotion teams last term weren't sure of their places until the last couple of games and it is likely to be similar this season. What would be good, is to get off to a confident, winning start and get some early points on the doors and try to do a Chesterfield, Scunny, Dale and keep those automatic places well within our sights throughout the season and show that we are one of the top teams in League 2. COYR.
A marathon is likely, the three automatic promotion teams last term weren't sure of their places until the last couple of games and it is likely to be similar this season. What would be good, is to get off to a confident, winning start and get some early points on the doors and try to do a Chesterfield, Scunny, Dale and keep those automatic places well within our sights throughout the season and show that we are one of the top teams in League 2. COYR. RooBeck
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3:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Monks Boss says...

I believe in Nigel he got us into the play offs when we were staring relegation in the face.I think the squad has assembled look strong but so do alot of other teams in our division.It's going to be harder than last season.I still think our weak link is the goalkeeper if only Pope had stayed.Good Luck lads!
I believe in Nigel he got us into the play offs when we were staring relegation in the face.I think the squad has assembled look strong but so do alot of other teams in our division.It's going to be harder than last season.I still think our weak link is the goalkeeper if only Pope had stayed.Good Luck lads! Monks Boss
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7:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

Monks Boss wrote:
I believe in Nigel he got us into the play offs when we were staring relegation in the face.I think the squad has assembled look strong but so do alot of other teams in our division.It's going to be harder than last season.I still think our weak link is the goalkeeper if only Pope had stayed.Good Luck lads!
A matter of record he did but frightened the life out of us coming up to Christmas with a team that just about get a goal a game but drew far too much. I think he will have learned a lot & will ring in the changes far sooner with loan players hence an apparently thread bare squad with budget available to cover injuries or under performing players well I hope that is the case with for me mid field being the vital area.
[quote][p][bold]Monks Boss[/bold] wrote: I believe in Nigel he got us into the play offs when we were staring relegation in the face.I think the squad has assembled look strong but so do alot of other teams in our division.It's going to be harder than last season.I still think our weak link is the goalkeeper if only Pope had stayed.Good Luck lads![/p][/quote]A matter of record he did but frightened the life out of us coming up to Christmas with a team that just about get a goal a game but drew far too much. I think he will have learned a lot & will ring in the changes far sooner with loan players hence an apparently thread bare squad with budget available to cover injuries or under performing players well I hope that is the case with for me mid field being the vital area. joejamestom
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