YORK City boss Nigel Worthington is likely to make another defensive reshuffle when Wycombe Wanderers visit Bootham Crescent on Saturday.
Summer signing Dave Winfield was given his first SkyBet League Two start of the campaign during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Exeter in tandem alongside Keith Lowe.
John McCombe, who was replaced by Winfield at half-time in the previous game against Cambridge, watched on from the bench, but could now be in line for a swift recall.
The heart of City’s defence looked vulnerable in Devon, where a less modest strike-force might have cashed in more fully than the Grecians managed.
Wycombe will arrive in North Yorkshire having averaged exactly two goals a game during their opening four League fixtures with only top-of-the-table Morecambe and highly-fancied Shrewsbury having netted more in the division.
Midfielder Peter Murphy, a summer signing from Accrington, has already scored three goals and Worthington will be looking for an improved rearguard display as the Minstermen search for their first clean sheet of the season.
Long-serving Dan Parslow, also a substitute at St James Park, could be another option for Worthington, although the fact he has not played a competitive game since suffering cruciate ligament damage in mid-November could count against him.
Said Worthington: “It wasn’t a convincing performance and will be something I look at for this Saturday.”
The City chief will, though, be hoping for the same level of set-piece quality from Luke Summerfield that he delivered in Devon, while also instructing the ex-Shrewsbury midfielder to impose himself in open play.
Worthington added: “Luke has a good delivery, which was something we were possibly missing during the first three games. He and Russell Penn have also got to keep on top of the rest of the game and stamp their authority on that midfield department.”