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York City boss Nigel Worthington looks to improve wide areas
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington is on the lookout for a “cool head” to help the club stave off the threat of relegation from the Football League.
The Minstermen drew 0-0 at home to Rochdale last night with both teams each managing just a single shot on target.
City’s effort came in the 90th minute from John McGrath and Worthington suggested afterwards that he might look to strengthen his side’s options on the flanks having switched to a 4-4-2 formation last night.
The deadline for loan signings this season is a week on Thursday and Worthington said: “I look at our wide areas and the quality isn’t good enough.
“We’ve got to work on that and try to improve. We might look at some additions at some stage over the next couple of weeks but the players are giving their everything.
“We just need a cool head to deliver the killer pass or cross that could have got us a 1-0 win.”
On his team’s system switch after two-and-a-half years of playing 4-3-3 under Gary Mills, Worthington added: “They adapted very well.
“We’ve worked hard on it and big Michael Rankine has been instrumental in that over the last two games. He’s got to now do it in a third game because there’s no time to have a rest.
“Jason Walker came in and was tidy on the ball but needs to be more sure with his passes and get his backside in the box.”
On his team’s overall display, the new boss said: “We were well worth the point and, with a bit more quality in the final third during both halves, we could have created something to get all three.
“The commitment, energy and endeavour shown by the players can’t be faulted because I have asked them to play at a higher tempo, which isn’t easy to take to.”