Worthington in warning to York City squad ahead of Mansfield Town clash

Worthington in warning to squad ahead of Stags clash

Worthington in warning to squad ahead of Stags clash

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON has warned his underperforming York City stars he won’t stand for a repeat of last weekend’s horror show against AFC Wimbledon when Mansfield Town come to Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

“I never ask the players to do, or give, something they are not able to do,” said the Minstermen boss.

“As long as they give me, the football club and the supporters 100 per cent commitment I can live with that. I can’t live with what I saw last week from a number of players.”

Worthington made his squad sit through the ‘video nasty’ on Monday of the 2-0 Sky Bet League Two loss to the Dons – “we as a staff had to watch it, the supporters had to watch it, so I thought it was only right the players watched it,” he said – and he is demanding huge improvements.

“The main thing we have been focusing on is to make sure we don’t have a repeat of last week,” he added. “It’s pure and simple.

“If we are looking for a model I would like to work off, it would be the Northampton game. That’s a lot of hard work, a lot quality, a lot of commitment, a lot of effort and that needs to be ongoing.

“We can do it. We have proved that and that’s got to be on an ongoing basis. We can’t do it every three or four games.

“We played well for 70 minutes at Bristol Rovers, played well for the duration of the game at Exeter, and got nothing from them so we have got to be more ruthless.

“I won’t be having (a repeat of) last week for a while. I won’t stand for it.”

Of primary concern for Worthington is to cut out the “poor” goals he believes his side are conceding week in and week out.

He explained: “I can go back to Dagenham. Even take the Burnley game. You don’t concede any good goals but there is not a goal that we have conceded where you hold your hands up and say ‘that was good football’.

“Every goal we have conceded up to now has been poor on our behalf and that comes through a lack of focus and desire to not let it happen.

“It’s not just the back four. It is as a team. We have to defend as a team much, much better. The amount of times this season we have been on the attack – like the first goal last week where Ashley Chambers is going up the left, cuts in into the box, gives the ball away, it’s a long ball up and goal.

“You don’t see that in Sunday morning football, and if you do you would be horrified, let alone League football.”

Worthington continued: “If the players are frustrated (about last week’s performance) they can get that out of their head because I don’t have any sympathy for them.

“It’s about working hard, sticking together as a group, and working towards moving forward and getting results.

“That’s not an easy situation because Mansfield will come here and will be big and strong. They will be aggressive and we have got to match that. We have been far too nice.

“We have got to roll our sleeves up, be up for the fight, and go and make sure we do what we are good at.

“We can do it but you look at last week and you take your foot off the pedal and that’s what happens. I suppose it is a little bit like golf. You think you have cracked it and the minute you do you get a slap.

“I honesty feel Northampton was the barometer for me for where we want to be. I think after that game some players, taking their eye off the ball, were thinking ‘good result, good player, don’t need to do it’. Wrong.”

Worthington is hoping to be able to call on striker Wes Fletcher, while David McGurk will be assessed tomorrow.

On Richard Cresswell, he said: “We’ll have a look with the eye situation he has got. We will assess him and do what is right for him.

“If he is happy, he will get involved, if he is not happy we will have to leave it.”

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11:38am Fri 13 Sep 13

A Horsman says...

Neither will the fans Nigel, one more performance like last week and you should keep your word and quit.
Neither will the fans Nigel, one more performance like last week and you should keep your word and quit. A Horsman
  • Score: -38

12:31pm Fri 13 Sep 13

ian923 says...

At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.
At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far. ian923
  • Score: 14

12:55pm Fri 13 Sep 13

A Horsman says...

ian923 wrote:
At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.
Didn't take Sir Alex to recognise City were dire ,last week.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.[/p][/quote]Didn't take Sir Alex to recognise City were dire ,last week. A Horsman
  • Score: -19

1:48pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Tug job says...

A Horsman wrote:
Neither will the fans Nigel, one more performance like last week and you should keep your word and quit.
Rather than just repeating the same negative posts, we all get that you don't rate NW, why don't you make some positive suggestions for the future? Obviously loans and transfers are restricted to designated periods of the season and we have a limited budget, but varying your constant moaning would at least be refreshing for the rest of us. You never know, you might even cheer yourself up!
[quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: Neither will the fans Nigel, one more performance like last week and you should keep your word and quit.[/p][/quote]Rather than just repeating the same negative posts, we all get that you don't rate NW, why don't you make some positive suggestions for the future? Obviously loans and transfers are restricted to designated periods of the season and we have a limited budget, but varying your constant moaning would at least be refreshing for the rest of us. You never know, you might even cheer yourself up! Tug job
  • Score: 26

1:56pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Fergie says...

Fair enough assessment by NW and hope the warning has the desired effect. What he has to remember though is it's his team, his signings and the responsibility is with him if the players aren't performing. No more excuses tomorrow. Would like to see a much more attack minded 442 especialy at home and the negative 451 tactics are long overdue a rest thanks. Also Parslow, last season player of the year needs to start in his best position CB alongside Smith. We need to add some experience back into the backline IMO. Would like to see us on the front foot tomorrow starting with a higher tempo. Carson and Puri on the wings should cause them lots of problems hopefuly. Time for us as supporters to stay with the team and "Keep the faith" we are due a performance !
Fair enough assessment by NW and hope the warning has the desired effect. What he has to remember though is it's his team, his signings and the responsibility is with him if the players aren't performing. No more excuses tomorrow. Would like to see a much more attack minded 442 especialy at home and the negative 451 tactics are long overdue a rest thanks. Also Parslow, last season player of the year needs to start in his best position CB alongside Smith. We need to add some experience back into the backline IMO. Would like to see us on the front foot tomorrow starting with a higher tempo. Carson and Puri on the wings should cause them lots of problems hopefuly. Time for us as supporters to stay with the team and "Keep the faith" we are due a performance ! Fergie
  • Score: 9

2:23pm Fri 13 Sep 13

bill bailey says...

A Horsman wrote:
ian923 wrote:
At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.
Didn't take Sir Alex to recognise City were dire ,last week.
HORSMAN,YOU ARE A FIRST CLASS IDIOT, You don't know what your talking about, but i'm sure most of the rest on here will forgive for that,why don't you just go to Gateshead and cheer them,and write the same rubbish you do on here.
[quote][p][bold]A Horsman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.[/p][/quote]Didn't take Sir Alex to recognise City were dire ,last week.[/p][/quote]HORSMAN,YOU ARE A FIRST CLASS IDIOT, You don't know what your talking about, but i'm sure most of the rest on here will forgive for that,why don't you just go to Gateshead and cheer them,and write the same rubbish you do on here. bill bailey
  • Score: 10

2:40pm Fri 13 Sep 13

dadster says...

ian923 wrote:
At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.
I don't think he had much choice to be honest. You simply can't defend that level of performance but last week has gone and we need to look forward.

Will be interesting to see the starting line-up but for me whoever starts we simply have to be positive and attack minded tomorrow and try to get the crowd vocal in support of the team. We need to set a high tempo from the start.

We need a win obviously but for me it's equally important we put on a level of performance that shows potential moving forward and allows everyone to put firmly behind us the last 2 homes games.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: At least NW has been honest about last weeks poor performance. I believe most managers would simply have defended the players. Crowd number will be interesting tomorrow both as a result of the last 2 performances at home and the requirement for a ticket. I hope Wes Fletcher is fit as he is not short on effort when he plays but has been unlucky with injury so far.[/p][/quote]I don't think he had much choice to be honest. You simply can't defend that level of performance but last week has gone and we need to look forward. Will be interesting to see the starting line-up but for me whoever starts we simply have to be positive and attack minded tomorrow and try to get the crowd vocal in support of the team. We need to set a high tempo from the start. We need a win obviously but for me it's equally important we put on a level of performance that shows potential moving forward and allows everyone to put firmly behind us the last 2 homes games. dadster
  • Score: 7

3:05pm Fri 13 Sep 13

RooBeck says...

Mansfield have still quite a few players in their squad who played in May last-year against us (plus the manager, Paul Cox) and with memories still fresh, they will undoubtedly be looking to turn us over on the back of a current run of form/confidence. So, we really do need to set the pace and direction of this game and this will only be achieved with a fast-moving, attacking performance, together with the Back Four been tightened-up, with perhaps a place for Danny P and if fit, Dave McGurk and a creative, controlling midfield. Also, we need to go with two strikers - hopefully Fletcher and Cresswell will be fit and one to play alongside Jarvis. No faint-hearts on the pitch tomorrow - we must go for it and show that we want to win and put last weeks shambles behind us and if we do, who know's, there might be a top of the range roadster in it for Nigel!! COYR.
Mansfield have still quite a few players in their squad who played in May last-year against us (plus the manager, Paul Cox) and with memories still fresh, they will undoubtedly be looking to turn us over on the back of a current run of form/confidence. So, we really do need to set the pace and direction of this game and this will only be achieved with a fast-moving, attacking performance, together with the Back Four been tightened-up, with perhaps a place for Danny P and if fit, Dave McGurk and a creative, controlling midfield. Also, we need to go with two strikers - hopefully Fletcher and Cresswell will be fit and one to play alongside Jarvis. No faint-hearts on the pitch tomorrow - we must go for it and show that we want to win and put last weeks shambles behind us and if we do, who know's, there might be a top of the range roadster in it for Nigel!! COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Fri 13 Sep 13

eborexile says...

Hopefully the only hoarseman on these pages will be one who's lost his voice cheering on the team.
Hopefully the only hoarseman on these pages will be one who's lost his voice cheering on the team. eborexile
  • Score: -2

3:21pm Fri 13 Sep 13

yorkiemike says...

No excuses tomorrow we need 110% effort from the team.Agree with the comment that Parslow should start at centre back,we look a lot more solid with him playing there.
Anybody`s guess what the line up will be but it will be a tough game.The players will be nervous and anxious but they have to come up with the goods to satisfy us,otherwise the crowd will get on their backs.
No excuses tomorrow we need 110% effort from the team.Agree with the comment that Parslow should start at centre back,we look a lot more solid with him playing there. Anybody`s guess what the line up will be but it will be a tough game.The players will be nervous and anxious but they have to come up with the goods to satisfy us,otherwise the crowd will get on their backs. yorkiemike
  • Score: -1

3:34pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Tug job says...

eborexile wrote:
Hopefully the only hoarseman on these pages will be one who's lost his voice cheering on the team.
You're booked: next!
[quote][p][bold]eborexile[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the only hoarseman on these pages will be one who's lost his voice cheering on the team.[/p][/quote]You're booked: next! Tug job
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Fri 13 Sep 13

YCFC am byth says...

For A Horsman read A Dick. Probaby a Luton supporter and this is his only stage to be part of a football league team. Go back to the outlaws!
For A Horsman read A Dick. Probaby a Luton supporter and this is his only stage to be part of a football league team. Go back to the outlaws! YCFC am byth
  • Score: 10

4:31pm Fri 13 Sep 13

chuckabuttie says...

Last of my 3 games before returning over the pond next Wednesday. I have been in denial over last Saturday and now all I want is a positive committed performance. I'd even take a 5-4 loss if all 11 put in a shift.

I still believe........ (just)
Last of my 3 games before returning over the pond next Wednesday. I have been in denial over last Saturday and now all I want is a positive committed performance. I'd even take a 5-4 loss if all 11 put in a shift. I still believe........ (just) chuckabuttie
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Tug job says...

chuckabuttie wrote:
Last of my 3 games before returning over the pond next Wednesday. I have been in denial over last Saturday and now all I want is a positive committed performance. I'd even take a 5-4 loss if all 11 put in a shift.

I still believe........ (just)
I fly back to Chicago on Tuesday and won't be back until just before Xmas, so let's have those three points!
[quote][p][bold]chuckabuttie[/bold] wrote: Last of my 3 games before returning over the pond next Wednesday. I have been in denial over last Saturday and now all I want is a positive committed performance. I'd even take a 5-4 loss if all 11 put in a shift. I still believe........ (just)[/p][/quote]I fly back to Chicago on Tuesday and won't be back until just before Xmas, so let's have those three points! Tug job
  • Score: 4

6:06pm Fri 13 Sep 13

duffy says...

Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end.
Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end. duffy
  • Score: 4

6:38pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Tug job says...

duffy wrote:
Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end.
:)
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end.[/p][/quote]:) Tug job
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach!
Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach! Mad for Minstermen
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Fri 13 Sep 13

ian923 says...

I am amazed at the about turn by the Club who will now sell tickets on match day to both sets of fans. The original decision for an all ticket game was farcical then. Now it seems even more farcical that a health and safety assessment is based on lower than expected ticket sales thus allowing match day sales. It,s more about money than H and S obviously because the ground was never ever going to full to capacity or even close to that. The Club needs to explain all the ticket decisions to supporters who pay their hard earned money.
I am amazed at the about turn by the Club who will now sell tickets on match day to both sets of fans. The original decision for an all ticket game was farcical then. Now it seems even more farcical that a health and safety assessment is based on lower than expected ticket sales thus allowing match day sales. It,s more about money than H and S obviously because the ground was never ever going to full to capacity or even close to that. The Club needs to explain all the ticket decisions to supporters who pay their hard earned money. ian923
  • Score: -1

8:09pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Fergie says...

duffy wrote:
Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end.
Farce but funny though well played YCFC admin team ! Gold stars all round !
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: Due to poor ticket sales the club have reversed the decision to make tomorrows game all ticket. One turnstile open at the home end.[/p][/quote]Farce but funny though well played YCFC admin team ! Gold stars all round ! Fergie
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 13 Sep 13

openallhours says...

Prediction for tomorrow... 2-1 to City with 4300 watching.
Prediction for tomorrow... 2-1 to City with 4300 watching. openallhours
  • Score: 2

9:30am Sat 14 Sep 13

bill bailey says...

Mad for Minstermen wrote:
Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach!
SO YOUR SAYING HORSMAN is a nice guy, knows what he's talking about and, true city supporter to the death,and your taking his side ? if that's what your saying your two of a kind, I must have questioned you in the past ,have I ?,
[quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach![/p][/quote]SO YOUR SAYING HORSMAN is a nice guy, knows what he's talking about and, true city supporter to the death,and your taking his side ? if that's what your saying your two of a kind, I must have questioned you in the past ,have I ?, bill bailey
  • Score: -1

11:30am Sat 14 Sep 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

bill bailey wrote:
Mad for Minstermen wrote:
Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach!
SO YOUR SAYING HORSMAN is a nice guy, knows what he's talking about and, true city supporter to the death,and your taking his side ? if that's what your saying your two of a kind, I must have questioned you in the past ,have I ?,
Again Bill, name calling, were you the school bully. Not picking sides, just picking up on last season when you were name called and took umbridge. Just practise what you preach. I thought you were above that, obviously I was wrong.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: Wow, Bill, I can't believe you are name calling after you castigated people for calling you after some of your postings on here in the past. Why not practise what you preach![/p][/quote]SO YOUR SAYING HORSMAN is a nice guy, knows what he's talking about and, true city supporter to the death,and your taking his side ? if that's what your saying your two of a kind, I must have questioned you in the past ,have I ?,[/p][/quote]Again Bill, name calling, were you the school bully. Not picking sides, just picking up on last season when you were name called and took umbridge. Just practise what you preach. I thought you were above that, obviously I was wrong. Mad for Minstermen
  • Score: -1

11:49am Sat 14 Sep 13

SelseyBill says...

Lets support the team, it's what supporters are supposed to do.
Lets support the team, it's what supporters are supposed to do. SelseyBill
  • Score: 1

11:55am Sat 14 Sep 13

SelseyBill says...

I am long time (60years) long distance supporter. I hope the results start coming. My last game was at Wembley when City were beaten. Did not stop me and my grandson having a good experience. would go to every game if I still lived in York. Tommy Forgan was my hero. Lets keep fighting so that the Happy Wanderers can make some more history Up the City.
I am long time (60years) long distance supporter. I hope the results start coming. My last game was at Wembley when City were beaten. Did not stop me and my grandson having a good experience. would go to every game if I still lived in York. Tommy Forgan was my hero. Lets keep fighting so that the Happy Wanderers can make some more history Up the City. SelseyBill
  • Score: 0

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