Manager Nigel Worthington rues York City's harsh exit from Johnstone's Paint Trophy (From York Press)
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Manager Nigel Worthington rues York City's harsh exit from Johnstone's Paint Trophy
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington felt his side were unfortunate to lose 3-0 at home to Rotherham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night.
The Minstermen trailed 1-0 at the break following an unlucky own goal by Chris Smith.
Wes Fletcher also had a goal ruled offside in a marginal decision on the stroke of half-time while Lewis Montrose was harshly penalised for the second-half spot kick that Kieran Agard converted for the Millers.
An Alex Revell header then secured a flattering win for the League One side with Worthington saying: “I am not too disappointed because we were looking for a good performance and that’s what we got. We had a really good go at them but they had the rub of the green.
“The own goal was one of those scenarios you get in football that you can do little about and I am not sure about the offside decision. I thought the linesman was trying to catch up with play when he gave it and the penalty they got looked harsh as well.
“But Rotherham have moved up a division and have added a bit more quality to their group. We are trying to build some momentum in our division and I don’t want this result to detract from our last three performances in the League.”
Worthington reinstated Montrose following a one-match ban and also recalled trio Smith, Ashley Chambers and Tom Platt to the starting line-up with Josh Carson and Ryan Brobbel on Northern Ireland under-21 international duty and David McGurk rested.
The City chief said: “It was important they came in and appreciated the level of performance that is required to try to keep the momentum we have built going. I don’t think they took anything away from that level of performance and that is good to know when we get any more knocks or suspensions.”
Youth-team midfielder Cameron Murray, meanwhile, was given his debut as a 75th-minute substitute.
Worthington said: “He’s been bright for the youth team and in and around the first-team group. He’s a footballer who is neat and tidy.
“I like to give youngsters debuts and opportunities in the first team and, at 3-0 down, I thought it was a good time to give him a taste of it. That’s the only way you find out about youth-team players, to see if they can deal with it. It’s the ones that survive who come through.”
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