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York City boss Nigel Worthington rallies squad for hectic League Two schedule
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington told his players they have no time to feel sorry for themselves following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Newport County.
The Minstermen went down to goals from Chris Zebroski, Lee Minshull and Danny Crow, ending a three-game unbeaten run in League Two that had seen the club take seven points from a possible nine.
But Worthington does not want any member of his squad to dwell on the weekend’s result as his team prepare for a busy period of four games in 12 days.
City return to action with a trip to table-topping Chesterfield on Tuesday and then host fifth-placed Fleetwood on Saturday. A visit from Scunthorpe for the rearranged Bootham Crescent clash is then next on the agenda a week on Tuesday before Cheltenham is the destination for Worthington’s men four days later.
On the loss at Rodney Parade and his team’s upcoming schedule, Worthington said: “I don’t think we played as well as we can do or have done, and we huffed and puffed a bit.
“The first goal came from our attack when Josh (Carson) was unable to put the ball in the net. They have then gone up the other end and scored. That summed the game up.
“I could not question the honesty and endeavour, but I was disappointed by the three goals. They were not good ones to concede.
“It would have also been nice to go in 1-0 down at half-time instead of 2-0. That would have given us something more to go at in the second half.
“Instead, that second goal gave us a mountain to climb, which we are capable of doing, but we only flashed things around their goal and did not create any real openings. Our feet are now firmly back on the ground though and we have got to move on.
“We have a big game on Tuesday and have got to get ready for that. The games will be coming thick and fast in the next fortnight so there’s no time for licking wounds.”
Heavy pre-match rain meant the early exchanges were played out on a saturated surface and one shaded section of the pitch did not dry out for the entire 90 minutes.
But Worthington was in no mood to blame the weather for his side’s shortcomings, saying: “I won’t turn to the conditions for excuses.
“They were the same for both teams. They worked in Newport’s favour for the first goal when the ball might have gone out for a goal kick normally but I am just disappointed we did not do a bit more.”
The City chief will also be looking for more disciplined play from the central areas of the pitch at Chesterfield.
Lewis Montrose and Elliott Whitehouse were paired together again in the visitors’ engine room at Newport, but Worthington added: “The game was very open and our two central midfielders were not sitting in enough away from home to keep things tight.
“At times, they had five or six players running at our back four and we will have to tidy up on that.”
With Ben Davies not making the trip to South Wales due to illness, Jamal Fyfield was handed his first League start of the campaign.
Ashley Chambers was also preferred to Ryan Brobbel on the flank and, on the pair’s contributions, Worthington said: “Ben Davies had tonsillitis but, hopefully, he will be completely better now.
“Jamal did a job for us though. He has got a lovely left foot and he did his bit.
“Ryan Brobbel had been away on international duty for ten days and had done a lot of travelling so Chambo came in as well, but I would like to see him be more direct. He is coming infield too much and I want to see him attack his full-back more to see what happens.”
On-loan right-back Luke O’Neill, meanwhile, retained his place despite Lanre Oyebanjo being available again following a thigh injury.
The latter did not make the bench either, with Worthington explaining: “Lanre was fine. I just decided to go with Luke O’Neill because he has done very well for us.”
Worthington also reserved his biggest praise for the 310 City fans who made the 480-mile round trip. “The support was absolutely magnificent and very much appreciated,” he said. “I am just disappointed we did not give them anything to go back home with.”
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