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Nigel Worthington won’t stand for York City slip
YORK CITY boss Nigel Worthington will not accept any slipping standards as his side look to grab three points at Cheltenham Town tomorrow (3pm).
The Minstermen’s performance as they overwhelmed Scunthorpe in midweek has set a standard for Worthington and he has demanded his players “stretch themselves” at Whaddon Road as they bid to make it back-to-back victories in Sky Bet League Two.
“The question we have got to ask ourselves now is ‘can we do it two games in a row?’” said Worthington.
“We are coming to the fifth game in two weeks so it is about mental strength and physical strength.
“All that side of it comes in now to get through tomorrow with a good result. I watched Cheltenham the other week and it won’t be an easy game.
“There’s a situation where we can go and get a good result as long as we go and perform. I’ve said to the players that okay performances aren’t enough after what I’ve seen the other night and in one or two games.
“We have got to be stretching ourselves individually and collectively.”
He added: “I want everybody to go and give it their best every game – not one in every two games or one every three. We have got to get better than that. The chairman wants to get better, we want to get better as a team.”
Key among Worthington’s demands will be a repeat of the work rate his players put in against the Iron.
“That’s important,” he explained. “We have got to go and do the same again. We have got to harass and chase balls down, and do the ugly side of the game, to go and get the Wes Fletcher goals and where we can pinch the ball.
“We have got to look to do the same for 90 minutes.”
The City boss has a tough decision to make as to who will lead the line, with Ryan Jarvis having been rested against Scunthorpe and Fletcher and Ryan Bowman subsequently performing well.
“It’s good for the team. They are all firing and all working hard,” he said. “It’s a case of mixing and matching, keeping some people fresh and the others hungry to be in there.
“It’s an ideal scenario. It’s about people keeping a clear head, keeping their focus and, when the opportunity arises, of coming in and doing a job for the team.
“The game is no longer about 11 players. It’s about a squad. If and when I, or we, think people need a breather – and we did that with Jarvis on Tuesday because he was absolutely on his knees – then we will do it.
“Not only for him but for other people. If it means leaving someone out, and it gives someone else an opportunity, then so be it.”
Josh Carson, who was substituted during the second half of Tuesday’s victory, is a doubt with a tight hamstring.
“Josh is a little bit tender still so we will assess him today to see where he is at and make a decision as to whether he can or cannot play,” Worthington said.
The manager was thrilled to have secured an extension to Luke O’Neill’s loan deal – with parent club Burnley agreeing he can stay at Bootham Crescent until January.
“We are delighted that Burnley have agreed to that and we are grateful to them,” he said.
York City youths, meanwhile, booked a second round FA Youth Cup berth at Preston North End on Wednesday, November 13 (ko 7pm), after winning 3-0 at Macclesfield.
Tom Chamberlain, Jordan Outerbridge and Ollie Smith netted for the Minstermites.
• ADVANCE tickets are now on sale for York City’s FA Cup first round game at Bristol Rovers on Friday, November 8 (7.45pm).
Tickets for the terrace and south stand seating are £12 adults, £7 for students and over-65s and £1 for under-16s.
They are on cash sale until 4pm on Wednesday. The match is not all-ticket.
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