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York City chief plays hard ball on ‘soft’ side
KEEPING clean sheets is the responsibility of every member of York City’s starting 11, said manager Nigel Worthington.
The Minstermen boss has called on his side to cut out the “soft goals” that have blighted them at times during the Sky Bet League Two season.
Aware of the need for a fast start at Cheltenham Town today as York seek to record quick back-to-back wins following Tuesday’s victory over Scunthorpe, Worthington said: “I know what we are capable of and it is about us doing it on a regular basis.
“I watch training and I know what each individual is capable of and what we are capable of collectively.
“The one thing we need to do is to stop conceding soft goals. If we stop conceding soft goals and carrying on scoring goals at the rate we are doing over the course of the season we will be in a good position.
“But that’s only if we keep clean sheets. That’s from the strikers right through to the goalkeeper. There is no individual getting away with it saying ‘it is not my job’.
“It’s everybody’s job – to keep a clean sheet for York City.”
When asked about the roles players performed, particularly from the wings as the Minstermen caused the Iron numerous problems earlier in the week, Worthington added: “I don’t think I am asking for a lot. As a football manager, I’m not asking a lot from the players.
“I am asking them to work hard, asking them to do what they can do. If that’s players running at full-backs, getting crosses in, chipping in with goals then fantastic.
“That’s what we are about.
“Everybody else thereafter, the back four and goalkeeper, is keeping clean sheets and the middle two, winning balls, breaking things up and giving it to the strikers or the wide men.”
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