York City players urged to ‘lay down a marker’ against table-toppers Oxford United

York Press: Nigel Worthington Nigel Worthington

YORK City manager Nigel Worthington has called on his players to “lay down a marker” by ending Oxford United’s unbeaten away record in Sky Bet League Two.

The U’s have won six and drawn three on their league travels this term but Worthington believes his team are capable of rising to the occasion tomorrow at Bootham Crescent.

From the sides currently occupying the top seven places in the division, the Minstermen have beaten Scunthorpe 4-1 and led against both Chesterfield and Burton before being forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

On his team’s chances against the present leaders, Worthington said: “It’s a great challenge but, if we perform how we can, we can get a result and it’s a great chance for us to lay down a marker to show what we are about.

“The table tells you they are a good side but we have held our own against the top three or four teams and we must be positive and turn up mentally right from 1.30pm tomorrow.

“That is important because, even if one player is not ready mentally and has a blip, that can cost you.

“We need to put them on the back foot and go at them but, because of what they have got up front, they will have chances and we have got to deal with that and put our heads in where it hurts.”

Worthington also feels that Oxford offer a good example of what could be achieved at Bootham Crescent given patience and stability.

The U’s boss Chris Wilder is now the fifth-longest serving manager in English professional football after Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale.

Following three seasons of mid-table finishes since their Conference play-off final victory over Martin Foyle’s Minstermen in 2010, the club are now making a concerted push for promotion.

Worthington added: “After 18 months in the League, we are in a transitional period and it’s a gradual thing.

“We are learning, adjusting, adding to and acclimatising but everybody knows football is ruthless and does not wait for anybody.

“We would like more points than we have got but it’s a fine line and we have just got to turn those draws into wins.

“We want to get into a healthy position and take the pressure off towards the end of the season.

“We have been playing well and maybe we need to play indifferently and pick up three points but I prefer to put in a good performance and get a result.”

City will be without the suspended Ryan Bowman tomorrow, while centre-backs Dan Parslow and Chris Smith remain sidelined but ’keeper Michael Ingham could be back in the squad as he attempts to shrug off his hip flexor problem.

“Hopefully, Michael might be available to be in and around the group tomorrow,” the City boss said.

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12:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

studentsontour says...

Bowman still banned; do we ever know if he was punished by the club. As for Oxford tomorrow a very tough game, a point would represent a good result, I know its another draw, but Oxford are flying away from home, big crowd... 4500. Final note, I agree with the Oxford comment / Wilder, I still think Nigel is our man however I am sure Oxford are a slightly better structured club, better facilities etc
Bowman still banned; do we ever know if he was punished by the club. As for Oxford tomorrow a very tough game, a point would represent a good result, I know its another draw, but Oxford are flying away from home, big crowd... 4500. Final note, I agree with the Oxford comment / Wilder, I still think Nigel is our man however I am sure Oxford are a slightly better structured club, better facilities etc studentsontour

12:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Delighted to hear that we will "Go at them tomorrow".
Delighted to hear that we will "Go at them tomorrow". ian923

12:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Sir Alex says...

A good friend of mine is a Wolves fan and young Aaron is very highly rated. He told me that Hennessey (Wolves sub keeper) would be on his way in January (West Ham??) so Aaron will be required back unfortunately.

On tomorrow then I am expecting a rip roaring City performance, plenty of pressing high up the park, with a result similar to the last time Oxford came to the Crescent as table toppers ( 3 - 1 I believe).

Come on lads - give us an early Christmas present!!
A good friend of mine is a Wolves fan and young Aaron is very highly rated. He told me that Hennessey (Wolves sub keeper) would be on his way in January (West Ham??) so Aaron will be required back unfortunately. On tomorrow then I am expecting a rip roaring City performance, plenty of pressing high up the park, with a result similar to the last time Oxford came to the Crescent as table toppers ( 3 - 1 I believe). Come on lads - give us an early Christmas present!! Sir Alex

4:54pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Phil, Leeds says...

I remember 14 or 15 years ago on this corresponding Saturday City beating Man City 2-1. Winning goal, if I remember correctly, scored by a young lad coming on as sub and scoring with his first ever touch in league football. Think he was Andrew Dawson. No reason why we can't beat Oxford tomorrow but need to be positive.
I remember 14 or 15 years ago on this corresponding Saturday City beating Man City 2-1. Winning goal, if I remember correctly, scored by a young lad coming on as sub and scoring with his first ever touch in league football. Think he was Andrew Dawson. No reason why we can't beat Oxford tomorrow but need to be positive. Phil, Leeds

5:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pip007 says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
I remember 14 or 15 years ago on this corresponding Saturday City beating Man City 2-1. Winning goal, if I remember correctly, scored by a young lad coming on as sub and scoring with his first ever touch in league football. Think he was Andrew Dawson. No reason why we can't beat Oxford tomorrow but need to be positive.
Good memory. It was 19th December, 1998. Here's the highlights on YouTube. http://bit.ly/JLdICR
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: I remember 14 or 15 years ago on this corresponding Saturday City beating Man City 2-1. Winning goal, if I remember correctly, scored by a young lad coming on as sub and scoring with his first ever touch in league football. Think he was Andrew Dawson. No reason why we can't beat Oxford tomorrow but need to be positive.[/p][/quote]Good memory. It was 19th December, 1998. Here's the highlights on YouTube. http://bit.ly/JLdICR pip007

6:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PhilR@Strike says...

ian923 wrote:
Delighted to hear that we will "Go at them tomorrow".
Good thing for us is Oxford play a negative game.
Often happy to sit back if 1-0 up.
Kitson is the danger man in midfield. Not as good as he used to be, but big and strong. Bit of a dirty player and happy throw his weight about.
Easy to wind up mind.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Delighted to hear that we will "Go at them tomorrow".[/p][/quote]Good thing for us is Oxford play a negative game. Often happy to sit back if 1-0 up. Kitson is the danger man in midfield. Not as good as he used to be, but big and strong. Bit of a dirty player and happy throw his weight about. Easy to wind up mind. PhilR@Strike

6:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

paddymacwakey says...

quote from Worthington,put them on the back foot and go at them.he had better not pick a negative formation tomorrow.he has got to start with brobbel,fletcher,car
son and Jarvis,just a pity bowman is still suspended.
quote from Worthington,put them on the back foot and go at them.he had better not pick a negative formation tomorrow.he has got to start with brobbel,fletcher,car son and Jarvis,just a pity bowman is still suspended. paddymacwakey

7:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pip007 says...

Oxford is my number 2 team, and that's exactly where I hope they end up tomorrow - second!
Oxford is my number 2 team, and that's exactly where I hope they end up tomorrow - second! pip007

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