'The wins will come' says York City boss Nigel Worthington after fifth successive Sky Bet League Two draw

York Press: York City boss Nigel Worthington York City boss Nigel Worthington

NIGEL Worthington insisted his team were not playing for draws after York City shared the spoils for a fifth successive game at Accrington Stanley.

Honours have also now ended even in eight of the Minstermen’s last ten winless matches but City chief Worthington declared that he is not placing a priority on avoiding defeat over claiming maximum points from fixtures.

The Minstermen went ahead at the Crown Ground when Wes Fletcher grabbed his eighth goal of the season from the penalty spot on 35 minutes.

But Stanley levelled through George Bowerman in stoppage time, meaning City have now surrendered 16 points from winning positions this term.

On his team’s current form, Worthington said: “We want to win every game and we are setting out to do that. Hopefully, it will come but all the clubs at this level are fighting for their lives and not giving much away - like ourselves.

“We probably did not play as well as we have been doing at Accrington and they have been on a good run so it was good to pick up a point. We have been playing well and getting points instead of all three but, if we take out on to the pitch what we are working on at the training ground, we will get there and the good side of things is we are not getting beaten.”

City conceded after giving away possession as the interval loomed and that irritated Worthington, who added: “I think Luke O’Neill lost the ball three-quarters of the way up the pitch when we should have been looking to make them turn towards their own goal.”

The Minstermen chief reserved his biggest praise, meanwhile, for the 717-strong contingent of travelling fans, who made up more than a third of the Boxing Day attendance.

Paying tribute to his team’s supporters, Worthington said: “It was a fantastic effort from the York supporters and very much appreciated.

“It was great for them to come and give up their time to support us and, while it was not our best performance over 90 minutes in the last month or so, they at least got a gritty performance from the players.”

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3:24am Fri 27 Dec 13

Exiled1 says...

4 wins out of 22, despite having brought in half a team of loanees to supplement the underperfoming side he put together at the start of the season. Not good at all.
The side is crying out for a bit of quality from midfield. If this isnt addressed in the January window we will be flirting with relegation again come the end of the season.
4 wins out of 22, despite having brought in half a team of loanees to supplement the underperfoming side he put together at the start of the season. Not good at all. The side is crying out for a bit of quality from midfield. If this isnt addressed in the January window we will be flirting with relegation again come the end of the season. Exiled1

7:41am Fri 27 Dec 13

roobarb85 says...

You do get the feeling that the team could come good with just one key win, and draws vs Oxford and Rochdale - and the general unpredictability of results throughout the division - shows that there's not much between any of the clubs. That's the glass half-full argument.

On the other hand, we don't own half of the squad playing, a total dismantling of the squad and change of playing style has brought no effective change to league position and security in defence and creativity in midfield remain lacking.

Some say our problems are financial - well if we can't do the biz against Stanley and Bury - 2 teams that really do have money troubles - then things are bad.

Remaining optimistic - but that optimism is sorely tested.
You do get the feeling that the team could come good with just one key win, and draws vs Oxford and Rochdale - and the general unpredictability of results throughout the division - shows that there's not much between any of the clubs. That's the glass half-full argument. On the other hand, we don't own half of the squad playing, a total dismantling of the squad and change of playing style has brought no effective change to league position and security in defence and creativity in midfield remain lacking. Some say our problems are financial - well if we can't do the biz against Stanley and Bury - 2 teams that really do have money troubles - then things are bad. Remaining optimistic - but that optimism is sorely tested. roobarb85

10:00am Fri 27 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

What a tremendous show of support with over 700 fans travelling to Accrington on Boxing Day. To take this many fans without the benefit of public transport is amazing. We just need to transfer that passion onto the pitch, and we will be in with a chance.
What a tremendous show of support with over 700 fans travelling to Accrington on Boxing Day. To take this many fans without the benefit of public transport is amazing. We just need to transfer that passion onto the pitch, and we will be in with a chance. OLD - HEAD

10:29am Fri 27 Dec 13

Koala says...

Yesterday's performance proved a point. We are where we deserve to be - slightly worse off than Accrington. Even playing towards a large following City failed to inspire in the first half and got worse in the second. Substitutions only made matters worse and we were lucky to get a point. No more panic signings in January please. Lowe is no better than Smith just lucky to have not been punished for his mistakes. One thing that needs to improve is our conversion rate of corners and free kicks. We have won our fair share recently and generally the delivery has been good but no one is getting close to scoring from them. The tactic seems to be to pack the area with players who all run around like headless chickens with no one actually attacking the ball and no one picking up seconds.
The season is beginning to look very much like last and a point a game average will not be enough.
Yesterday's performance proved a point. We are where we deserve to be - slightly worse off than Accrington. Even playing towards a large following City failed to inspire in the first half and got worse in the second. Substitutions only made matters worse and we were lucky to get a point. No more panic signings in January please. Lowe is no better than Smith just lucky to have not been punished for his mistakes. One thing that needs to improve is our conversion rate of corners and free kicks. We have won our fair share recently and generally the delivery has been good but no one is getting close to scoring from them. The tactic seems to be to pack the area with players who all run around like headless chickens with no one actually attacking the ball and no one picking up seconds. The season is beginning to look very much like last and a point a game average will not be enough. Koala

11:02am Fri 27 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

NW is steering City into the league position that suits his coaching skills, that of a relegation battle, where draws and low scoring are acceptable. Any thoughts of City being a winning goal machine under NW are pie-in-the-sky! When third from bottom is your goal, the season's a right off.
NW is steering City into the league position that suits his coaching skills, that of a relegation battle, where draws and low scoring are acceptable. Any thoughts of City being a winning goal machine under NW are pie-in-the-sky! When third from bottom is your goal, the season's a right off. Garrowby Turnoff

11:29am Fri 27 Dec 13

yorkonafork says...

Lowe is no better than Smith!? Think you need to stop posting on the Press website, Chris, and get back to training.
Lowe is no better than Smith!? Think you need to stop posting on the Press website, Chris, and get back to training. yorkonafork

11:45am Fri 27 Dec 13

Tug job says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
NW is steering City into the league position that suits his coaching skills, that of a relegation battle, where draws and low scoring are acceptable. Any thoughts of City being a winning goal machine under NW are pie-in-the-sky! When third from bottom is your goal, the season's a right off.
Perhaps you should tell that to Torquay, Portsmouth and Scunthorpe supporters? Yes, we were lucky to get a point yesterday (I was among the 700) but one point is better than no point at all, especially against the division's form team. Things will look better after a couple of wins on the bounce, hopefully starting on Sunday. COYR
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: NW is steering City into the league position that suits his coaching skills, that of a relegation battle, where draws and low scoring are acceptable. Any thoughts of City being a winning goal machine under NW are pie-in-the-sky! When third from bottom is your goal, the season's a right off.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should tell that to Torquay, Portsmouth and Scunthorpe supporters? Yes, we were lucky to get a point yesterday (I was among the 700) but one point is better than no point at all, especially against the division's form team. Things will look better after a couple of wins on the bounce, hopefully starting on Sunday. COYR Tug job

11:46am Fri 27 Dec 13

duffy says...

yorkonafork wrote:
Lowe is no better than Smith!? Think you need to stop posting on the Press website, Chris, and get back to training.
Yep way better and that stats since Smith dropped out and Lowe came into the team back it up. January is still the key regardless of yesterdays result and the one at Bury. I think most people now accept Worthington got it wrong in the summer with the defence and the number of loanees in the team is crazy.
Having said that he has the chance to turn it around shortly. Strengthen the right areas, creative midfielder, another striker, center half and we will be fine, if the points per game don't improve by the end of February I think he will probably be sacked.
[quote][p][bold]yorkonafork[/bold] wrote: Lowe is no better than Smith!? Think you need to stop posting on the Press website, Chris, and get back to training.[/p][/quote]Yep way better and that stats since Smith dropped out and Lowe came into the team back it up. January is still the key regardless of yesterdays result and the one at Bury. I think most people now accept Worthington got it wrong in the summer with the defence and the number of loanees in the team is crazy. Having said that he has the chance to turn it around shortly. Strengthen the right areas, creative midfielder, another striker, center half and we will be fine, if the points per game don't improve by the end of February I think he will probably be sacked. duffy

2:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Tug job says...

I see we've signed the former Peterborough striker Shaquille McDonald, who has recently been on loan at Histon, though he won't be eligible to play until 1st January, when the transfer window reopens.
I see we've signed the former Peterborough striker Shaquille McDonald, who has recently been on loan at Histon, though he won't be eligible to play until 1st January, when the transfer window reopens. Tug job

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