York City manager Nigel Worthington hails winning streak

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON wants York City to keep their “winning mentality”.

The Minstermen chief was “delighted” to pick up three points at Northampton Town as a 2-0 victory made it three successive wins for his team and lifted them to 14th in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Worthington was particularly pleased with the way his team managed the game after forging in front but insisted his squad must continue their momentum.

“For a good hour, it was a real grind and then the game started to stretch out a bit,” Worthington said of the Sixfields success. “We managed it very well. The goal gives you a little lift and then we go and get the second one.

“Before the game you think ‘come away with a point at least – from here it is a good result’ but I am delighted to get all three. They deserve it.

“I thought we had a good shape about us, a good solidness, which is important. We must keep that.

“To go 2-0 and then manage the game the way we did was pleasing. We have been up before this season and we’ve lost. In recent weeks, we have been up and kept it but I thought there was a real reassurance out on the pitch that we were in control of the situation.”

“It is as long as you keep winning,” Worthington added when asked if the situation was now looking brighter at Bootham Crescent.

“If we can pick another three points up in front of our own supporters next week, who knows where that will take us? Three wins on the bounce is very good at any level of football and we must try to keep that momentum and endeavour and winning mentality there.”

Worthington heaped praise on debutant Russell Penn, who commanded the midfield after signing from Cheltenham Town at the start of the week.

“What an outstanding debut,” he said. “That’s what we are looking for.

“We know big Lewis (Montrose) will go into the tackle but Russell has got that tenacity, gets the timing right, and he’s determined.

“I think the likes of him in there sets off everyone else around him.

“I was very pleased. He was very solid, hard working and composed on the ball.”

Worthington expects striker Ryan Jarvis to recover quickly after the late substitute had to come off only three minutes after taking to the pitch following a bang on a knee.

• Winger Ashley Chambers, who left York City last week, scored an equaliser for Cambridge United in their 2-2 FA Trophy draw with Luton Town on Saturday.

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12:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

pip007 says...

Well done Nigel. We're starting to look like a strong League 2 team.
Well done Nigel. We're starting to look like a strong League 2 team. pip007
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1:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

DavidBu says...

It's great to be positive and you expect the Manager only to look at this aspect if it takes the pressure of him, but the YP's Football correspondent must have had his pink glasses at Northampton. Before the fortunate goals went in, none of the York players deserved his glowing marks out of ten.
I hope that my reading of the match, from behind the goal where both goals were scored, is wrong and that for the first hour we were not aimless and unable to keep possession and to deal with a N'ton side which grew in confidence and fluency, but which, fortunately for us, couldn't work out how to score but which would have beaten us quite convincingly if they had.
It's great to be positive and you expect the Manager only to look at this aspect if it takes the pressure of him, but the YP's Football correspondent must have had his pink glasses at Northampton. Before the fortunate goals went in, none of the York players deserved his glowing marks out of ten. I hope that my reading of the match, from behind the goal where both goals were scored, is wrong and that for the first hour we were not aimless and unable to keep possession and to deal with a N'ton side which grew in confidence and fluency, but which, fortunately for us, couldn't work out how to score but which would have beaten us quite convincingly if they had. DavidBu
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2:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Filofact! says...

A great start to the new year. Well done Nigel and the lads.
Some welcome additions to the squad should give confidence a boost.
Keep up the good work City.
A great start to the new year. Well done Nigel and the lads. Some welcome additions to the squad should give confidence a boost. Keep up the good work City. Filofact!
  • Score: 5

6:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bartonmbjib says...

DavidBu wrote:
It's great to be positive and you expect the Manager only to look at this aspect if it takes the pressure of him, but the YP's Football correspondent must have had his pink glasses at Northampton. Before the fortunate goals went in, none of the York players deserved his glowing marks out of ten.
I hope that my reading of the match, from behind the goal where both goals were scored, is wrong and that for the first hour we were not aimless and unable to keep possession and to deal with a N'ton side which grew in confidence and fluency, but which, fortunately for us, couldn't work out how to score but which would have beaten us quite convincingly if they had.
i respect your opinion if you were at the game but honest fans supporting title winning teams will have witnessed many apoor performance only to end up leaving a game having watched team get three points so its no different at york thats football.
[quote][p][bold]DavidBu[/bold] wrote: It's great to be positive and you expect the Manager only to look at this aspect if it takes the pressure of him, but the YP's Football correspondent must have had his pink glasses at Northampton. Before the fortunate goals went in, none of the York players deserved his glowing marks out of ten. I hope that my reading of the match, from behind the goal where both goals were scored, is wrong and that for the first hour we were not aimless and unable to keep possession and to deal with a N'ton side which grew in confidence and fluency, but which, fortunately for us, couldn't work out how to score but which would have beaten us quite convincingly if they had.[/p][/quote]i respect your opinion if you were at the game but honest fans supporting title winning teams will have witnessed many apoor performance only to end up leaving a game having watched team get three points so its no different at york thats football. bartonmbjib
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7:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

erniet says...

I know we all see things from different perspectives, but I was at the match as well, also behind the same goal and I can't agree on the points made above. I said in an earlier post that it wasn't a great game or performance but we did look solid. Defensively we looked a million miles better than some of the games this season. Northampton certainly were on top for some phases, notably in the first 20 minutes of the game and then the first 15 minutes of the second half. But tell me what Ingham actually had to do? It's was fairly even over the first hour, and neither side threatened much but once we scored I thought Northampton just disintegrated. Certainly after the second, they couldn't put a pass together. I don't see how you can say they could have beaten us convincingly. Never looked likely to me, and I'd say I'm normally a pessimistic sort of watcher!
I know we all see things from different perspectives, but I was at the match as well, also behind the same goal and I can't agree on the points made above. I said in an earlier post that it wasn't a great game or performance but we did look solid. Defensively we looked a million miles better than some of the games this season. Northampton certainly were on top for some phases, notably in the first 20 minutes of the game and then the first 15 minutes of the second half. But tell me what Ingham actually had to do? It's was fairly even over the first hour, and neither side threatened much but once we scored I thought Northampton just disintegrated. Certainly after the second, they couldn't put a pass together. I don't see how you can say they could have beaten us convincingly. Never looked likely to me, and I'd say I'm normally a pessimistic sort of watcher! erniet
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7:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up.
The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up. OLD - HEAD
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9:48pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up.
Hi OLD-HEAD. What you say that the league sides are of equal strength is
probably right. but when you start saying about points, your presenting the
negative side, turn it around and look a the positive one, beat those above you and you will overtake them we are 8 adrift of the play offs, we still have 20 games to play, anything can happen, it could be we could go the rest of the season unbeaten , 10 draws 10 wins we could finish with 71 pts by beating those above you we would be in the ply offs.
That is what they call playing with figures. but its possible. "AINT IT."?????
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up.[/p][/quote]Hi OLD-HEAD. What you say that the league sides are of equal strength is probably right. but when you start saying about points, your presenting the negative side, turn it around and look a the positive one, beat those above you and you will overtake them we are 8 adrift of the play offs, we still have 20 games to play, anything can happen, it could be we could go the rest of the season unbeaten , 10 draws 10 wins we could finish with 71 pts by beating those above you we would be in the ply offs. That is what they call playing with figures. but its possible. "AINT IT."????? bill bailey
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1:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Edsoni says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up.
I agree with Old Head.
It's great to start the new year so well but we only have to look back to what followed the Scunthorpe game and indeed this time last year.
When you've seen the performances over Christmas you would be foolish to get complacent.
Let's keep the atmosphere positive but keep some realism.
Even if Worthington has addressed some of the weaknesses, we don't yet know whether the new intake will prove to be Clays/Puris or Fletchers/Carsons.
However one thing's for sure we're much better placed than we were on the last Sunday of 2013.
Hopefully the greater overall maturity of the squad will lead to more consistency but that's still more hope than proven fact.
Here's hoping for more proof on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: The lesson is to try and not get carried away by those three straight wins. Of course its fantastic, but your luck can change like the weather. We have currently played one more game than most teams below us. And the points margin between City and the bottom two is still very small. I honestly believe that Division 2 has some very average teams who are all capable of beating each other. Still a long way to go before we can get the cigars out, but at least the three wins has cheered us all up.[/p][/quote]I agree with Old Head. It's great to start the new year so well but we only have to look back to what followed the Scunthorpe game and indeed this time last year. When you've seen the performances over Christmas you would be foolish to get complacent. Let's keep the atmosphere positive but keep some realism. Even if Worthington has addressed some of the weaknesses, we don't yet know whether the new intake will prove to be Clays/Puris or Fletchers/Carsons. However one thing's for sure we're much better placed than we were on the last Sunday of 2013. Hopefully the greater overall maturity of the squad will lead to more consistency but that's still more hope than proven fact. Here's hoping for more proof on Saturday. Edsoni
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